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How can I calculate (approximate) the future value of my investments? Is this formula appropriate?

I want to check to see if I'm meeting my investment goals, so I want to project forward my assets given a growth rate and a monthly deposit amount. What is the best formula to use for this? Is this ...
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How to get most accurate stock data downloaded to excel

I've been downloading historical NASDAQ stock data from yahoo for about 2 years. Yesterday, 12/31/2013, it started to not download any historical data. But now I realize that yahoo's data probably ...
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How and Where can I easily pull data for the Dow 30?

Where/How can I pull the following data on the DJIA stocks into Excel from the Web that updates every time I hit refresh in Excel? The data: 1. Last 12 months of dividend payments 2. Prices 3. DJIA ...
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What Excel function to use to calculate the return or interest rate on a savings account?

I'm getting confused by Excel's various different financial functions. Which one would I use to answer the following two questions and how? Suppose that on October 1st, 2012 I open a savings account ...
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How can I make Excel handle fractions like Quickbooks?

When you have a fraction in Excel like 1.085 rounded to two decimals = 1.09. In Excel if you add a series of these fractions with displayed two decimals of precision you are really adding 1.085 and ...
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Calculating Future and Present value into mortgage comparisons

I'm looking to buy a home in the next 3 or 4 months. The bank I'm working with has 10 different mortgage rates, currently ranging from 3.5% to 4.625%, with points respectively ranging from 2.875 to ...
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Daily interest calculation combined with monthly compounding: Why do banks do this, and how-to in Excel?

I often see banks advertise (for accounts with fixed yearly interest, let's say 1.5%) – "interested is calculated daily, and compounded monthly". I have 2 questions: Why are they calculating ...