You have just won £60 million in the lottery. The lottery promises to pay you £20 million at the end of each year for the next three years. If the market rate of interest is 7 percent, how much money would you accept today in exchange for the three £20 million payments?
any ideas?? I'm not too good at this stuff
Colby's answer is good but I'm not certain it answers the question. You wouldn't be studying a chapter in Utility, would you? If the value of money changes by more that a prevailing interest rate, then there is another value that is a better answer. For example, if you have no debts right now, but will owe $20MM in one year, that first delayed payment may be worth far more then than the discounted value today.
"I'm not too good at this stuff"
No need to talk like that. Practice. GET good at it.