In this short article, we will see how to use a financial calculator to compute the Internal rate of return (IRR) of a cash flow stream, the financial calculator used for illustrating this example is Texas Instruments BA II Plus.

For more details on computing internal rate of return of a cash flow stream, refer this article.

Consider a cash flow stream (-2, 1, 1, 1) , the internal rate of return of this cash flow stream is given by

For more details on computing internal rate of return of a cash flow stream, refer this article.

Consider a cash flow stream (-2, 1, 1, 1) , the internal rate of return of this cash flow stream is given by

Solving the above equation, we get IRR = 23.38%.

To calculate the internal rate of return of the above cash flow stream with a Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator, follow the below steps.

1. Reset previous cash flow streams if any (read the -> below as a sequence)

Use the following keys: 2ND -> RESET -> ENTER

2. Set the number of decimal places in the financial calculator

By default, the number of decimal digits displayed is 2 and often you need a better precision for a computation like IRR, therefore, set the number of decimal places to atleast 4, for doing this

Use the following keys: 2ND -> FORMAT -> 4 -> ENTER

**3. Compute Internal rate of return:**Now we are ready to enter the stream of inputs for the cash flow stream (-2, 1, 1, 1) for computing the internal rate of return, for this use the following keys

3.1. CF -> 2 -> - (Minus key) -> ENTER -> ↓

3.2. (CF1 appears) 1 -> ENTER -> ↓

3.3. (F01 appears with a default value 1, accept it as it is) ENTER -> ↓

3.4. (CF2 appears) 1 -> ENTER -> ↓

3.5. (F02 appears with a default value 1, accept it as it is) ENTER -> ↓

3.6. (CF3 appears) 1 -> ENTER -> ↓

3.7. (F03 appears with a default value 1, accept it as it is) ENTER -> ↓

3.8. (CF4 appears) Now Press IRR -> CPT keys, IRR = 23.3752% will be displayed.

Unique positive value of internal rate of return: When a cash flow stream sign doesn't change from negative to positive or vice-versa, trying to compute the internal rate of return result in error, for more details, refer here.

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