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Credit Ratings & Debt Ceilings: How will Recent Actions by the S&P and Federal Government Affect Business Valuation?

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Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Time: 10:00am-11:00am PT / 1:00pm-2:00pm ET
Format: A BVR Webinar

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Featuring (click image for more information):

Ron Seigneur
Seigneur Gustafson

Don DeGrazia
Gold Gocial Gerstein, LLC

Why You Should Attend:

The news late August 5 of Standard and Poor's downgrading of U.S. credit for the first time in history sent uncertainty through debt and equity markets with unheralded speed. For the business appraisal community, the move has the potential to reach far and wide: from unsettling the certainty of a truly "risk free" rate to potentially impacting the outlook and forecasts of many diverse and seemingly disparate industries.

On August 16 BVR welcomes Ron Seigneur and Don DeGrazia for a special look at how this unprecedented change in the U.S. credit rating and the broader debate about U.S. debt – and its debt ceiling – will affect private company values, private company analysis, and the appraisal process as a whole.


  • What are the implications of the recent downgrade to the US treasury securities by S&P?
  • Has "risk free" been replaced by "less risky"?
  • What are the broader implications of the recent debt limit debate on closely held values?
  • How does one assess the impact of global volatility on the value of domestic closely held values?
  • Does the exacerbated volatility in the public markets tell us anything useful in valuing closely held businesses?
  • How far will this spread? Potential impacts of industry outlook through related debt instruments and ratings

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what the potential impacts of a lowered U.S. credit rating will have on the valuation process
  • Understand how this move affects the risk free rate
  • Clarify the reach of downgrading and debt decisions through various industries and how potential changes can affect closely held company values and outlooks
  • Learn how to better prepare for global volatility and its potential impact on domestic values

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Prerequisites: Knowledge of Business Valuation
Program Level: Advanced
Preparation Required: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
Recommended CPE: 1 Credit Hours (Specialized Knowledge & Applications)

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