WEB SITES FOR DISCERNING FINANCE
PART V: INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL ASSETS
Baseline: The Project Management
Center. Case studies, tools and "best practices" for better project
and process management.
One-stop web clearinghouse for information about the capital investment
incentives in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and
the 2008 Economic Stimulus Act (plus some information
about older "bonus depreciation" programs too).
Budgeting Calculator. Online calculator courtesy of Mark A.
"Capital Budgeting and Initial Cash Outlay (ICO) Uncertainty".
Article from "Financial Decisions" addresses how to properly treat ICO
uncertaining in the capital budgeting process. Also uses sensitivity
analysis to illustrate the impact of ICO risk.
Executive Guide: Leading Practices in Capital Decision-Making.
This U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) special report
(GAO/AIMD-99-32) has some really excellent capital budgeting
advice and examples for both private- and public-sector
Spreadsheets. A huge selection of free Excel spreadsheets -- many
useful for capital budgeting analysis.
The HBS Toolkit: Lifetime Customer Value Calculator. Downloadable
interactive workbook from the HBS Toolkit is designed to help estimate
the cost of acquiring a customer and the Net Present Value (NPV) of that
customer's business during his or her economic life.
"How Do CFOs Make Capital Budgeting and Capital Structure
Decisions?". Compressed version of a paper that won the Jensen prize
for the best JFE paper in corporate finance in 2001.
"The Impact of Bonus Depreciation on Project Decision Making."
Article from Financial Decisions, Winter 2011,
develops an Excel model -- – useful to students, academics, and
business professionals that values the impact of government driven
increases in temporary first-year depreciation
allowances, known as "bonus depreciation." For more on this paper,
A resource for anyone interested in the field of investment science and
real options: business executives, academia, and individual
Linear Interpolation Equation Formula Calculator. Sometimes we are
forced to use trial-and-error plus interpolation to find the
Rate of Return (IRR) for a project. This online calculator helps you
with the interpolation.
Present Value Analysis. Sir, NPV Analysis, Sir! "Using Net Present
Value Analysis" discussion courtesy of Defense Procurement section at
the Department of Defense.
Present Value Calculator. Courtesy of Investopedia.com.
NPV Function Doesn’t Calculate Net Present Value | Excel Blog. Some
excellent advice on how to correctly use Excel's NPV function.
The President's Commission to
Study Capital Budgeting. Contains an interesting report (with
supporting material) on capital budgeting issues in both the private and
The Project Management Institute
(PMI). The leading nonprofit professional association in the
area of Project Management. Learn about Project Management standards,
seminars, educational programs, professional certification, and
- Research Randomizer. Instant
random sampling and random assignment -- designed to assist researchers
and students who want to perform random sampling.
Visit this site's Overview (Tutorial) related to
- Tax Web Sites
Tax Brackets and Rates, 1902-2002. Nice article and table from the
IRS gives the history of Federal income tax brackets and rates from 1902
- Federation of Tax Administrators.
wealth of state tax research and information.
Sister States Tax Directory.
Links to state tax forms, publications and information for all 50
states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and U.S.
- Small Business Taxes & Management. Great tax
and management guidance for small and medium-sized businesses. See especially,
Corporate and Individual
- Tax and Accounting Sites Directory.
Dennis Schmidt provides this comprehensive index as a
"starting point" for tax and accounting subject searches.
Tax Facts. Great
source of current and historical tax information plus analyses -- a
projest of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.
The Tax Foundation: U.S. Federal Individual Income Tax Rates History,
1862-2013 (Nominal and
- U.S. Internal
- U.S. Tax Code
Allows access to the complete text of the U.S. Internal Revenue
- TI BAII PLUS Business Calculator Information
PLUS Tutorial. Courtesy of Dr. Timothy Mayes
TI BAII Plus Professional -- Atomic Learning Tutorials. Series
of short video tutorials.
TI BAII Plus Tutorial. Courtesy of TVMCalcs.com.
Z-Score and Normal Distribution Java Applets. Links to Java applets
useful for finding probabilities related to normal distributions.
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