New bus 401 ( 2-5 complete class)
****NOTE (Week 2 – Assignment This is Due by 11:59 tonight)*****
Teaching Net Present Value (NPV) & Future Value (FV)
You have been asked by a manager in your organization to put together a training program explaining Net Present Value (NPV) and Future Value (FV) and how they are used to evaluate the price of stock. You have been given the following objectives:
Upon completing your Net Present Value (NPV) and Future Value (FV) Training Program, employees should be able to do the following:
- Explain NPV and FV.
- Describe the factors that are used in the NPV and the FV formulas.
- Give an example of how to use the formulas for NPV and FV for a stock purchase.
- Summarize the differences between the two formulas and the purpose of using each.
Develop a 10- to 12-slide PowerPoint Presentation (excluding title slide and reference slide) that cover each of the above topics. In the slide notes, include your explanations for each topic above. You must use a minimum of two scholarly sources. Format the presentation and cite your resources according to the APA 6th edition style guide as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Week 3 Discussion Questions 1 & 2
It may surprise you that there are cash flows associated with holding a job. Using the examples provided in Chapter 6, construct a simple cash flow statement and payback calculation for when your job expenses will be covered for employment you currently have or have had in the past. Include in your cash flow statement:
- Expenses associated with working
- Any initial investments
View the video below, which provides some factors that should be considered in capital budgeting considerations.
Imagine the producers of this video ask you to appear in the video to offer two additional considerations in capital budgeting decisions. One consideration must be quantitative (numeric). The other must be qualitative (non-numeric). Write a script to describe capital budgeting considerations that you think are important for managers to consider. Your script should be 200 to 250 words.
Week 3 Assignment Return on Investment – Education Funding
Develop a three- to four-page analysis (excluding the title and reference pages) on the projected return on investment for your college education and projected future employment. This analysis will consist of two parts:
Part 1: Explain how you made the decision to pursue an education in Business or Finance. Include a summary of expenses related to that decision, such as: cost of tuition, cost of books, the interest you may pay on any loans, and any other associated expenses.
Part 2: Conduct research on your desired occupation and identify how much compensation (return) you expect to earn. How long will it take to pay back the return on this investment? Be sure to consider the trade-off between the cost of education and the expected return on investment.
The research paper should be comprehensive and include specific examples. The paper should be formatted according to APA 6th edition style guidelines and must include at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library or other scholarly sources
Week 4 Discussion Questions 1 & 2
Review the”Minimizing Risk” video segment below:
In the video segment, you will watch an interview with two great investors of the twentieth century. Imagine you are Harry Reasoner, and you are allowed to ask Peter Lynch one question about market risk, discount rates, or the weighted average cost of capital (WACC). What question would you ask? Why do you feel that is an important question?
Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Respond to at least two classmates. For one classmate response, answer the question that they have posed to Peter Lynch as if you
Corporations often use different costs of capital for different operating divisions. Using an example, calculate the weighted cost of capital (WACC). What are some potential issues in using varying techniques for cost of capital for different divisions? If the overall company weighted average cost of capital (WACC) were used as the hurdle rate for all divisions, would more conservative or riskier divisions get a greater share of capital? Explain your reasoning. What are two techniques that you could use to develop a rough estimate for each division’s cost of capital? Your initial response should be 200 to 250 words.were speaking for Peter Lynch. In your second classmate response, share whether you agree or disagree with a classmate’s answer to the Peter Lynch question.
Week 4 – Journal
Risk and Return
We examined two very important topics in finance this week: risk and return. To summarize our discussion of the tradeoffs involved with risk and return, view the Evaluating Business Performance: Small Business Case Studies video:
Critically reflect on the importance of the risk and return balance. Consider the following:
- Can we ever have any return without some type of risk?
- If you take on a large risk, are you guaranteed a large return? Why or why not?
- What other factors play into risks that are not covered in the video?
- When have you had to consider risk and return in personal or professional decision-making?
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entry
Week 4 – Assignment
Identifying and Managing Risk
In this assignment, you will compare and evaluate risk management techniques from experts in the field. Go to the Ashford University Library and find one article by Dr. James Kallman. Dr. Kallman, an expert in the field of risk management, has written many articles on managing financial risk. Find a second article in the Ashford University Library from another credible author of your choice who also provides recommendations for risk management.
Develop a three- to four-page analysis (excluding the title and reference pages), of the techniques Dr. Kallman has identified for managing risks. In this analysis, compare Dr.Kallman’s techniques to the techniques recommended in the second article you researched. Explain why you agree or disagree with each authors’ recommendations. Describe other factors you believe should be considered in risk management. The assignment should be comprehensive and include specific examples. The paper should be formatted according to APA.
You must cite at least two scholarly sources, in addition to the text, from the Ashford University Library, one being an article by Dr. Kallman.
Week 5 Discussion Questions 1 & 2
Using the Ashford University Library as a resource, find two articles that discuss financial ratio analysis. Identify two advantages and two disadvantages to using ratios in financial analysis. Be sure to cite your sources using APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Review at least two of your classmate’s posts. Respond to at least two classmates by commenting on how the articles they found were similar or dissimilar from your own. What can you add in regard their advantages and disadvantages?
Applying Ratios to a Business
Review the following Evaluating Business Performance: Small Business Case Studies video:
The video focuses on profitability, liquidity, efficiency, and stability of business. Given what you have learned about ratio analysis, choose one of the businesses from the video (Rose Chong Costumes, Anro’s Floor Maintenance, or John Osborne’s Gym and Squash Center) and identify two ratios that would be helpful for the owner of the business to monitor. Be sure to explain what the ratio would tell the owner, and how it can be improved for the business.
Week 5 – Final Paper
Evaluation of Corporate Performance
The Final Project will involve applying the concepts learned in class to an analysis of a company using data from its annual report. Using the concepts from this course, you will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the company and write a report either recommending or not recommending purchase of the company stock.
Research Tip: The “Mergent” database in the Ashford University Library contains company profiles and financial information for publicly traded companies and their competitors. To access this database enter the Ashford Library and select “Find Articles and More” in the top menu panel. Next, select “Databases A-Z” and go to section “M” for “Mergent”. For help with using Mergent, use Mergent Online Quick Tips.
For help with reading an annual report access this handy guide from Money Chimp.
The completed report should include:
- An introduction to the company, including background information.
- A complete and thorough financial statement review.
- Pro Forma financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the next fiscal year, assuming a 10 percent growth rate in sales and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for the next year.
- Complete ratio analysis for the last fiscal year using at least two ratios from each of the following categories:
- Financial leverage
- Asset management
- Market value
- A calculation of Return on Equity (ROE) using the DuPont system.
- Assessment of management performance by calculating Economic Value Added (EVA).
- A synopsis of your findings, including your recommendations and rationale for whether or not to purchase stock from this company.
This report should be eight to ten pages long (excluding title page and reference pages) using APA 6th edition formatting guidelines. Support your findings and recommendations with evidence from at least five scholarly resources, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford University library.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
- Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
- Must include a cover page that includes:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
- Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
- Must use at least five scholarly resources from the Ashford University Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
- Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.