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A method used in decision-making that measures the equivalent lump-sum value of a stream of payments over time. In effect, the NPV represents the amount that would need to be invested at a commercial interest rate at the beginning of the period of payments in order to meet all the payments as they fell due.

Cover of Frederick, O'Connor, Kuratko (2019), Entrepreneurship Theory Process Practice (Melbourne: Cengage) Glossary term from Asia-Pacific edition of Entrepreneurship Theory Process Practice (Melbourne: Cengage, 2019)

Synonyms:
net present value (NPV) method
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