Discount rate

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Discount rate may refer to:

  • An interest rate (the term "discount" does not refer to the common meaning of the word, but to the meaning in computations of present value)
  • in investment financing, discounted cash flow
  • theoretical or observed rates at which private or public sector entities discount future payoffs
    • in environmental economics, and more generally in assessing the general welfare impacts of government policies, social discount rate (the basic mathematics are the same as discounted cash flow, but the cash value of human lives etc. can only be crudely estimated)
    • in engineering economics (civil engineering) for public sector projects such as transportation, it represents the preference between the value of consumption today and consumption in the future; a social time preference rate or social discount rate (SDR)
  • Fees charged for accepting payments other than in banknotes and coins: