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NPV and FV From Scheduled Cash Flows

From Charley Kyd's Excel Newsletter.

When readers ask questions that I think others would find useful, I try to take the time to frame my answer as an article.
Recently a reader asked about the XNPV and XIRR functions, which are new with Excel 2007.
These are really useful functions. Suppose you have a column of cash flows and a column of dates. The dates don't need to be periodic. These functions find the Net Present Value and the Internal Rate of Return for that schedule of cash flows.
My reader wondered if there's a way to do the same thing for Future Values.
It turns out that the SUMPRODUCT function can do exactly what he needed. Better yet, this function allows Excel 2003 users to calculate both the future and present values of the same cash flow schedule.
See Find Future & Present Values From Scheduled Cash Flows In Excel 2003 and Excel 2007.