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Your friend is trying to find the net present value of an investment which:

• Costs $1 million initially (t=0); and • Pays a single positive cash flow of$1.1 million in one year (t=1).

The investment has a total required return of 10% pa due to its moderate level of undiversifiable risk.

Your friend is aware of the importance of opportunity costs and the time value of money, but he is unsure of how to find the NPV of the project.

He knows that the opportunity cost of investing the $1m in the project is the expected gain from investing the money in shares instead. Like the project, shares also have an expected return of 10% since they have moderate undiversifiable risk. This opportunity cost is$0.1m $(=1m \times 10\%)$ which occurs in one year (t=1).

He knows that the time value of money should be accounted for, and this can be done by finding the present value of the cash flows in one year.

Your friend has listed a few different ways to find the NPV which are written down below.

Method 1: $-1m + \dfrac{1.1m}{(1+0.1)^1}$

Method 2: $-1m + 1.1m - 1m \times 0.1$

Method 3: $-1m + \dfrac{1.1m}{(1+0.1)^1} - 1m \times 0.1$

Which of the above calculations give the correct NPV? Select the most correct answer.