Finance pros differ on cost-of-capital estimates

03/10/2011 | Harvard Business Review online

Uncertainty about the future cost of capital is one of the reasons corporations continue to stockpile cash, according to a survey by the Association for Financial Professionals. The survey found that executives disagreed about best practices for estimating capital costs, including how to handle cash-flow projections and weighted averages. The findings could offer insight on how to make estimates more consistent and accurate, writes Brian Kalish, director of AFP's finance practice.

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