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ASSIGNMENT
Note: The recommended cumulative word limit is 4000 words, however, ensure you cover every question and every part of it in reasonable detail. Make liberal use of examples, graphs, charts, tables as required to substantiate your answers. Reflective statements and original analysis are highly encouraged.
Wherever required, you can make suitable assumptions but ensure you justify every recommendation with appropriate reasoning. References to academic journals and industry publications provide credibility and add value to your answers. Please ensure relevant citations are made within the body of the answer/footnotes and full reference provided at the end of the assignment. References will not be included in the word count.
Providing a structured answer broadly starting with an introduction, detailed analysis, and evaluation, followed with a reasonable conclusion would be encouraged.
Question 1
The recent Fed Reserve interest rate hike witnessed growth stocks pull back in the significantly in the stock market compared to value stocks. Is there a correlation between bond yield curves and stock prices? Discuss.
Question 2
Review the Financial Statements of Singapore Airlines and EasyJet (See appendix). Calculate and compare relevant profitability, liquidity, operational efficiency, and leverage ratios. Provide your analysis on which of these airlines is better suited to weather a six-month pandemic grounding of all flights.
Question 3
Discuss agency theory in the context of the industry you work within. Further, make suggestions on how alignment of interests could be achieved between the relevant stakeholders in your company.
Question 4
Answer both of the following questions.
(a) Dave bought a townhouse in downtown Dubai. He estimates that the flooring will have to be renewed at a cost of $25,000 after 20 years. To cover these costs, he intends to save an equal amount of money at the end of each year, earning 6% annual interest rate. How much would he have to put aside each year towards the above expense?
(b) Ayman has just participated in the Emirates Draw and won $20,000. He wants to finance the future study of his newly born son and invests this money in a fund with a maturity of 18 years offering a promising yearly return of 6%. What is the amount available on the 18th birthday of his son?
Question 5
Discuss what is capital structure of a firm. Illustrate with examples how increased leverage could work both in favour and against the firm.
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