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Estimating the Cost of Capital—An Update on Current Research

 Estimating the Cost of Capital—An Update on Current Research
CPE Credit

Program Type: Recorded Webinar (Audio, PPT Presentation)
Program Level: Update
Prerequisites: Participants need a background in the subject area and desire to keep current.
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
CPE Credit: Two (2) Hours
Fields of Study: Accounting
Item Number: 13PBV0715
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Price: $110.00
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Program Description

Shannon Pratt and Roger Grabowski recently completed the Fifth Edition of Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples (expected publication date: Fall 2013). During that process, they uncovered new research and data that will be presented in this session. The presenters will discuss highlights of the issues presented in new case studies contained in Cost of Capital. Significant court cases in the area of cost of capital will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

After completing the webinar, attendees will be able to:

-Articulate changes in the ever-evolving are of cost of capital

Who Should Attend

Anyone dealing with cost of capital in the corporation—for tax filing or in litigation.


Ashok Abbott, PhD
Mr. Ashok Abbottis a tenured Associate Professor of Finance at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Ashok received his MBA and PhD in Finance from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. His PhD dissertation title was “The Valuation Effects of Tax Legislation in Corporate Sell-Offs.”

He provides analytical and research support to members of the legal and valuation community. He has served as an expert witness in state and federal court for depositions, hearings, and trials. His recent assignments include working with S&P, Duff & Phelps, and Willamette Management Associates.

Prof. Abbott’s 23 years of experience in academia, 16 years of industry experience, and 15 years of litigation- consulting experience uniquely qualify him to analyze complex economic issues and apply reasoned opinions to meet the needs of dispute and valuation engagements.

In addition to publishing extensively in scholarly finance research journals, he has presented at national and international finance and valuation conferences. Prof. Abbott’s classroom experience allows him to present complex ideas to non-experts in a manner that is both educational and engaging.

Prof. Abbott supports litigators with quantitative research, statistical analysis, and economic modeling. His statistical capabilities include sampling and research design, testing for statistical significance, modeling and estimation, and regression and time-series analysis. He works closely with litigation teams, presenting them with his independent analysis of financial and economic data. He also provides a professional critique of the opposing party expert’s analysis.

James Harrington
Mr. James provides technical support on client engagements involving cost of capital and business valuation matters and leads efforts for development of Duff & Phelps’ internal valuation models, studies, surveys, and online content and tools. He is author or co-author of four chapters in the Fifth Edition of Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples (Pratt and Grabowski), and he writes and speaks often about cost of capital.

Previously, James was director of valuation research in Morningstar’s Financial Communications Business and led the group that produced the Ibbotson SBBI Valuation Yearbook, SBBI Classic Yearbook, and Ibbotson Cost of Capital Yearbook.