Capital Rationing

For this week’s assignment, review the attached articles and any outside research (at least 3 outside references) you have done related to how the evaluation process and selection of capital projects are affected by mutually exclusive projects, project sequencing, and capital rationing. Pay particular attention to Burns and Walker’s 2009 article, “Capital Budgeting Surveys: The Future is Now,” .


Write a 5-page paper (References and cover pages not included) that summarizes your conclusions about capital budgeting. Include the following:

  • Analyze the major components of capital budgeting process evaluation and selection of capital projects.
  • Explain the rationale and the effect of mutually exclusive projects.
  • Examine some of the foundations and key issues of capital budgeting decision making, including how companies can determine the success of their portfolio of investment projects and decisions on capital rationing.
  • Assess ethical considerations that may arise in capital budgeting.
  • Compare and contrast project sequencing and capital rationing.
  • Explain the calculation and interpretation of net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), payback period, and profitability index (PI) of a capital project.
  • Explain the calculation and interpretation of the weighted average cost of capital (WACC), including how taxes affect the cost of capital from different capital sources.
  • Based on the article, briefly evaluate the current development on capital budgeting and benefits discussed by Burns and Walker (2009).

Be sure your assignment meets the following guidelines. Refer to the attached scoring guide for specific information about how your paper will be evaluated.

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Scholarship: Use at least 5 outside sources to support your main points and analysis.
  • APA formatting: All resources and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.
  • Length: 5 typed, double-spaced pages (Introduction and conclusion required)
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • Please pay close attention to the paper scoring guide and ensure that you covered all elements.

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