# Using BA II Plus Calculator

#### WoodsFRM

##### New Member
I am running through Level 1 FRM and doing ok but where I really struggle is using the calculator.

I have looked at tutorials online and cannot see much on the two questions below.

firstly I wanted to calculate the SMM, I am doing as follows

with a prepayment rate constant at 6%
CPR = 1 – (1 – SMM)12
And so,
SMM = 1 – (1 – CPR)1/12 = 1 – (1 – 0.006)1/12 = 0.0005014 = 0.05014%

I can do this in Excel and get the correct answer however, I only have a calculator in the Exam. when typing this in I cannot get back to the 0.0005014 answer. I try using Yx as either 1/12 or 0.0833 (1 over 12), I have also written it as 1 – (1 – 0.006)12 but still no luck.

what am I doing wrong?

In addition, I am trying to calculate the continuous compounding value of a portfolio.

portfolio value - $88m yield - 4% Duration - 5 years the calculation is 88 * -0.04*5 = USD 72.05 million ( ) but I cannot get back to the$72.05m. How would this be entered into the calculator?

I hope the above makes sense!

If I master this then I am pretty much there for Book 3.

Thanks,

Martin

#### Library_books

##### New Member
For the continuous compounding problem:
First: calculate (- 0.04*5) = - 0.2
Second: when you get the value of - 0.2 then select the e button on the calculator that will give you a value of 0.82.
Third: multiply this 0.82 with 88. That should give you 72.05.