**Excel RATE Function:** Sometimes, we want to find out the interest rate in the spreadsheet for huge data. At that time, we can use the Excel RATE function. With the help of this built-in function, we can achieve the task as quickly as possible. We all know that Excel is a spreadsheet program that helps to perform mathematical operations.

We will illustrate the definition, fundamental syntax, and usage of the **Excel RATE Functio**n. Get an official version of **Microsoft Excel** from the following link:

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## Definition of RATE Function

- It is one of the built-in functions in Microsoft Excel.
- The Excel RATE function
**returns the interest rate evaluated by iteration**. - It computes the interest rate per period of an annuity and can have zero or more solutions.

## Syntax

- Here, you will see the syntax of the RATE function.
- To apply this function on your spreadsheet, you have to
**select a cell**and**enter the formula**in the following format. - Once you enter the formula, just
**click**on the**Enter**button to get the result.

**=RATE(nper, pmt, pv, [fv], [type], [guess])**

**Argument Description:**

**Nper (Required)**– The total number of payment periods (months, quarters, years, etc.) in an annuity.**Pmt (Required)**– It is the payment made every period.**Pv (Required)**– The present value of all future payments.**Fv (Optional)**– The future value after the last payment. It is also referred to as the desired cash balance, and its default value is 0.**Type (Optional)**– It needs to be indicated when payments are due. It can be a number of either 0 or 1.

Set type equal to | If payments are due |
---|---|

0 or omitted | At the end of the period |

1 | At the beginning of the period |

**Guess (Optional)**– It is the number between 0 and 1. When this argument is omitted, it assumes to be 10%.

**Note:**

1) **#NUM! Error –** It appears if the function fails to converge to a solution. This error occurs if you could not use the cash flow convention of negative numbers to indicate outgoing cash flows and positive numbers to represent incoming cash flows.

2) **#VALUE! Error** – The function returns the **#VALUE! Error** if any one of the supplied values is a non-numeric character.

## Examples

Let’s look at some practical examples of **the RATE Function** and explore using it in Microsoft Excel.

- Initially, you have to open your Excel workbook on your PC and launch a worksheet that has data.
- For example, we have given the
**input values**in**Columns B**,**C**, and**D**. And we will get the interest rate using the RATE function.

- Then, you have to
**enter the formula**in the cell as shown below to get the result.

- After entering the formula, you need to
**click**the**Enter**button to get the output, as shown below. You can drag down the cell to fill the remaining cells.

## Input that Causes Error

- The
**#NUM! Error**appears if the function fails to converge to a solution. This error occurs if you fail to use the cash flow convention of negative numbers to indicate outgoing cash flows and positive numbers to represent incoming cash flows. - The function returns the
**#VALUE! Error**if any one of the supplied values is a non-numeric character.

## A Brief Summary

We hope that the above post helped you know how to use **EXCEL RATE Function** in the worksheet. The examples let you understand the function even clearer.

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## Video Tutorial

Use the following video to know how to apply the Excel RATE function in the worksheet.

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