24 Sep '12, 4pm

Discount rates: A boring thing you should know about (with otters!)

Discount rates: A boring thing you should know about (with otters!)

Revealed time preference and opportunity cost are conceptually distinct, but they both point in the same direction: You value present costs and benefits more than future costs and benefits. Think of it like compound interest, only run in reverse; to an investor today, returns lose some percentage of their “net present value” each year they recede into the future. That percentage is the discount rate. In financial transactions, the discount rate is typically set around prevailing market interest rates.

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