DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW Definition

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DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW is a valuation method best used to evaluate a business established for the purpose of fulfilling a specific project, in certain startup and other companies where cash flow is more important than net income, and when a certain time frame is set where an investor wishes to see his investment returned over a specific period of time. In discounted cash flow, the present value of liabilities is subtracted from the combined present value of cash flow and tangible assets, which determines the value of the business.

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CORE BUSINESS is the sector(s) of business activity that is the reason or purpose for being, e.g. providing communications services within a telephone company would be considered core, while real estate holdings and the securities investment portfolio will likely be considered non-core business activities.

DIVIDEND RECEIVED DEDUCTION is the reduction of dividend income from the taxable income of the investing corporation, as provided in section 301 of the Internal Revenue Code. Currently, 70% of dividends received from nonaffiliated corporations may be excluded from taxable income.

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