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If you’ve never calculated net present value (NPV) before, the process can feel kind of perplexing. Don’t worry though—once you know the formula, calculating NPV isn’t hard. We’ll walk you through how to do it step-by-step, with examples, so you can quickly find the number you’re looking for.
NPV can be calculated with the formula NPV = ⨊(P/ (1+i)t ) – C, where P = Net Period Cash Flow, i = Discount Rate (or rate of return), t = Number of time periods, and C = Initial Investment.
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