Payback period


In project evaluation and capital budgeting, the payback period estimates the time required to recover the principal amount of an investment. Because the payback period method ignores any benefits that occur after the investment is repaid and the time value of money, other methods of investment analysis are often preferred. See: Internal rate of return (IRR), Discounted cash flow (DCF), and Net present value (NPV)

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