# CUMIPMT Function

Calculates the cumulative interest paid on a loan taken or an investment made

Calculates the cumulative interest paid on a loan taken or an investment made

The CUMIPMT Function is a Financial function. CUMIPMT helps in calculating the cumulative interest paid on a loan taken or an investment made.

**=CUMIPMT(rate, nper, pv, start_period, end_period, type)**

The CUMIPMT function uses the following arguments:

**Rate**(required argument) – It is the rate of interest per period.**Nper**(required argument) – It is the total number of payment periods for which the loan or investment is to be paid.**Pv**(required argument) – It is the Present Value of the loan/investment.**Start_period**(required argument) – It is the number of the first period over which the interest is to be calculated. It needs to be an integer between 1 and the specified NPER.**End_period**(required argument) – It is the last period over which interest is to be calculated. It must be an integer between 1 and the specified NPER.**Type**(required argument) – It can be 0 or 1. It is an integer that specifies if the payment is made at the start of the period (0) or the end of the period (1).

To understand the uses of the CUMIPMT function, let us consider a few examples:

Let’s assume we took a $100,000 loan that needs to be paid off over 5 years. The interest charged by the bank is 10% and we are required to make monthly payments. First, we need to arrange the data in such a manner that it becomes easier to apply the formula and avoid errors.

We will do this for all years. As seen in the screenshot above, the start and end periods change for each year. To avoid errors, we can use a formula. I used the following formula for the start_period:

For the end_period, I used the following formula:

As seen above, the interest rate charged is on a per annum basis. We need to convert them into a monthly rate (10%/12). It is the period rate in our table above.

Also, there are 60 total payments, as we would be making monthly payments.

Let’s see how this formula can be used in the given scenario:

We will get the result below:

The calculated interest payments are negative values, as it represents outgoing payments for the person who took the loan.

Often, this formula will give very or very low results. It generally happens when we forget to convert the annual interest rates or the number of periods to months or quarters as required. To avoid errors, we need to make sure that we are consistent about units for specifying rate and nper.

With the same data as above, let’s see how the results would change if we were required to make quarterly payments. Now, as we need to make quarterly payments, the number of periods per year will change to 4.

The table will look like this:

The formula to use will be:

We will get the following result:

- #NUM! error – Occurs in the following scenarios:
- When the given start_period or end_period is less than or equal to zero.
- When the given start_period is greater than end_period.
- When any of the given argument, that is rate, nper or PV, is less than or equal to zero.
- The argument type is not equal to 0 or 1.

- #VALUE! error – Occurs when any of the given arguments is a non-numeric value or is not recognized as a numerical value by Excel.

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