Time remaining:
What is the difference between ROI and IRR ?

Accounting
Tutor: None Selected Time limit: 1 Day

What is the difference between ROI and IRR ?

Apr 5th, 2015

The primary difference between the two is the time value of money. ROI does not consider this, its equation can be easily broken down into (Return-Investment)/Investment. It's a simple calculation to find how many dollars of return was produced by each dollar of revenue.

To understand what IRR is, you can ask yourself the question, would you rather receive $100 now or a year from now? Assuming no outside conditions, everyone would say now is preferred. Why? Because money is worth more to us now then in an uncertain future. Since accounting is all about putting numbers on things like this, we calculate an interest rate to determine how much the money today is worth today rather than later. This combined with the cash flows from an investment, creates the IRR. The IRR is the value of the time we put on those future cash flows in the investment.

In conclusion, the main way you can look at it, is that the ROI is the rate that the investment money makes us return money. The IRR is the value we place on the time to get that return money in the future.

Apr 11th, 2015

Did you know? You can earn $20 for every friend you invite to Studypool!
Click here to
Refer a Friend
...
Apr 5th, 2015
...
Apr 5th, 2015
Dec 6th, 2016
check_circle
Mark as Final Answer
check_circle
Unmark as Final Answer
check_circle
Final Answer

Secure Information

Content will be erased after question is completed.

check_circle
Final Answer