0.4 Ordinary Annuities

An annuity is a series of cash flows that must satisfy both of the following conditions, in order to qualify as an annuity, namely it:

  • Arrives (or leaves) in regular intervals
  • Consists of equal dollar amounts

If a series of cash flows may be defined as an annuity, then a short-cut mathematical or tabular method may be used to figure the series’ FV/PV.

In Investments, most (if not all) annuities may be qualified as “Ordinary Annuities,” since their cash flows occur at the end of the relevant periods.

Other annuities are called “Annuities Due,” meaning that the CFs occur at the start of the relevant period.

If the cash flows do not qualify as an annuity, then its FV/PV may be derived only by calculating the FV/PV of each discrete CF and then aggregating.

This is the same process by which we shall derive the “short-cut” Annuity TVM factors.


Icon for the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Corporate Finance Copyright © 2023 by Kenneth S. Bigel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Share This Book