A loan for $150,000 for 30 years at 6% compounded semi-annually. What is the monthly payment of this loan and at what payment will the loan be reduced to approximately $75,000, or about half the original principal? Thank you for help.

Guest Apr 19, 2018

The first thing you have to do is to convert 6% from compounded semi-annually to compounded monthly. And you can do that as follows:

1.03^(1/6) =1.004938622 - 1 x 100 =0.4938622% - This is the monthly compound rate.

0.4938622 x 12 =5.9263464% - This is the annual rate compounded monthly.

I shall use this amortization schedule to give you all the answers you want:




All the answers to your question are in the above amortization schedule:

Look at the top and you will see the monthly payment = $892.24

Look at the last column of the table where it says "Ending Balance". Go down that column until you see a balance closest to $75,000, and, quickly, you will see that after the 251st payment the balance of the loan will be =$75,064.79, which the closest to $75,000 as you can get.

I hope this answers all your questions. Good luck.

Guest Apr 19, 2018

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