Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

Harvard Business

Digital companies, however, consider scientists’ and software workers’ and product development teams’ time to be the company’s most valuable resource. This notion, that risk is a desirable feature, can seem like sacrilege to anyone who’s taken an introductory finance course. Business students are taught to value a company based on the discounted amounts of future cash flows or earnings. Martin Konopka/EyeEm/Getty Images.

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

Harvard Business Review

In particular, we are interested in how many of their responses correlate with what academic finance knows and what it teaches. In operational engineering, PE firms develop industry and operating expertise that they bring to bear to add value to their portfolio companies. the notion that debt financing can be “cheap” at certain times). Financial markets Finance & Accounting

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Why Sit on All that Cash? Firms Uncertain on Cost of Capital

Harvard Business Review

With a record $2 trillion in cash and short-term liquid assets on hand, U.S. This is the key finding of the Current Trends in Estimating and Applying the Cost of Capital research released this week by the Association for Financial Professionals, a trade group of 16,000 corporate treasury and finance practitioners. Fully 79 percent of companies, including 91 percent with annual revenues greater than $1 billion, use discounted cash flow techniques.

Still Many Ways to Skin a Capital Cost

Harvard Business Review

When executives evaluate a potential investment, whether it's to build a new plant, enter a new market, or acquire a company, they weigh its cost against the future cash flows they expect will spring from it. To make sure they're comparing apples to apples, they discount those future cash flows to arrive at their net present value. Finance Strategic planning CAPM

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