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st: Calculating internal rates of return

From   Lars Holstenkamp <>
Subject   st: Calculating internal rates of return
Date   Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:01:35 +0200

Dear all,

I generated random numbers for cash flows (obs=10,000) and tried to compute internal rate of returns for every set of data using -finirr- (user written). Unfortunately, there seem to be some simulation runs where the maximization procedure used by -finirr- fails to converge, i.e. no internal rate of return (IRR) can be calculated or no IRR exists. Therefore, I get a failure message when running my do file. Is there a way how to keep it going and instead produce a missing in case the IRR can't be computed?


My code (I bet there are easier ways to do that, but anyway):
version 10.0
tsset index time
forv i=1/10000 {
   finirr CF if index==`i'
   scalar IRR`i'=r(irr)
generate IRR=0
forv i=1/10000 {
   replace IRR=IRR`i' if index==`i'
reshape wide
summ IRR
scalar IRR_m=r(mean)
scalar IRR_sd=r(sd)
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