The coursework assignment is split in to two parts with parts A and B being equally weighted with respect to grading although you will be given an overall grade for the complete assignment to allow some flexibility in the marking in order to reward good work.
Part A – Suppose you are a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a UK based company.
You have been requested to provide a short briefing report to the other directors of your business with respect to raising an additional £500m of funding to enable the next stage of development of the business to be carried out. Assume that all avenues of funding are available to the business, which is currently a listed company with 100 million shares and current market price of £10 per share.
For the report in Part A, it should critically review the advantages and disadvantages of the main funding options with plenty of academic references. Especially, it would be expected that this report would include the different options available through the equity and debt markets.
Part B – This additional funding will allow the business to become more global with the opportunity to develop a market in numerous countries with payment being made in the local currency. The directors are conservative in their attitude to risk. Provide a report to the directors critically evaluating alternative derivatives including forwards, futures, options and swaps that are available in the market in order to minimise the risk with respect to payment in international currencies.
For the report in Part B, it should critically discuss and compare the use of financial derivatives including forwards, futures, options and swaps to manage Foreign Exchange (FX) Risk. By using plenty of academic references, discussions may include:
- How it works in mitigating FX risk?
- Advantages and disadvantages of each type of derivative in managing FX risk?
- The assignment is worth 90% of your overall mark. It is expected that the assignment will apply the concepts and approaches developed in the text and credit will be given for evidence of wider reading.
- You are expected to link the reports for Parts A and B together in the form of a single essay.
- The essay must be around 4,000 words (can between 3,800 and 4,200 maximum) excluding the references, tables, figures and notes. Parts A and B are expected to be equally weighted, i.e., around 2,000 words for each part.
- You should also refer to further references from a variety of sources (e.g., journals, books, working paper etc.) in relation to this topic.
- All references must be correctly cited following Harvard Referencing
* The Masters Programmes in Edinburgh Napier University are assessed on a 15-point grading scale with three overall grades of performance, Distinction, Pass and