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I simply can not get the BA 11 plus to run a simple TVM calculation. Although I have the card, and feel that I am following the instructions properly, I always get error 5 code. What am I doing wrong? David

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Error 5 indicates one of two conditions while doing a TVM calculation.

1) You tried to compute the interest rate when FV, PV, and PMT all have the same sign. Make sure cash inflows are positive and outflows are negative.

2) The LN input is not greater than zero during calculations.

The first is much more likely.

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It's a little tough to diagnose with what you've given. Could you post all the numbers you're putting in, the result you're getting, and the result you expect?

Sep 12, 2013 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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My BA II plus professional showing wrong answer while computing "N" during TVM calculation


Make sure you have P/Y set to 1 and BGN/END set to END. With those settings, pressing 9 I/Y 9 2 0 FV 1 0 0 +/- PMT CPT N should produce 7.00 .

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BA II plus gives approximate answer for FV calculations


The 107,186.37 is what the future value would be if the interest per month is 0.58%, which is 6.96% per year. Try the following:
2nd [CLR TVM] 1 2 N 7 I/YR 1 0 0 0 0 0 PV CPT FV
As for rounding, you can change the calculator display to any number of digits (up to a limit, of course) by pressing 2nd [FORMAT] and then a number specifying the number of desired digits after the decimal point or 9 for floating decimal.

Mar 14, 2012 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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Error 1 or error 5 while solving for TVM problems.


According to the manual, error 1 indicates "Overflow", a number whose magnitude is greater than 9.9999999999999E99. Error 5 indicates "No solution exists", for example when FV, (N*PMT), and PV all have the same sign.

If you still have trouble, please feel free to reply to this post, giving sample problems producing these errors.

Jun 25, 2011 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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Hello I bought the Texas Instruments BA 2 plus,how to change 2 fin mode?there is no mode button.


The calculator has different worksheets.
To access TVM worksheet, press [2nd] and any TVM key : N, I/Y, PV, PMT or FV
To enter Amortization worksheet, press [2nd][AMORT]
To access Cash Flow (problem with unequal cash flows) Press CF, or NPV, or CPT or IRR
To access BOND worksheets press [2nd][BND]
For depreciation worksheets press [2nd][DPR]
For statistics, use [2nd][DATA], or [2nd][STAT].
There are other worksheets [2nd][Delta%], [2nd][DATE], [2nd][PROFIT], [2nd][BRKEVN],[2nd][MEMory].

These shortcuts will not get you anywhere if you do not consult the manual.

Jun 19, 2011 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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I would like some help in solving some TVM problems using the BA II Plus calculator. i.e. How to solve: I invested a lump sum of $2400 in an investment that returns 6% annually. How much will the...


2nd [CLR TVM] (clear TVM registers)

2 4 0 0 +/- PV ($2400 initial investment, negative because you're paying it out)

6 I/Y (6% annual interest)

1 N (one year)

CPT FV (compute future value, see 2544.00, the value after one year)

5 N (five years)

CPT FV (see 3211.74, the value after five years)

1 0 N (ten years)

CPT FV (see 4298.03, the value after ten years)

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I would like step by step instructions on how to solve a simple TVM equation. i.e. I invest a lump sume of $2400 in an investment that returns 6% annually. How much will the investment be worth after ...


GOOD QUESTION, Patweetyp...

I've got you covered.

Seeing how it's been three weeks since you posted this there's a chance you've already gotten your answer, but let me go ahead solve this for those out there who may have had the same problem.

Background: There are FIVE TVM Keys; and as you would assume, you MUST input FOUR of them in order for the BA II Plus to solve for the fifth. Now let's get down to business.

1. Hit CLR TVM. [This is just a cleanup maneuver]
1a. Hit ENTER [yes, BA II Plus always needs to be told to store the value, ALWAYS]
2. Type in -2400
3. Hit PV [Since you are investing money at time 0, your present value is negative 2400]
3a. Hit ENTER
4. Type 6
5. Hit I/Y [Your annually compounded interest rate is 6 percent]
5a. Hit ENTER
6. Type 0
7. Hit PMT [you do not have any recurring deposits*]
7a. Hit ENTER
8. Type 1
9. Hit N [there is one year until expiration/liquidation/termination]
9a. Hit ENTER
10. Hit CPT
11. Hit FV [this is your ANSWER = 2544]
----- From here, all you would need to do is change N in order to get your other answers (5 years, 10 years, etc) ----

*If your calculation does not require a recurring payment then you really just have a basic equation of value which would be solved faster by hand. (IE, 2400*(1.06)^1=FV=2544).

You'll notice that I underlined "annually compounded" as well as "one year". The reason for this is because you ALWAYS need your interest term to match your time interval. For instance, if you had monthly payments of which you wanted the year-end total you would need a monthly effective interest rate, and N would be 12.



Okay, I hope that helped. The BAII Plus is the best calculator for time-value-money calculations I've come across. When things get more advanced, you will start using the amortization table which cannot be found in any other TI Calculator (from what I know). TVM is perfect for annuities, mortgages, loans, bonds, and more.

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Feb 19, 2011 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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My TI BA II Plus is returning incorrect answers for TVM problems... Is this common and can it be fixed?


It's more common that one of the settings is not correct. Check the BEGIN/END setting, the number of payments per year, and the number of compounding periods per year.

If you still have problems, please give an example of a TVM problem, with your results and the correct result. Simply saying "incorrect results" doesn't let anyone help you.

Oct 05, 2010 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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My TI BA ii plus calculator is calculating the incorrect answer for a TVM problem. What is wrong?


Before each calculation of a TVM problem you must fully clear the calculator ... Press [2ND] [CPT] [2ND] [FV]

Best of luck

Mar 12, 2010 | Texas Instruments BA-II Plus Calculator

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BAII Plus TVM Applications


2nd [CLR TVM] (clears any previous results)

4 I/Y (4% interest rate)

1 2 0 0 +/- ($1200 monthly payment, negative because you're paying out the amount)

2 5 0 0 0 FV (desired value, positive because you'll be receiving the amount)

CPT N (compute the number of payments)

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