Insight

Revisiting volatility assumptions under ASC 718

FAQs from KPMG’s Valuation practice on recent differences between historical and implied volatility measures.

Kevin Voigt

Kevin Voigt

Partner, Valuation Services, KPMG US

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Market volatility increased significantly in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recent spike in volatility may lead to significant differences between historical and implied volatility measures. As a result, questions may arise regarding the treatment of the volatility assumption in valuation analyses, such as those performed under Accounting Standards Codification 718, Compensation – Stock Compensation (ASC 718). KPMG’s Valuation practice has created some valuation insights answering some of the more common questions.