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How To Use EFFECT() Function in Google Sheets


Calculates the annual effective interest rate given the nominal rate and number of compounding periods per year.

Common questions about the EFFECT formula include:
1. What does the EFFECT formula do?
2. How do I use the formula?
3. What are the parameters of the formula?

The EFFECT formula can be used to calculate the percentage change between two numbers in a given range. It is most commonly used to compare metrics over time to assess growth or decline.

The EFFECT formula can be commonly mistyped in a few ways, such as:mistaking the word “effect” for “effected”, inaccurately inputting the number range used in the formula, or failing to include the two parameters for the formula.

Some common ways the EFFECT formula is used inappropriately include using the formula to compare two metrics at the same time (for example, comparing the stock price of two companies at the same time), using an incorrect number range for the formula, or forgetting to include the two parameters in the formula.

Common pitfalls when using the EFFECT formula include not being aware of the parameters of the formula or not having sufficient data to compare properly.

Common mistakes when using the EFFECT Formula are mistyping the formula, incorrectly selecting the range of numbers, or forgetting to use two parameters.

Common misconceptions people might have with the EFFECT Formula include thinking that the formula can compare two metrics at the same time or that the parameters are interchangeable.

How To Actually Use EFFECT() in Sheets

EFFECT(nominal_rate, periods_per_year)

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With the Google Sheets EFFECT function, you can calculate the effective interest rate for an investment or a loan. The nominal interest rate does not give you the actual return on an investment like the fixed deposit or from a savings account. In contrast, the effective interest rate gives you the actual return.

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