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Present value calculator is a tool that helps you estimate current value of a future payment or a stream of cash flows given a certain rate of return. Present value, also called present discounted value, is one of the most important financial concepts and is used to price among other things mortgages, loans, bonds, stocks and more, just as future value calculations. It's related to the fact that money we receive today can be invested to earn a return. It is also useful when estimating how much you need to invest now in order to meet a certain future goal, for example buying a car or a home. So, if you're wondering how much your future earnings are worth today keep reading to find out how to calculate present value. You could also be interested in future value calculator. Keep reading to find out how to work out present value and what's the equation for it.

Present value formula

To calculate the present value of future incomes you should use this equation:



  • PV = present value
  • FV = future value
  • r = interest rate

Thanks to this formula you can estimate the present value of an income to be received in one year. If you want to calculate the present value for more than one period of time, you need to raise the (1+r) by the number of periods. Then the equation will look like this:


Where: n = number of periods.

This is the most commonly used present valuation model where compound interest is applied, which means that interest increases exponentially over subsequent periods.

How to calculate present value

If you read the previous paragraph you already know that to estimate present value you need to:

  1. Determine the future value. In our example let's make it $100.
  2. Determine a periodic rate of interest. Let's say 8%.
  3. Determine the number of periods. Let's make it 2 years.
  4. Divide the future value by (1+rate of interest)^periods

In our example it will look like this: 100$/(1+0.08)2 = 85,73$

Now you know how to estimate the present value of you're future incomes on your own or you can simply use our present value calculator.

Other important present value calculations

Present value calculations are tied closely with other formulas, such as present value of annuity. Annuity denotes a series of equal payments or receipts, which we have to pay at even intervals, for example rental payments or loans. Than the equation would be different. Click through to our present value of annuity calculator to learn more.

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