The present value annuity factor formula is a simplified version of the present value of an annuity formula. It is a factor that is used to calculate the present value of one dollar cash flows.

### Wait, what is an annuity?

An annuity is a sum of money that is paid periodically in fixed amounts at regular intervals. Payments are usually made:

- Annually – once a year,
- semi-annually – twice a year,
- quarterly – four times a year,
- monthly – 12 times a year.

That happens because of the time value of money, according to which, the same amount of money available at the present time is worth more than the same amount available in the future because money available at the present time can be used to create more money.

So, the present value of an annuity formula can be very useful while deciding between taking a lump sum payment now or to receive a series of cash payments in the future instead.

### How to calculate present value annuity factor?

Annuity\;PV\;factor = \frac{ 1 - ( 1 + r )^{-n} }{r}Where **r** is a rate per period and **n** is a number of periods.

This formula is derived by taking out the payment amount from the present value of an annuity formula.

### How to use annuity present value factor in practise

If you want to calculate a present value of more than one annuity, you can use the annuity present value factor. You can calculate the factor for each option with different rates and numbers of payments and write it in a table. Once you know the present value of one dollar payments you can multiply the factor by the actual periodic cash flows to find the present value of the annuity. For example:

Number
of payments | Interest
rate per period | Annuity
present value factor | Periodic
cash flows | Present value of
annuity |

2 | 5% | 0.54 | $50 | $27 |

3 | 4% | 0.36 | $18 | |

4 | 3% | 0.27 | $13.5 |

### Examples of present value annuity factor calculation

*Example 1. What is the present value of annuity factor if the interest rate is 2% and the payments are made annually for 10 years?*

This means that every dollar of the investment receives 0.11 dollars for 10 years at 2%.

*Example 2. An individual chooses between four annuities:*

*The interest rate is 5%, the number of payments is 4.**The interest rate is 4%, the number of payments is 5.**The interest rate is 3%, the number of payments is 6.**The interest rate is 6%, the number of payments is 3.*

Once the greatest present value annuity factor is known, the individual wants to know the present value of the annuity if the cash flows are:

- $500
- $1,000

**Step 1. Calculating the present value annuity factor**

The best option is the fourth one, each dollar of the investment gains 0.37 for 3 years at 6%.

**Step 2. Calculating the present value of the annuity**

- Present value of the annuity = 0.37 × $500 = $185
- Present value of the annuity = 0.37 × $1,000 = $370