Keep an eye on the road ahead when estimating cost of equity capital

Keep an eye on the road ahead when estimating cost of equity capital

Melissa Jackson

Estimating investment returns is tricky — especially, to paraphrase an old Danish saying, when dealing with the future.

Still, it comes with the territory when you're a financial manager tasked with evaluating the capital investment opportunities that will drive your firm’s strategies and determining which ones will maximize returns. One of the standard tools of the trade is cost of equity capital estimation (COEC). While this estimate strongly influences corporate capital budgeting decisions, exactly how it’s calculated and what assumptions drive the estimate can vary.  …

Inaugural MBA contest explores business uses for the tech behind Bitcoin

Inaugural MBA contest explores business uses for the tech behind Bitcoin

Melissa Jackson

There’s more to blockchain technology than Bitcoin.

A new MBA competition hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business will focus on innovative business uses for blockchain, the distributed database technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Teams from seven business schools will share their ideas and compete for $10,000 in prize money during the Notre Dame MBA Technology Innovation Challenge from 1 to 5 p.m. April 20 (Friday) in Mendoza’s Jordan Auditorium. The event, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, is open to the public.