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Quantitative Exercises and Final Project 3: Government Securities


Part One: Quantitative Exercises  


Barbow Enterprises, Inc., is considering an expansion in their operations. One of the first items they want to examine is their cost of capital. According to the accounting department, the following items and their respective costs have been identified:


  • The cost of Common Equity: 15%
  • The before tax cost of debt: 12%
  • No Preferred stock


They have also calculated the marginal tax rate to be 40% and the stock sells at its book value.


Barbow Enterprises Inc.

Balance Sheet




Liabilities and Owners’ Equity












Long Term Debt



Accounts Receivable












Net P&E






  Total Assets



Total Liabilities and owners’ Equity






Calculate Barbow’s after-tax weighted average cost of capital, using the data in the balance sheet above.




Use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that illustrates your calculations. You may use the formulas embedded in Microsoft Excel and/or a financial calculator for these calculations.


Part Two:  Final Project 3: Government Securities


In this part of your Final Project, you will research and analyze current information (that is, within the past two months) on government securities.


Step 1: Go to a financial Web site to do your research. The following are three suggested sites, but you may use others. Be sure to cite your sources!



Step 2: Research current information (within the last two months) on the yields and maturity for:


  1. U.S. treasuries
  2. Municipal bonds
  3. Corporate bonds




  • Discuss what the pure expectations theory would imply about the yield curve.
  • Compare and contrast the yields and maturities for each of the securities.
  • Discuss which you would hold and why relative to interest rate risk.




Your submission may be in a 3–6 page Microsoft Word or Excel document. Include a Microsoft Excel document that illustrates your calculations. You may use the formulas embedded in Microsoft Excel and/or a financial calculator for these calculations.




Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Correctly calculated Barlow’s after-tax weighted average cost of capital.


Researched the appropriate Web sites and obtained the necessary information on the securities indicated.


Compared and contrasted the yields and maturities for each of the securities.


Successfully used the expectations theory to predict future interest rate changes.


Compared the relationship between maturities and yields between U.S. treasures, municipal bonds, and corporate bonds.


Presented a structured report that is free of spelling and grammatical errors and cited sources in APA format when necessary.





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