# Definition of Internal Rate of Return

Internal Rate of Return is a way of determining the value of a project. It is simply the discount rate that makes the Future Value of a series of cash flows equal to the Present Value. If you remember the piece I wrote about Net Present Value, we are looking for the discount rate the makes Net Present Value equal to zero. See here for a definition of Present Value, Future Value, and discount rates.

# Calculation Example

Let’s say a project lasts for 3 years. To initiate the project, you have to pay \$20,000. Each year after that the project earns \$10,000. The required rate of return (the minimum return you need to do a project) is 15%, should you do this project? The equation would be 0 = -20,000 + (10,000 / discount rate) + (10,000 / (discount rate squared)) + (10,000 / (discount rate cubed)). When you solve this equation with a financial calculator, excel or some other piece of software, the discount rate equals 23%. 23% is larger than 15%, therefore you should do the project.

# Investment Fee Structure

 Rate Assets Under Management 1.44% Below \$125,000 1.00% Between \$125,000 and \$750,000 .85% Between \$750,000 and \$1,250,000 .80% Between \$1,250,000 and \$1,750,000 .75% Between \$1,750,000 and \$2,500,000 .70% Between \$2,500,000 and \$3,250,000 .65% Between \$3,250,000 and \$4,250,000 .60% Above \$4,250,000

A single rate is applied to the entire account. So a person with a \$750,000.01 account pays less than a person with a \$750,000 account. I will waive personal tax return fees for accounts over \$1 million. For accounts that are above \$5,250,000, we’ll need to discuss a custom rate.

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