Riley Co. is considering a short-term or long-term financing plan for $6,000,000 in assets. They expect the following 1 year rates over the next 3 years: 7%, 9%, and 12%. Their long-term interest rate will be 9% for the 3 years. Assuming the rates follow their expectations, what will be the difference in interest costs over the 3 years?
King, Inc., a successful Midwest firm, is considering opening a branch office on the west coast. Under normal economic conditions, with a 45% probability of occurring, King can expect to earn a net income of $50,000 per year. In a mini-recession, at 25% probability, King will earn $20,000. In a severe recession, at a 20% probability, King will lose $10,000. There is also a slight probability (10%) that King will lose $300,000 if the expansion fails and the branch office must be closed. Should King open a branch office in California based on these assumptions?