Duff & Phelps Recommends Decreasing U.S. Equity Risk Premium from 5.5% to 5.0%

Duff & Phelps Recommends Decreasing U.S. Equity Risk Premium from 5.5% to 5.0%

NEW YORK – Duff & Phelps, the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor, today announced that, based on current market conditions, it is decreasing its U.S. Equity Risk Premium (ERP) recommendation from 5.5% to 5.0%, effective as of September 5, 2017 and thereafter, until further guidance is issued. ERP, a key input used to calculate the cost of capital within the context of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and other models, changes over time and Duff & Phelps regularly reviews fluctuations in global economic and financial conditions to determine when reassessments of the selected ERP and accompanying risk-free rate are warranted.

As part of this analysis, Duff & Phelps goes beyond historical measures of ERP by examining approaches that are sensitive to the current economic and financial market conditions, including (but not limited to) the current state of U.S. equity markets, implied equity volatility and corporate credit spreads.

Based on trends observed in financial markets, the aggregate risk in U.S. markets appear to have declined since Duff & Phelps’ last change in ERP recommendation on January 31, 2016. This started to be apparent towards the end of 2016 after the U.S. presidential election, which marked a change in investor sentiment, accompanied initially by a rise in global interest rates, a sharp narrowing of credit spreads, a strengthening of the U.S. dollar, and a rally in equity markets to record highs. While there has been some disappointment around progress made on the U.S. legislative front, strong earnings growth, still-accommodative monetary policies, and benign macroeconomic trends have buoyed U.S. stocks. Additionally, corporate earnings have experienced solid and better-than-expected growth, fueling investor hopes for even higher dividend payouts and stock buybacks. Most recently, the announcement and subsequent discussions of a wide-ranging plan for U.S. tax reform, which includes a corporate statutory tax rate cut from 35% to 20%, has spurred further stock market records.

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