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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Van der Berg, Gerhardus Johannes
URN etd-07172011-152729
Document Title The relationship between the future outlook of market risk and capital asset pricing
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Ms T Pieterse Committee Chair
  • investment finance
  • maket derived capital pricing model
  • implied beta
  • implied cost of capital
  • three factor pricing model
Date 2011-04-12
Availability unrestricted

The most widely used Cost of Capital model is the Capital Asset Pricing Model. The Beta, Which is a key input into the model has proven to be unreliable and provides no correlation with systematic risk. As risk increases, so should the cost of capital of the firm. The Beta is a historic measure of risk and does not capture the future outlook of risk. The future of an organisation and its risk may look very different to the past and therefore the need to calculate the Cost of Capital of a firm based on the future outlook of the firm. The aim of this research was to analyse the different methodologies used to determine the Cost of Capital of a firm in order to determine which models are better ex ante predictor of Cost of Capital in the South African context. Regression analysis was used to make statistical inferences between the measure of risk used and the Cost of Capital model in question. The results of the research has shown that Market Capitalisation and Price to Book ratio are the best proxies for risk when comparing it with the ex ante Cost of Capital models. However, the Three Factor Pricing Model is shown to be the best Cost of Capital model to capture the future outlook of risk.

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