Financial Terms / discount rate

# Understanding the Discount Rate

The discount rate is the interest rate charged by the Federal Reserve for short-term loans taken from its discount window lending facility.

## Formula

``Discount Rate = (Future Value / Present Value) - 1``

## How do I calculate the discount rate?

`When calculating the Net Present Value (NPV) of an investment, the discount rate is an important factor. The discount rate is the rate of return that is used to discount the cash flows of the investment. To calculate the discount rate, one must use the following formula: `Discount Rate = (Future Value / Present Value) - 1.` In order to make sure that the discount rate is accurate, it is important to use the most up-to-date information available. Many programs such as Sourcetable have built in formulas to help calculate the discount rate.`

## What is the Discount Rate?

`The discount rate is an interest rate applied through the Federal Reserve's lending facility, the discount window. It is also commonly used in DCF analysis, to express the time value of money.`

## What is the Discount Rate used for?

`The discount rate is primarily used to provide liquidity to financial institutions, through the Federal Reserve's lending facility, the discount window. It is also used in DCF analysis to express the time value of money.`

## What is the formula for the Discount Rate?

`The Discount Rate formula is `Discount rate = Interest rate x (1-tax rate)`.`

## Key Points

How do I calculate discount rate?
`Discount Rate = (Future Value / Present Value) - 1`
Discount Rate is Applied Through Federal Reserve Lending Facility
The discount rate is applied through the Federal Reserve's lending facility, the discount window. This lending facility allows banks to borrow money from the Federal Reserve in order to cover short-term funding needs.
Discount Rate Used in Cash Flow Analysis
The discount rate can also refer to the interest rate used in cash flow analysis. This interest rate is used to calculate the present value of future cash flows in order to come up with a reasonable estimate of the value of an investment.