I want a metaphor to help financially illiterate but otherwise intelligent people understand one unusual aspect of company valuations.
The problem is thus:
Company A owns %0% of company B; company B owns 50% of company A. What is the true value of company A and company B. See file attached for mathematical solution to the valuation dilemma using simultaneous equations (this is the correct method to use).
The problem is, describing this to financially illiterate but otherwise intelligent listeners is difficult. As soon as I use the words "simultaneous equations", the listeners switch off.
My solution is to find a simple metaphor which helps everyone understand the problem. I have tried and been unsuccessful using metaphors such as two wine glasses, the scales of justice, Siamese twins etc
Can anyone with a good imagination and (to a lesser extent) a solid finance background find a good metaphor for me to use.