From the November 2010 issue of Treasury & Risk magazine

Silver AHA Winner in Financial Risk Management

Just as New York City is faring better than Las Vegas when it comes to real estate values, some countries in Microsoft's real estate portfolio are riskier than others.

During the recent downturn, the technology giant's treasury revisited its methodology for evaluating projects in its roughly $7 billion real estate portfolio. Microsoft's real estate and facilities team had been determining the corporate discount rates to use to buy or lease buildings, says Joel Combs, group manager in Microsoft's treasury.

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