FIN650 Managerial Finance

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 1 Discussion

DQ1 Briefly discuss the purpose and role that each type 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 secondary (inclusive of OTC)?

DQ2 Select a publicly traded firm of your choice that enjoys a large shareholder base. What challenges may this firm have encountered (or is likely to encounter) in terms of (a) incorporating ethics into financial management practices, and (b) maintaining/sustaining ethical practices in the face of internal or external (market) pressures? Frame your response relative to the financial manager’s fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder’s wealth.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 2 Discussion

DQ1 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 must you set aside each year to make sure that you hit your 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?

DQ2 Financial ratios are essential 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 Financial Analysis and Proposal assignment or a completely different organization altogether. Select one ratio each in the areas of (a) performance, (b) activity, (c) financing, and (d) 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.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 3 Discussion

DQ1 You have been asked to perform a stock valuation prior to the annual shareholders meeting next week. The two models you have selected to value the firm are the dividend discount model and the discounted cash flow model. Explain why the estimates from the two valuation methods differ. Address the assumptions implicit in the models themselves as well as those you made during the valuation process.

DQ2 In a rising interest rate environment, how would bond values change over time? As a bond investor, what measures would you take to manage rate risk?

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 4 Discussion

DQ1 Explain how the decision of the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) to raise interest rates would be expected to affect each component of the weighted average cost of capital (WACC). What mistakes are commonly made when estimating the WACC, and how do these mistakes arise?

DQ2 In what types of situations would capital budgeting decisions be made solely on the basis of project’s net present value (NPV)? Identify potential reasons that might drive higher NPV for a given project. Substantiate your response by providing an example to explain your thought process.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 5 Discussion

DQ1 How would a financial manager determine optimal capital structure? How this would fit in with the company’s capital expenditures, growth plans and operating results?

DQ2 In a “perfect world” capital market, how important is a firm’s decision to pay dividends versus repurchase shares? Under what conditions would you have a tax preference for share repurchase rather than dividends? Would managers acting in the interests of long-term shareholders be more likely to repurchase shares if they believed the stock to be either undervalued or overvalued?

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 6 Discussion

DQ1 If you are the CFO of a multinational company. What steps could you take to minimize international risk? Describe how cash flows are used to minimize political risk.

DQ2 Describe the importance of international capital structure. What risks can you identify when working with cash, credit and inventory management? Provide your rationale and any supporting data.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 7 Discussion

DQ1 Compare and contrast two types of leases and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each. Which type of lease would produce the lowest risk?

DQ2 In your firm, what benefits does leasing offer, compared to the purchase of an asset? Provide examples.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 8 Discussion

DQ1 What could a financial manager look at to determine whether his company is successful or in distress? Give an example of a success or distress in today’s business world.

DQ2 Reflect on your experience in this course. What are the key takeaways you have learned in this course that you can apply tomorrow or in the near future?

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 1 Assignment

Mini Case 1

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to the U.S. financial system.

Read the Chapter 1 Mini Case on pages 55-56 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a through d.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 1 Assignment

Benchmark – Mini Case 2

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to corporate valuation and governance and to identify strategies for conducting business with personal and professional integrity.

Read the Chapter 13 Mini Case on pages 561-562 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a through d.

Using the mini case information, write a 250-500 word letter of intent discussing specific strategies for how you will conduct your start-up business with personal and professional integrity.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MBA and MSN

10.4 Practice strategies for conducting business with personal and professional integrity.

MBA and MBA in Finance

4.4 Practice strategies for conducting business with personal and professional integrity.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 3Assignment

CLC – Mini Case 3

This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to fixed income securities.

Read the Chapter 5 Mini Case on pages 236-237 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a through f.

Create a 5-10 slide PowerPoint presentation in which you summarize your answers from the mini case. Be sure to include graphs, charts, and trends as appropriate.

Present the PowerPoint to class, as directed by your instructor.

In addition, submit both your answers to the mini case and your PowerPoint to the instructor.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 3 Assignment

Benchmark – Mini Case 4

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to stocks and to analyze the ethical implications of decisions and promote ethical standards within organizations.

Read the Chapter 7 Mini Case on pages 339-341 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a through d.

Using the mini case information, write a 250-500 word report presenting potential ethical issues that may arise from expanding into other related fields. In your discussion, proactively strategize about possible expansion by explaining opportunities to promote ethical standards within your organization.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MBA and MSN

10.2 Analyze the ethical implications of decisions and promote ethical standards within organizations.

MBA and MBA in Finance

4.2 Analyze the ethical implications of decisions and promote ethical standards within organizations.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 5Assignment

CLC – Mini Case 5 and Presentation

This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to cash distributions and capital structure.

Read the Chapter 14 Mini Case on page 604-606 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a and b.

Create a 5-10 slide PowerPoint presentation in which you summarize your answers from the mini case. Be sure to include graphs, charts, and trends as appropriate.

Present the PowerPoint to class, as directed by your instructor.

In addition, submit both your answers to the mini case and your PowerPoint to the instructor.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 5Assignment

Benchmark – Mini Case 6

The purpose of this assignment is to analyze a firm’s capital structure and its impact on firm performance. Within the assignment, explain core concepts related to business risk and recommend sound financial decisions based on analysis of a firm’s capital structure and capital budgeting techniques.

Read the Chapter 15 Mini Case on page 651-652 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a and b.

Using the mini case information, write a 250-500 word recommendation of the financial decisions you propose for this company based on an analysis of its capital structure and capital budgeting techniques. Explain why you chose this recommendation.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MBA and MSN

9.1 Recommend sound financial decisions based on analysis of a firm’s capital structure and capital budgeting techniques.

MBA

3.1 Recommend sound financial decisions based on analysis of a firm’s capital structure and capital budgeting techniques.

MBA in Finance

3.1 Recommend sound financial decisions based on analysis of a firm’s capital structure and capital budgeting techniques.

5.1 Analyze a firm’s capital structure and its impact on firm performance.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 7Assignment

CLC – Mini Case 7 and Presentation

This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to stock, equity, debt, and the roles they play in making tactical financial decisions.

Read the Chapter 20 Mini Case on pages 844-846 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a and b.

Create a 5-10 slide PowerPoint presentation in which you summarize your answers from the mini case. Be sure to include graphs, charts, and trends as appropriate.

Present the PowerPoint to class, as directed by your instructor.

In addition, submit both your answers to the mini case and your PowerPoint to the instructor.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

FIN650 Managerial Finance

Week 7Assignment

Mini Case 8

The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to lease vs. purchase and tactical financial decisions.

Read the Chapter 19 Mini Case on pages 796-797 in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a through f.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

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