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GC LDR650 Dw wk 1-8

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GC LDR650 Dw wk 1-8 Topic 1 DQ1 Briefly discuss the purpose and role that each the three principal types of financial institutions (depositary, contractual, and investment) play in the U.S. economy. How do each of these institutions intersect with the various types of markets, i.e., capital, money, spot (cash), derivatives, Forex and Interbank, primary, and/or secondary (inclusive of OTC)? Considering your analysis of institutions and markets, what strengths and weaknesses exist in our current economy that inhibit optimal performance in these areas? Propose at least one measure or solution to improve or eliminate the weaknesses you’ve identified. Topic 1 DQ 2 Select a publicly-traded firm of your choice that enjoys a solid shareholder base and launched within the past 10 years. You may use the firm you have chosen to profile for the course-long assignment “Financial Analysis and Proposal” or a completely different organization altogether. What challenges has this firm encountered (or is likely to encounter) in terms of 1) incorporating ethics into financial management practices, and 2) maintaining/sustaining ethical practices in the faces of internal or external (market) pressures? Frame your response relative to the financial manager’s fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder’s wealth. Wk 2 Topic 2 DQ 1 Financial ratios are essential to assessing to provide an accurate valuation of a firm. Select a publicly-traded firm of your choice. You may use the firm you have elected to profile for the course-long assignment “Financial Analysis and Proposal” or a completely different organization altogether. Select one ratio each in the areas of 1) performance, 2) activity, 3) financing, and 4) liquidity warnings. Provide an evaluation of the selected firm’s strengths and weaknesses. Based on the ratios you selected, how well does your chosen firm perform? Explain. Topic 2 DQ 2 Briefly explain the “DuPont Analysis” method of performance analysis. What specific strengths or features of this methodology would motivate you to use it in developing a recommendation for a firm’s return on equity (ROE)? If you do not use this method to value ROE, what other methodology would you choose, and why? Under what circumstances would you never use this methodology? Wk 3 Topic 3 DQ 1 You are in the process of buying a house. Your mortgage lender reviewed your credit score, employment history, debt-to-income ratio, and available funds you’ve set aside for the down payment. He quoted you a 2.75% interest rate for a 15-year loan, and a 3.50% rate for a 30-year mortgage loan. The house you want is $200,000 and you can make a 10% down payment. Using Excel, construct an amortization schedule for the amount you need to borrow from your mortgage lender for each loan option. Which of the two is a better financing decision, and why? Show all formulas required to perform these calculations and fully explain your decision making process Topic 3 DQ 2 To live comfortably in retirement, you decide you will need to save $2 million by the time you are 65 (you are 30 years old today). You will start a new retirement savings account today and contribute the same amount of money on every birthday up to and including your 65th birthday. Using TVM principles, how much you must set aside each year to make sure that you hit your goal target goal if the interest rate is 5%? What flaws might exist in your calculations, and what variables could lead to different outcomes? What actions could you take ensure you reach your target goal? Wk 4 4 DQ 1 Define the term “capital intensity.” Assuming all other elements are held constant, how would a decline in the capital intensity of a firm affect additional funds needed (AFN)? Would economies of scale combined with rapid growth affect capital intensity? 4 DQ 2 Consider you are a valuation analyst for Goodyear Tire and

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