Discounted Cash Flow

Discounted cash flow is a way of calculating the current value of future sums of money. Future cash flows are estimated and then discounted to give their current value, or net present value. The approach requires the use of a discount rate, to discount the future cash flows. For riskier projects a higher discount rate should be used. Future cash flows may not occur to the value anticipated, or when the calculations assume they will happen. Despite these problems, discounted cash flow is widely used as a means of investment appraisal. See also Investment Appraisal and Net Present Value.

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