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Portfolio Management

Portfolio Management

1 Faculty of Business and Law 2016 – 2017

Module No: 352FIN MODULE TITLE: Portfolio Management

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Coursework [Contributes 25% to total module mark]

Complete the following task individually using a report format. You should not use more than 2500 words. Using at least two shares from FTSE 100 components, create an investment portfolio for a risk-averse investor, and another portfolio for an investor with relatively high risk tolerance. Outline in a report the choice you made in creating these portfolios, and discuss the underlying portfolio theory. Compare and contrast the two portfolios in terms of return and risk. Choose appropriate portfolio performance measures to evaluate the two portfolios. You may assume that all investors and investments are based in the UK. You are required to use the year January 2015 – December 2015 for your daily data. Submission by 23.55 on date: 05/12/16 This assignment must be submitted, with a coursework cover sheet, to Turnitin via the module web (CUOnline, following the link provided there) by 23.55 on 5th December 2016. Students MUST keep copies (electronic file also) of their assignment. The electronic version of your assignment may be used to enable checks to be made using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites. Word Length (2500 words at maximum). Any penalties for not complying with word limits will be in accordance with University and Faculty policy. Word count should be shown on the cover sheet. The tables, graphs, and reference will not be part of the word count. Assessment Criteria The marking criteria are indicative to the elements that one might wish to address in your report.1) Selection of assets & portfolio allocation must be clearly stated and justified. 2) Modern portfolio theory and relevant concepts should be applied, discussed and explained. 3) Explanation of the criteria used to make such a set of choices should be clearly discussed and their limitations considered. 4) Any limitations of the approach you have used to create your portfolio should be considered. Marks will be given for clear explanations of each step and element of your decisions in your report. Justification for each assumption and decision is encouraged. The calculations or spreadsheet should be appended to the back of the document. This does not count in the word count. You should look to demonstrate your understanding of the concept of portfolio construction, risk aversion and associated concepts along with the limitations of such an approach. Return of Marked Work Marked work available on Turnitin. You can expect to have marked work returned to you within 2 weeks after the submission date. 2 PLAGIARISM WARNING! – Assignments should not be copied in part or in whole from any other source, except for any marked up quotations, that clearly distinguish what has been quoted from your own work. All references used must be given, and the specific page number used should also be given for any direct quotations, which should be in inverted commas. Students found copying from the internet or other sources directly will get zero marks and may be excluded from the university. Note: Please make sure that your ID number and the module number appear on the actual coursework assignment as well as on the cover sheet that you attach to it. For large modules with multiple seminars, your Seminar Group or Tutor’s name must be clearly shown, to ensure that your assignment goes to the correct person for marking. (Put the class day and time if you cannot remember tutor’s name).

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Need Help-Capital Budgeting Problem

Need Help-Capital Budgeting Problem

Financial Management

Ford Company

Capital Budgeting Problem


The market value of Fords’ equity, preferred stock and debt are $7 billion, $3 billion, and $10 billion, respectively. Ford has a beta of 1.8, the market risk premium is 7%, and the risk-free rate of interest is 4%. Ford’s preferred stock pays a dividend of $3.5 each year and trades at a price of $27 per share. Ford’s debt trades with a yield to maturity of 9.5%. What is Ford’s weighted average cost of capital if its tax rate is 30%?


Ford Company
Market Capitalization Weight
Equity (E)
Preferred (P)
Debt (D)




Ford Company
Weight Cost After-tax

Marginal Weight

Equity (E) X =
Preferred (P) X =
Debt (D) X =
Total X =


Need Help-Capital Budgeting Problem


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Companies gaining market share and increasing profit margins

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Companies gaining market share and increasing profit margins

In light of the economic crises of 2009, explain how companies such as General Electric (GE) are trying to gain market share and increase profit margins.


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The concept of customers becoming experts

The concept of customers becoming experts

Discuss the concept of customers becoming experts. What do you think this means for the service industry and customers? Where do customers gather information about our business and how do they claim to know it all?! How do service providers prepare for this?

BUS6012 Business Operations and Systems

Birmingham City Business School

BUS6012 Business Operations and Systems

Assignment 2016

You may find the information for B&M Home Store UK online, in Keynotes in the Library, Company reports, cases online, and the financial press. The literature sources should be books, journals, refereed papers and appropriate online sources. You should find the sources of information that you will use to deliver the three assessment parts within the first four weeks of the course. This is important and failure to complete this task will jeopardise your performance on the module.

Part 1

B&M was formed in 1978 and they are variety retailers in the UK. B&M operate 450 stores across UK and employs 20,000 workers (http://www.bandmretail.com/).

You should outline the essential components for ‘effective business operations management’ for B&M stores (B&M) in the UK. Use a soft systems methodology to evaluate the issues B&M might face if they decide to introduce facilities to enable their customers to order goods online and have them delivered to the door. Support your discussion with appropriate business operations models (i.e. operation strategy performance (priorities) model, customer value, the service gap model, four v’s profile etc.).


  1. You should start with what B&M are doing well compare to the sector (why customers turn up to the stores).
  2. Research the problems they may face going online (the change) using Soft Systems Methodology (critical analysis of need/problem to be solved).
  3. Support your discussions with appropriate operations models (quality/depth).

You should compare and contrast different models used by the sector in which B&M operates and recommend appropriate solutions for online shopping, make easier for customers to select and buy their products with fully integrated mobile applications (issues to consider centralised/decentralised inventory and delivery chain, customer value chain, cost implications, sustainability etc.).

With reference to the parcel conundrum (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18709348) recommend how B&M should respond to this conundrum (keeping in mind the possible technological and environmental (CO2) impact).


  1. Your academic enquiry should lead to synthesis of important issues around the problem and solution.
  2. Critical analysis and evaluation of customer’s digital experience.
  3. Innovative ways to serve their customers better.
  4. Consider the services which are unique and benefits to B&M.
  5. Consider customer value for shopping online.
  6. Comparison of different solution with costing and choose one solution to take forward with reasoning.

Part 2

For the new system you should include Root Definition, CATWOE and produce a detailed “Rich Picture” (hand drawn) to fully illustrate your answer. Your rich picture must indicate the problems well as the solution. (Not included in the word count).

By means of a business process plan illustrate the changes including “AS IS” and “TO BE”. Detailed explanations of both plans are required and support your discussions with relevant literature. (Business process plans not included in the word count but explanation is included).

Tips: Structure for part two:

  1. Rich picture (fully illustrating part one).
  2. Root Definition (based on your chosen solution).
  3. Table for CATWOE (this is to test the Root Definition).
  4. “AS IS” process plan (include brief summer of the process plan).
  5. “TO BE” process plan (include summery to explain the process plan)

Part 3

Discuss how the managers would turn performance objectives into operations priorities and the resources that would be necessary for effective implementation of the new process (about six hundred words).

Using a Balanced Scorecard, discuss how the business performance can be measured post implementation (refer to the last three years of company annual reports and any other relevant data for improvement and target trends for B&M). (Balanced scorecard charts are not included in word count but discussion on each prospective is included, about hundred words for each prospective)

Your work should be referenced including in text referencing with appropriate literature and form a logical and concise discussion.


ENGR 1257 Laboratory

ENGR 1257 Laboratory

Week of May 9, 2016

Wedge Lab Exercise


Preparation for the lab activity.  Please read the file Wedge_Exercise.pdf and the file rethink_Wedges.pdf that are provided on Canvas>Assignments>Labs>Wedges prior to coming to Lab.  You will find it useful to have a computer capable of working with a PowerPoint file.  It is suggested that you work in groups of 3 or 4 students.  The exercise consists of two parts:

1)  Each group will prepare a solution to the CMI Wedge Game.  A solution will have the following characteristics:

  1. A solution consists of 8 wedges as described in pages 3-8 of the file Wedge_Exercise.pdf. The 8 wedges will permit the world to avoid emissions of 8 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2060.  (1 ton of carbon emissions =  3.6 tons of CO2 emissions.)  The choice of wedges will be accompanied by a discussion of the challenges posed by each wedge.
  2. The chosen wedges must be internally consistent. You cannot extract more carbon from a sector (heat, transport, electricity) than the sector contributes to emissions.
  3. The overall strategy should be appealing to the stakeholders: Taxpayers/consumers, energy companies, environmental groups, manufacturers, governments of industrialized countries, governments of developing countries.

2) The last two slides of your presentation will consist of additions to your Wedge Solution that take into account information in the Rethinking Wedges paper and a justification for the number of additional wedges you added.


Your group will develop its solution as a power point presentation and turn it in to Canvas via file upload one week after your lab session.  A template for the presentation is provided on Canvas.  Your TA will present an introduction to the exercise at the beginning of your lab period for the week of May 19.



1) A maximum of 6 points will be awarded to the group members.  Group members are expected to contribute to the development of the solution and its presentation.

Description of solution and its challenges: 2 pts

Consistency of the solution and Stakeholder Appeal: 3 pts

Response to Wedges Reconsidered (last 2 slides): 1 pt

2) Grading criteria.  There are a large number of right answers for each part of this exercise.  For an answer to number 2 to be right, it must address challenges, be internally consistent and appeal to stakeholders.  For the answer to number 3 to be right, it must address issues raised in the paper. A range of answers can be justified.

The landers earthquake shear zone , California

The landers earthquake shear zone , California



“Crust-busting” faults, whether active or inactive, are regional-scale faults with trace lengths commonly in the range of hundreds of kilometers. Crust-busting faults emerge directly from plate-tectonic forces, and commonly record histories encompassing tens of millions of years. The characteristics we see today, when examining a crust-busting fault, is the ‘finite’ result of progressive deformation over time. In some cases a crustbusting fault may become dormant, only to become ‘reactivated’ hundreds of millions of years later. Some crust-busting faults may reveal exclusively brittle fabrics, others ductile fabrics, and still others a combination of brittle and ductile. It all depends on what depth-level of faulting (or shearing) is today exposed at the earth’s surface. Crust-busting faults are wonderful devices to integrate facts and knowledge. And this is the intention of the project. We want you to gain experience describing fundamental physical and geometric characteristics; describing the kinematic properties; interpreting the mechanics of faulting/shearing; and interpreting the faulting in relation to plate tectonics. ASSIGNMENT: First, you will choose a crust-busting fault from a list provided. If you wish to study one that is not on the list, you will need to gain approval from me in advance. I want to be certain that the fault truly qualifies, and that it is connected with a helpful literature of good articles and lots of information. Second, you will prepare a 7-page report. As in Project X, you will mount the pages in a Poster format. The contents are as follows: STRUCTURE-TECTONIC MAP (page 1): Based on maps that you discover in the literature, you will draw a geologic map that emphasizes structural geology. Don’t just Xerox a map/figure and cut-and-paste. Instead, draw it by hand, and color it by hand, so that the nature of the crust-busting fault becomes apparent. Somewhere near the base of this page you need to show a small index map of location, north arrow, and scale. You also will show the literature reference (source) for the map (e.g., Coney, 1998), and then post the full reference on p. 6, References Cited. Your map must be accompanied by an explanation of rock formations. You will ‘lump’ formations together into specific thick assemblages, e.g., Precambrian basement, Paleozoic sedimentary formations, Mesozoic sedimentary formations, Cenozoic sediments and volcanics, etc. The explanation will also explain structural symbols: folds, faults, bedding or layering, etc. STRUCTURE SECTION (page 2): You will hand draw and color a geologic cross section (structure section) showing the fault relationships. Be sure to note the orientation and scale of the cross section. This will not be a cut-and-paste of a figure from the literature, but your own rendering, typically simplifying the published section(s) in ways that underscore the key relationships. 2 FAULT DESCRIPTION (page 3): Through bullet-points, and in an organized fashion, you will describe the key geometric attributes of your crust-busting fault: shape, length, breadth, orientation, map pattern, associated structures (e.g., folds and faults), nature of fault rocks, rocks assemblages affected, truncations and offsets, etc. Be sure to cite sources for your information. KINEMATICS (page 4): Through bullet points, and in an organized fashion, you will describe the type of fault (normal, thrust, strike-slip, oblique), magnitude of slip, direction of slip, sense of slip, nature of strain, sense-of-slip indicators, rotations (if any), etc. Place the kinematics in a time frame: i.e., what happened when? In your own hand, draw diagrams/pictures that show in cross-section or map view the progressive kinematic development. For active faults include focal mechanisms and GPS data. Be sure to cite sources of your information. DYNAMICS AND MECHANICS (page 5): Through bullet points, and in an organized fashion, describe the depth/temperature/pressure/rate conditions under which your crust-busting fault evolved. Also describe the orientations of the principal stress directions that can explain what is seen, including any possible variations in principal stress directions over time. Be sure to cite sources of your information. TECTONICS (page 6): In your own hand, draw a map (and if useful a cross-section) showing the plate conditions and configurations that gave rise to your crust-busting fault. Then, through bullet points, describe the tectonic origin, evolution, and significance of your fault. Be sure to cite sources of your information. REFERENCES (page 7): Use the journal Geology as guide to citing references. Your document should include 3 or 4 references. Do not take all of your information and maps/sections from just one resource. We don’t want to see Wikopedia or other sources for which it is difficult to evaluate validity. Reference articles and books in the way I reference material in the textbook, at end. THE POSTER SESSION ITSELF This will be held in the Lobby of the Gould-Simpson Building from 10:30 to 12:30 on May 10th. As I did for Poster X, I will invite faculty and graduate students to come and view your work, and to engage in conversations to learn what you found and concluded. There will be sections of wall devoted to a particular ‘class’ of faults: strike-slip, thrust & reverse, and normal. We will all ‘mill around’ and look at as many of the products as possible. Then we will have a brief discussion re/ the diagnostic characteristics of strikeslip versus normal faults versus thrust faults versus reverse faults.

Economics Project

Class Project

Select two stocks and record their daily returns over a four week period.  Do the same for the S&P 500 index.

  1. Compute the sample mean and the sample standard deviation for each stock and the market index.
  2. Compute the expected return and the standard deviation of the portfolio.
  3. Compute and graph the combination line.
  4. Compute the equation for each stock’s characteristic line.
  5. What is the sample beta for each stock?
  6. Compute the same residual variance for each stock. What does this statistic tell you?
  7. Compute the sample coefficient of determination for each stock. What does this statistic tell you?
  8. Compute the beta for the portfolio.
  9. Compute the Sharpe index for the market portfolio.
  10. Compute the Sharpe index for the portfolio. Compare it to the market portfolio and interpret the results.

All answers must be typed, and should align with each of the above questions.  Clarity and neatness counts.  Include all relevant computer printouts (such as those related to tracking of daily returns) with the project.


Due date is Monday, April 28, 2014

Portfolio Management (FINA 4315)-Spring 2016

Portfolio Management (FINA 4315)-Spring 2016

Portfolio Management (FINA 4315)

Spring 2016

Case 2 (15 Points)

It is group work. Each group will have no more than two members. It is due on (Wedenesday, 27th April, 2016)



Select an industry of your choice and then evaluate the industry in terms of the five factors that determine an industry’s intensity of competition.

Based on this analysis, what are your expectations about the industry’s profitability in the short run (1 or 2 years) and the long run (5 to 10 years)?


Case should be properly typed with a cover page.

Marks would be given on clarity and proper organization of work.


Method of submission: Each project must be submitted as a hard copy at the beginning of class on that day

Text format: Font: 12 pt, Times New Roman; Margin: one inch from all sides, Spacing: 1.5 spaced. Pages should be numbered. Cover page will not be numbered. Cover page will have the names and student Id.


Length: The paper should be approximately of 1000 words long including cover page and references page. It may be a little more or less. I will give more weight to quality rather than quantity.


Referencing: The project must be based on the rules of academic writing. When you use the ideas of somebody else, you must give a reference. References should be consistent. That is, only one method of referencing should be followed. You cannot mix various styles when giving references.


To show evidence that you have undertaken research and understood the topic, your report and presentation should include

Clear references

Relevant researched material attached as appendix

Charts, diagrams or graphs used for illustration where possible






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