## Excel Functions

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- ABS (WS, VBA)
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- ACOS (WS)
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- VDB (WS)
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- WEEKDAY (WS, VBA)
- WEEKDAYNAME (VBA)
- YEAR (WS, VBA)

# MS Excel: RATE Function (WS, VBA)

Learn how to use the Excel **RATE function** with syntax and examples.

## Description

The Microsoft Excel **RATE function** returns the interest rate for an annuity.

## Syntax

The syntax for the Microsoft Excel **RATE function** is:

RATE( number_payments, payment, PV, [FV], [Type], [Estimate] )

### Parameters or Arguments

*number_payments* is the number of payments for the annuity.

*payment* is the amount of the payment made each period.

*PV* is the present value.

*FV* is optional. It is the future value. If this parameter is omitted, the **RATE function** assumes a *FV* value of 0.

*Type* is optional. It indicates when the payments are due. *Type* can be one of the following values:

Value | Explanation |
---|---|

0 | Payments are due at the end of the period. (default) |

1 | Payments are due at the beginning of the period. |

If the *Type* parameter is omitted, the **RATE function** assumes a *Type* value of 0.

*Estimate* is optional. It is your guess at what the rate will be. If this parameter is omitted, the **RATE function** assumes an *Estimate* of 10%.

## Applies To

The **RATE function** can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

- Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

## Type of Excel Function

The **RATE function** can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

- Worksheet function (WS)
- VBA function (VBA)

## Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at an example to how you would use the **RATE examples** and explore how to use the **RATE function** as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

This first example returns the interest rate on a $5,000 loan where monthly payments of $250 are made for 2 years. All payments are made at the end of the period.

=RATE(2*12, -250, 5000)

This next example returns the interest rate on a $5,000 loan where monthly payments of $250 are made for 2 years. All payments are made at the beginning of the period.

=RATE(2*12, -250, 5000, , 1)

This next example returns the interest rate on a $8,000 loan where weekly payments of $700 are made for 4 years. All payments are made at the end of the period.

=RATE(4*52, -700, 8000, , 0)

This final example returns the interest rate on a $6,500 loan where annual payments of $1,000 are made for 10 years. All payments are made at the end of the period.

=RATE(10*1, -1000, 6500)

## Example (as VBA Function)

The **RATE function** can also be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel RATE function examples and explore how to use the **RATE function** in Excel VBA code:

Dim LValue As Double LValue = Rate(10*1, -1000, 6500)

In this example, the variable called LValue would now contain the value of 0.087113756.