The clear and present ‘dangers’ of normalizing interest rates, according to Morningstar

BVWireIssue #115-2
April 11, 2012

“Normalizing interest rates are becoming routine for many business valuation professionals when developing a discount rate in the current environment and as part of a World War II [equity risk premium] adjustment,” says a new article by Kevin Piccolo and Mike Barad (both Morningstar) titled “The Dangers of Normalization: An Interest Rate Perspective.” In a video interview, the authors discuss the highlights of their article, including:

  • What analysts may not know about the WWII ERP adjustment relative to other historical periods;
  • Uncovering the WWII interest rate ceiling and its impact;
  • The questions to ask before making the WWII ERP adjustment; and
  • Pitfalls of normalizing interest rates in the current economic environment.

The video also includes brief commentary by Roger Grabowski (Duff & Phelps) and Aswath Damodaran (NYU Stern School of Business).

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