Discount Rates

Growth in the Age of Cheap Capital

This note helps readers understand how corporate management thinks about and makes deliberate choices about their capital structure, depending upon market conditions, discount rates, level of employment in the economy and other factors. A refresher on Modigliani and Miller, and assessment of why companies appear to be doing better yet unemployment remains high.

The Launch of the QE 2

In Nov. 2010, the Fed launched a second round of quantitative easing, dubbed the “QE2”. The action raised many questions and this note explores the possible impacts of this action on the economy. It continues the discussion started in the prior note-addressing the Government’s fiscal policies-and focuses this time on the Government’s monetary policy.

It’s a New Year — Now What?

Increases in the market risk premium analyzed, with assessment of implications for individual investment strategies relative to risk tolerance and investment timeframes, as well as risks to corporations with and without access to capital, in their abilities to prosper and produce superior returns.