In

economics
Economics () is the social science that studies the Production (economics), production, distribution (economics), distribution, and Consumption (economics), consumption of goods and services.
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and finance
Finance is the study and discipline of money, currency and capital assets. It is related to, but not synonymous with economics, the study of Production (economics), production, Distribution (economics), distribution, and Consumption (economics) ...

, present value (PV), also known as present discounted value, is the value of an expected income stream determined as of the date of valuation. The present value is usually less than the future value because money has interest
In finance and economics, interest is payment from a debtor, borrower or deposit-taking financial institution to a lender or depositor of an amount above repayment of the principal sum (that is, the amount borrowed), at a particular rate. It is ...

-earning potential, a characteristic referred to as the time value of money
The time value of money is the widely accepted conjecture that there is greater benefit to receiving a sum of money
Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, ...

, except during times of zero- or negative interest rates, when the present value will be equal or more than the future value. Time value can be described with the simplified phrase, "A dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow". Here, 'worth more' means that its value is greater than tomorrow. A dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow because the dollar can be invested and earn a day's worth of interest, making the total accumulate to a value more than a dollar by tomorrow. Interest can be compared to rent. Just as rent is paid to a landlord by a tenant without the ownership of the asset being transferred, interest is paid to a lender by a borrower who gains access to the money for a time before paying it back. By letting the borrower have access to the money, the lender has sacrificed the exchange value of this money, and is compensated for it in the form of interest. The initial amount of borrowed funds (the present value) is less than the total amount of money paid to the lender.
Present value calculations, and similarly future value
Future value is the value of an asset
In financial accounting, an asset is any resource owned or controlled by a business or an economic entity. It is anything (tangible or intangible) that can be used to produce positive economic value. As ...

calculations, are used to value loans
In finance, a loan is the lending of money by one or more individuals, organizations, or other entities to other individuals, organizations, etc. The recipient (i.e., the borrower) incurs a debt and is usually liable to pay interest on that de ...

, mortgages
A mortgage loan or simply mortgage (), in civil law (legal system), civil law jurisdicions known also as a hypothec loan, is a loan used either by purchasers of real property to raise funds to buy real estate, or by existing property owners ...

, annuities
In investment
Investment is the dedication of money to purchase of an asset to attain an increase in value over a period of time. Investment requires a sacrifice of some present asset, such as time, money, or effort.
In finance, the purpose ...

, sinking fund
A sinking fund is a fund established by an economic entity by setting aside revenue over a period of time to fund a future capital expense, or repayment of a long-term debt.
In North America and elsewhere where it is common for public and privat ...

s, perpetuities, bonds, and more. These calculations are used to make comparisons between cash flows that don’t occur at simultaneous times, since time and dates must be consistent in order to make comparisons between values. When deciding between projects in which to invest, the choice can be made by comparing respective present values of such projects by means of discounting the expected income streams at the corresponding project interest rate, or rate of return. The project with the highest present value, i.e. that is most valuable today, should be chosen.
Background

If offered a choice between $100 today or $100 in one year, and there is a positive real interest rate throughout the year, a rational person will choose $100 today. This is described by economists astime preference
In economics, time preference (or time discounting, delay discounting, temporal discounting, long-term orientation) is the current relative valuation placed on receiving a Production (economics), good or some cash at an earlier date compared with ...

. Time preference can be measured by auctioning off a risk free security—like a US Treasury bill. If a $100 note with a zero coupon, payable in one year, sells for $80 now, then $80 is the present value of the note that will be worth $100 a year from now. This is because money can be put in a bank account or any other (safe) investment that will return interest in the future.
An investor who has some money has two options: to spend it right now or to save it. But the financial compensation for saving it (and not spending it) is that the money value will accrue through the that he or she will receive from a borrower (the bank account in which he has the money deposited).
Therefore, to evaluate the real value of an amount of money today after a given period of time, economic agents compound the amount of money at a given (interest) rate. Most actuarial calculations use the risk-free interest rate which corresponds to the minimum guaranteed rate provided by a bank's saving account for example, assuming no risk of default by the bank to return the money to the account holder on time. To compare the change in purchasing power, the real interest rate
The real interest rate is the rate of interest an investor, saver or lender receives (or expects to receive) after allowing for inflation. It can be described more formally by the Fisher equation, which states that the real interest rate is approxi ...

(nominal interest rate In finance and economics, the nominal interest rate or nominal rate of interest is the rate of interest stated on a loan or investment, without any adjustments or fees. Examples of adjustments or fees
# An adjustment for inflation(in contrast with ...

minus inflation
In economics, inflation is an increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation corresponds to a reductio ...

rate) should be used.
The operation of evaluating a present value into the future value
Future value is the value of an asset
In financial accounting, an asset is any resource owned or controlled by a business or an economic entity. It is anything (tangible or intangible) that can be used to produce positive economic value. As ...

is called a capitalization (how much will $100 today be worth in 5 years?). The reverse operation—evaluating the present value of a future amount of money—is called a discounting (how much will $100 received in 5 years—at a lottery for example—be worth today?).
It follows that if one has to choose between receiving $100 today and $100 in one year, the rational decision is to choose the $100 today. If the money is to be received in one year and assuming the savings account interest rate is 5%, the person has to be offered at least $105 in one year so that the two options are equivalent (either receiving $100 today or receiving $105 in one year). This is because if $100 is deposited in a savings account, the value will be $105 after one year, again assuming no risk of losing the initial amount through bank default.
Interest rates

Interest is the additional amount of money gained between the beginning and the end of a time period. Interest represents thetime value of money
The time value of money is the widely accepted conjecture that there is greater benefit to receiving a sum of money
Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, ...

, and can be thought of as rent that is required of a borrower in order to use money from a lender. For example, when an individual takes out a bank loan, the individual is charged interest. Alternatively, when an individual deposits money into a bank, the money earns interest. In this case, the bank is the borrower of the funds and is responsible for crediting interest to the account holder. Similarly, when an individual invests in a company (through corporate bond
A corporate bond is a Bond (finance), bond issued by a corporation in order to raise financing for a variety of reasons such as to ongoing operations, Mergers and acquisitions, M&A, or to expand business. The term is usually applied to Financia ...

s, or through stock
In finance, stock (also capital stock) consists of all the Share (finance), shares by which ownership of a corporation or company is divided.Longman Business English Dictionary: "stock - ''especially AmE'' one of the shares into which owners ...

), the company is borrowing funds, and must pay interest to the individual (in the form of coupon payments, dividend
A dividend is a distribution of Profit (accounting), profits by a corporation to its shareholders. When a corporation earns a profit or surplus, it is able to pay a portion of the profit as a dividend to shareholders. Any amount not distributed ...

s, or stock price appreciation).
The interest rate is the change, expressed as a percentage, in the amount of money during one compounding period. A compounding period is the length of time that must transpire before interest is credited, or added to the total. For example, interest that is compounded annually is credited once a year, and the compounding period is one year. Interest that is compounded quarterly is credited four times a year, and the compounding period is three months. A compounding period can be any length of time, but some common periods are annually, semiannually, quarterly, monthly, daily, and even continuously.
There are several types and terms associated with interest
In finance and economics, interest is payment from a debtor, borrower or deposit-taking financial institution to a lender or depositor of an amount above repayment of the principal sum (that is, the amount borrowed), at a particular rate. It is ...

rates:
*, interest that increases exponentially over subsequent periods,
* Simple interest, additive interest that does not increase
* Effective interest rate, the effective equivalent compared to multiple compound interest periods
* Nominal annual interest, the simple annual interest rate of multiple interest periods
* Discount rate, an inverse interest rate when performing calculations in reverse
* Continuously compounded interest, the mathematical limit of an interest rate with a period of zero time.
*Real interest rate
The real interest rate is the rate of interest an investor, saver or lender receives (or expects to receive) after allowing for inflation. It can be described more formally by the Fisher equation, which states that the real interest rate is approxi ...

, which accounts for inflation.
Calculation

The operation of evaluating a present sum of money some time in the future is called a capitalization (how much will 100 today be worth in five years?). The reverse operation—evaluating the present value of a future amount of money—is called discounting (how much will 100 received in five years be worth today?). Spreadsheets commonly offer functions to compute present value. In Microsoft Excel, there are present value functions for single payments - "=NPV(...)", and series of equal, periodic payments - "=PV(...)". Programs will calculate present value flexibly for any cash flow and interest rate, or for a schedule of different interest rates at different times.Present value of a lump sum

The most commonly applied model of present valuation uses . The standard formula is: :$PV\; =\; \backslash frac\; \backslash ,$ Where $\backslash ,C\backslash ,$ is the future amount of money that must be discounted, $\backslash ,n\backslash ,$ is the number of compounding periods between the present date and the date where the sum is worth $\backslash ,C\backslash ,$, $\backslash ,i\backslash ,$ is the interest rate for one compounding period (the end of a compounding period is when interest is applied, for example, annually, semiannually, quarterly, monthly, daily). The interest rate, $\backslash ,i\backslash ,$, is given as a percentage, but expressed as a decimal in this formula. Often, $v^\; =\; \backslash ,(1\; +\; i)^$ is referred to as the Present Value Factor This is also found from the with negative time. For example, if you are to receive $1000 in five years, and the effective annual interest rate during this period is 10% (or 0.10), then the present value of this amount is :$PV\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash \$620.92\; \backslash ,$ The interpretation is that for an effective annual interest rate of 10%, an individual would be indifferent to receiving $1000 in five years, or $620.92 today. Thepurchasing power
Purchasing power is the amount of goods and services that can be purchased with a unit of currency. For example, if one had taken one unit of currency to a store in the 1950s, it would have been possible to buy a greater number of items than would ...

in today's money of an amount $\backslash ,C\backslash ,$ of money, $\backslash ,n\backslash ,$ years into the future, can be computed with the same formula, where in this case $\backslash ,i\backslash ,$ is an assumed future inflation rate
In economics, inflation is an increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation corresponds to a reductio ...

.
If we are using lower discount rate(''i'' ), then it allows the present values in the discount future to have higher values.
Net present value of a stream of cash flows

A cash flow is an amount of money that is either paid out or received, differentiated by a negative or positive sign, at the end of a period. Conventionally, cash flows that are received are denoted with a positive sign (total cash has increased) and cash flows that are paid out are denoted with a negative sign (total cash has decreased). The cash flow for a period represents the net change in money of that period. Calculating the net present value, $\backslash ,NPV\backslash ,$, of a stream of cash flows consists of discounting each cash flow to the present, using the present value factor and the appropriate number of compounding periods, and combining these values. For example, if a stream of cash flows consists of +$100 at the end of period one, -$50 at the end of period two, and +$35 at the end of period three, and the interest rate per compounding period is 5% (0.05) then the present value of these three Cash Flows are: :$PV\_\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash \$95.24\; \backslash ,$ :$PV\_\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; -\backslash \$45.35\; \backslash ,$ :$PV\_\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash \$30.23\; \backslash ,$ respectively Thus the net present value would be: :$NPV\; =\; PV\_+PV\_+PV\_\; =\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; =\; 95.24\; -\; 45.35\; +\; 30.23\; =\; 80.12,$ There are a few considerations to be made. * The periods might not be consecutive. If this is the case, the exponents will change to reflect the appropriate number of periods * The interest rates per period might not be the same. The cash flow must be discounted using the interest rate for the appropriate period: if the interest rate changes, the sum must be discounted to the period where the change occurs using the second interest rate, then discounted back to the present using the first interest rate. For example, if the cash flow for period one is $100, and $200 for period two, and the interest rate for the first period is 5%, and 10% for the second, then the net present value would be: :$NPV\; =\; 100\backslash ,(1.05)^\; +\; 200\backslash ,(1.10)^\backslash ,(1.05)^\; =\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash \$95.24\; +\; \backslash \$173.16\; =\; \backslash \$268.40$ * The interest rate must necessarily coincide with the payment period. If not, either the payment period or the interest rate must be modified. For example, if the interest rate given is the effective annual interest rate, but cash flows are received (and/or paid) quarterly, the interest rate per quarter must be computed. This can be done by converting effective annual interest rate, $\backslash ,\; i\; \backslash ,$, to nominal annual interest rate compounded quarterly: :$(1+i)\; =\; \backslash left(1+\backslash frac\backslash right)^4$ Here, $i^$ is the nominal annual interest rate, compounded quarterly, and the interest rate per quarter is $\backslash frac$Present value of an annuity

Many financial arrangements (including bonds, other loans, leases, salaries, membership dues, annuities including annuity-immediate and annuity-due, straight-line depreciation charges) stipulate structured payment schedules; payments of the same amount at regular time intervals. Such an arrangement is called an annuity. The expressions for the present value of such payments aresummation
In mathematics, summation is the addition of a sequence of any kind of numbers, called ''addends'' or ''summands''; the result is their ''sum'' or ''total''. Beside numbers, other types of values can be summed as well: function (mathematics), fu ...

s of geometric series
In mathematics, a geometric series is the sum of an infinite number of Summand, terms that have a constant ratio between successive terms. For example, 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + · · ·, the series
:\frac \,+\, \frac \,+\, \frac \,+\, \frac \, ...

.
There are two types of annuities: an annuity-immediate and annuity-due. For an annuity immediate, $\backslash ,\; n\; \backslash ,$ payments are received (or paid) at the end of each period, at times 1 through $\backslash ,\; n\; \backslash ,$, while for an annuity due, $\backslash ,\; n\; \backslash ,$ payments are received (or paid) at the beginning of each period, at times 0 through $\backslash ,\; n-1\; \backslash ,$. This subtle difference must be accounted for when calculating the present value.
An annuity due is an annuity immediate with one more interest-earning period. Thus, the two present values differ by a factor of $(1+i)$:
:$PV\_\backslash text\; =\; PV\_\backslash text(1+i)\; \backslash ,\backslash !$
The present value of an annuity immediate is the value at time 0 of the stream of cash flows:
:$PV\; =\; \backslash sum\_^\; \backslash frac\; =\; C\backslash left;\; href="/html/ALL/s/frac\backslash right.html"\; ;"title="frac\backslash right">frac\backslash right$
where:
:$\backslash ,\; n\; \backslash ,$ = number of periods,
:$\backslash ,\; C\; \backslash ,$ = amount of cash flows,
:$\backslash ,\; i\; \backslash ,$ = effective periodic interest rate or rate of return.
An approximation for annuity and loan calculations

The above formula (1) for annuity immediate calculations offers little insight for the average user and requires the use of some form of computing machinery. There is an approximation which is less intimidating, easier to compute and offers some insight for the non-specialist. It is given by :: $C\; \backslash approx\; PV\; \backslash left(\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; i\; \backslash right)$ Where, as above, C is annuity payment, PV is principal, n is number of payments, starting at end of first period, and i is interest rate per period. Equivalently C is the periodic loan repayment for a loan of PV extending over n periods at interest rate, i. The formula is valid (for positive n, i) for ni≤3. For completeness, for ni≥3 the approximation is $C\; \backslash approx\; PV\; i$. The formula can, under some circumstances, reduce the calculation to one of mental arithmetic alone. For example, what are the (approximate) loan repayments for a loan of PV = $10,000 repaid annually for n = ten years at 15% interest (i = 0.15)? The applicable approximate formula is C ≈ 10,000*(1/10 + (2/3) 0.15) = 10,000*(0.1+0.1) = 10,000*0.2 = $2000 pa by mental arithmetic alone. The true answer is $1993, very close. The overall approximation is accurate to within ±6% (for all n≥1) for interest rates 0≤i≤0.20 and within ±10% for interest rates 0.20≤i≤0.40. It is, however, intended only for "rough" calculations.Present value of a perpetuity

Aperpetuity
A perpetuity is an annuity that has no end, or a stream of cash payments that continues forever. There are few actual perpetuities in existence. For example, the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ...

refers to periodic payments, receivable indefinitely, although few such instruments exist. The present value of a perpetuity can be calculated by taking the limit of the above formula as ''n'' approaches infinity.
:$PV\backslash ,=\backslash ,\backslash frac.\; \backslash qquad\; (2)$
Formula (2) can also be found by subtracting from (1) the present value of a perpetuity delayed n periods, or directly by summing the present value of the payments
:$PV\; =\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac,\; \backslash qquad\; i\; >\; 0,$
which form a geometric series
In mathematics, a geometric series is the sum of an infinite number of Summand, terms that have a constant ratio between successive terms. For example, 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + · · ·, the series
:\frac \,+\, \frac \,+\, \frac \,+\, \frac \, ...

.
Again there is a distinction between a perpetuity immediate – when payments received at the end of the period – and a perpetuity due – payment received at the beginning of a period. And similarly to annuity calculations, a perpetuity due and a perpetuity immediate differ by a factor of $(1+i)$:
:$PV\_\backslash text\; =\; PV\_\backslash text(1+i)\; \backslash ,\backslash !$
PV of a bond

:''See: Bond valuation #Present value approach'' A corporation issues a bond, an interest earning debt security, to an investor to raise funds. The bond has a face value, $F$, coupon rate, $r$, and maturity date which in turn yields the number of periods until the debt matures and must be repaid. A bondholder will receive coupon payments semiannually (unless otherwise specified) in the amount of $Fr$, until the bond matures, at which point the bondholder will receive the final coupon payment and the face value of a bond, $F(1+r)$. The present value of a bond is the purchase price. The purchase price can be computed as: :$PV\; =\; \backslash left;\; href="/html/ALL/s/sum\_^\_Fr(1+i)^\backslash right.html"\; ;"title="sum\_^\; Fr(1+i)^\backslash right">sum\_^\; Fr(1+i)^\backslash right$=Technical details

= Present value isadditive
Additive may refer to:
Mathematics
* Additive function, a function in number theory
* Additive map, a function that preserves the addition operation
* Additive set-functionn see Sigma additivity
* Additive category, a preadditive category with fi ...

. The present value of a bundle of cash flow
A cash flow is a real or virtual movement of cash, money:
*a cash flow in its narrow sense is a payment (in a currency), especially from one central bank account to another; the term 'cash flow' is mostly used to describe payments that are exp ...

s is the sum of each one's present value. See time value of money
The time value of money is the widely accepted conjecture that there is greater benefit to receiving a sum of money
Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, ...

for further discussion.
These calculations must be applied carefully, as there are underlying assumptions:
* That it is not necessary to account for price inflation
In economics, inflation is an increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation corresponds to a reductio ...

, or alternatively, that the cost of inflation is incorporated into the interest rate; see Inflation-indexed bond
Daily inflation-indexed bonds (also known as inflation-linked bonds or colloquially as linkers) are Bond (finance), bonds where the principal is indexed to inflation or deflation on a daily basis. They are thus designed to hedge the inflation ris ...

.
* That the likelihood of receiving the payments is high — or, alternatively, that the default risk is incorporated into the interest rate; see Corporate bond #Risk analysis.
(In fact, the present value of a cashflow at a constant interest rate is mathematically one point in the Laplace transform
In mathematics, the Laplace transform, named after its discoverer Pierre-Simon Laplace (), is an integral transform that converts a Function (mathematics), function of a Real number, real Variable (mathematics), variable (usually t, in the ''time ...

of that cashflow, evaluated with the transform variable (usually denoted "s") equal to the interest rate. The full Laplace transform is the curve of all present values, plotted as a function of interest rate. For discrete time, where payments are separated by large time periods, the transform reduces to a sum, but when payments are ongoing on an almost continual basis, the mathematics of continuous functions can be used as an approximation.)
Variants/approaches

There are mainly two flavors of Present Value. Whenever there will be uncertainties in both timing and amount of the cash flows, the expected present value approach will often be the appropriate technique. With Present Value under uncertainty, future dividends are replaced by their conditional expectation. * Traditional Present Value Approach – in this approach a single set of estimated cash flows and a single interest rate (commensurate with the risk, typically a weighted average of cost components) will be used to estimate the fair value. * Expected Present Value Approach – in this approach multiple cash flows scenarios with different/expected probabilities and a credit-adjusted risk free rate are used to estimate the fair value.Choice of interest rate

The interest rate used is the risk-free interest rate if there are no risks involved in the project. The rate of return from the project must equal or exceed this rate of return or it would be better to invest the capital in these risk free assets. If there are risks involved in an investment this can be reflected through the use of arisk premium
A risk premium is a measure of excess return that is required by an individual to compensate being subjected to an increased level of risk. It is used widely in finance and economics, the general definition being the expected risky Rate of retur ...

. The risk premium required can be found by comparing the project with the rate of return required from other projects with similar risks. Thus it is possible for investors to take account of any uncertainty involved in various investments.
Present value method of valuation

An investor, the lender of money, must decide the financial project in which to invest their money, and present value offers one method of deciding. A financial project requires an initial outlay of money, such as the price of stock or the price of a corporate bond. The project claims to return the initial outlay, as well as some surplus (for example, interest, or future cash flows). An investor can decide which project to invest in by calculating each projects’ present value (using the same interest rate for each calculation) and then comparing them. The project with the smallest present value – the least initial outlay – will be chosen because it offers the same return as the other projects for the least amount of money.Years' purchase

The traditional method of valuing future income streams as a present capital sum is to multiply the average expected annual cash-flow by a multiple, known as "years' purchase". For example, in selling to a third party a property leased to a tenant under a 99-year lease at a rent of $10,000 per annum, a deal might be struck at "20 years' purchase", which would value the lease at 20 * $10,000, i.e. $200,000. This equates to a present value discounted in perpetuity at 5%. For a riskier investment the purchaser would demand to pay a lower number of years' purchase. This was the method used for example by the English crown in setting re-sale prices for manors seized at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early 16th century. The standard usage was 20 years' purchase.Youings, Joyce, "Devon Monastic Lands: Calendar of Particulars for Grants 1536–1558", Devon & Cornwall Record Society, ''New Series'', Vol.1, 1955See also

*Capital budgeting
Capital budgeting in corporate finance is the planning process used to determine whether an organization's long term capital investments such as new machinery, replacement of machinery, new plants, new products, and research development projects ...

*Derivative (finance)
In finance, a derivative is a contract that ''derives'' its value from the performance of an underlying entity. This underlying entity can be an asset, Index fund, index, or interest rate, and is often simply called the "underlying". Derivative ...

* Lifetime value
* Liquidation
Liquidation is the process in accounting by which a company (law), company is brought to an end in Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Republic of Ireland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and many other countries. The assets and p ...

* Net present value
The net present value (NPV) or net present worth (NPW) applies to a series of cash flows occurring at different times. The present value of a cash flow depends on the interval of time between now and the cash flow. It also depends on the discount ...

References

Further reading

* {{DEFAULTSORT:Present Value Income Mathematical finance fr:Valeur actuelle