Facts about compound interest and continuous compounding

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Annual interest for 3 years (1+.04)3
Compounded quarterly (1 + .04/4)3·4 = (1 + 1/{4/.04}){4/.04}·3·.04
In symbols (1 + r/k)n·k=(1 + 1/{k/r}){k/r}·n·r where k is the frequency of compounding, r is the rate, n is years.
let m = k/r to get (1 + {1/m})m·n·r which in the limit as k, i.e. m goes to infinity, becomes en·r

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