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Strategic Corporate Finance: Applications in Valuation and Capital Structure by Justin Pettit

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CHAPTER 7

Today’s Optimal Capital Structure

With interest rates still near a 40-year low, many senior executives are asking if these times call for a way to manage differently. How does one best manage for value in a low rate time? What financial strategy is best suited to an era where U.S. Treasuries hover near 5 percent?

Along with the media, our debt and equity capital markets are signaling we have entered a lower rate period. No one can be certain how long this will last. While it is continuing, senior executives must manage accordingly. We present several practical recommendations to tailor your financial strategy to this low rate time.

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