Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 90–96 | Cite as

Capital rationing: The general case and a better criterion for ranking

  • Hoi T. Wong
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The definition of net present value implies that the reinvestment rate of return on the intermediate cash flows is equal to the risk-adjusted discount rate of the project. However, in many situations, the two rates are different. Therefore, in capital rationing, the ranking of projects based on net present value is incorrect in those situations. Another problem is that financial managers would prefer to use internal rate of return for ranking, although ranking by net present value is theoretically superior. This paper solves both problems by developing a new ranking criterion.


Cash Flow Good Criterion Liquid Asset Terminal Wealth Ranking Criterion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationSul Ross State UniversityUvalde

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