Still Many Ways to Skin a Capital Cost

Harvard Business Review

To make sure they're comparing apples to apples, they discount those future cash flows to arrive at their net present value. Estimating the rate at which to discount the cash flows — the cost of equity capital — is an integral part of the exercise, and the choice of rate has a significant effect on estimates of a project's or a company's value. Not at all, he said, because it's "no secret that applying the CAPM is as much an art as financial science."

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What Private Equity Investors Think They Do for the Companies They Buy

Harvard Business Review

What have been less explored are the specific actions taken by private equity (PE) fund managers. In a survey of 79 PE firms managing more than $750 billion in capital, we provide granular information on PE managers’ practices and how firms’ strategies relate to the characteristics of their founders. ” PE firms typically take three types of value increasing actions — financial engineering, governance engineering, and operational engineering.

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

Others, most notably money managers and former Fama students Cliff Asness and John Liew in an epic Institutional Investor article , have done a lot recent to clarify how Fama’s ideas and Shiller’s can at least co-exist peacefully. Many lay readers are familiar with John Burr Williams and the dividend discount model , or the discounted value of future cash flows. Back in the ‘60s, people developed the capital asset pricing model [CAPM] as a way to do that.