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Objective: This assignment asks you to prepare a professional investment
management report using data from Yahoo! Finance and the theory and
practices presented in the module.
Submission deadline: 19/01/2016 at 15:00 (3 PM)
Word limit: The report should not exceed 2500 words. This limit excludes the
Appendix with the Excel workbook, but includes the executive summary and the
Question: Assume that you are employed as an analyst for a leading financial
advisory company and that you are asked to prepare an investment analysis
report for a client. The client is interested in diversifying his investment on CocaCola’s stock with another firm’s stock. Your report should demonstrate that you
have a solid understanding of the investment management theories and tools
covered in the module and that you can communicate this clearly.
In order to prepare your report, you need to download the weekly dividendadjusted closing prices for S&P500, Coca-Cola (KO) and the potential firm (see
“Firm-Student ID.xlsx” for your firm) for the period 1/1/2013-1/1/2015. Using this
data, you should then use Excel to compute the corresponding weekly returns.
In the report, you should:
Financial information and descriptive statistics
Briefly discuss three recent news stories (from online sources) about your
firm, which could be of interest to the shareholders. For each story,
explain whether you would expect it to drive the stock price up, down or to
have no price impact. (10 marks)

Report the mean, the variance and the standard deviation of the weekly
returns for each of the three assets (your firm, Coca-Cola and S&P500).
Explain what each of these statistics indicates according to the theory of
investment management. Also explain which of the three assets is more
attractive to an investor that seeks the minimum risk and which is more
attractive to an investor that seeks the highest mean return per unit of
standard deviation. (15 marks)

Report the weekly covariance as well as the correlation between the
returns of the S&P500 and your firm and between Coca-Cola and your

firm. Discuss the kind of relationship in both cases, including appropriate
XY (scatter) plots. (10 marks)

Portfolio selection
Compute and draw the efficient frontier for your firm and Coca-Cola and
explain why it is important in investment management. Compute the
minimum variance portfolio and show its position in the efficient frontier
graph. (15 marks)

Given a constant weekly risk-free rate of 0.05%, compute the optimal risky
portfolio that consists of your firm and Coca-Cola. Compute the optimal
capital allocation between the risk-free asset and the optimal risky portfolio
for the client, assuming a risk-aversion of 10. How should your client
spread an amount of $5,000 among the risk-free asset, the stock of your
firm and Coca-Cola Draw the capital allocation line and show the optimal
capital allocation on the graph. How would you expect the optimal capital
allocation to change if risk aversion increases (20 marks)

Capital Asset Pricing Model
Assume that the expected return on the market portfolio is equal to the
average return on the S&P 500 index in the given time period. Also,
assume again a constant weekly risk-free rate of 0.05%. Obtain the beta
for your firm and for Coca-Cola from Yahoo! Finance and compute the fair
expected return of each stock according to the Capital Asset Pricing
Model. Draw the Security Market Line and show the fair expected returns
of the two stocks and of the S&P 500 on the graph. (15 marks)

Explain which of the two stocks (Coca-Cola or your firm) is riskier for a
fully diversified investor. Compute the alpha of each of these two stocks,
as well as the beta and the alpha of the optimal risky portfolio. What do
the alphas for the stocks and the portfolio indicate in terms of investment
performance (15 marks)


Important details
The file “Firm-Student ID.xlsx” provided in the Coursework folder at the
Blackboard site of the module assigns a real U.S. firm to each student ID.
You should prepare the report for the firm assigned to you.
To find the data you need, you should use Yahoo! Finance. A link to
each firm’s webpage is provided in the above file as well.
The question is strongly related to the material covered in Lectures 1-9,
Seminars 1-2 and Labs 1-2 of the module and the associated chapters
from the textbook.
You should prepare your report in Microsoft Word or in another word
processing software.
An executive summary (of maximum 250 words) should be included at
the beginning of your report. This should summarise the main points of the
In each section of the report, you should also include details about the
data you used and the mathematical formulas (e.g., the CAPM) you
applied for your computations. However, try to be brief and clear in
your answers.
The question should be answered using Microsoft Excel in a single
workbook with multiple worksheets. In the first worksheet, you should
include all the data you obtained from Yahoo! Finance.
Your submission should include a copy of your Excel workbook as
an appendix to your report. 30% of the coursework mark will be
subtracted from submitted assignments that do not include a copy of
the Excel workbook.
You should present your models/computation/discussion in Word in a
helpful and clear way. You should also use an appropriate format for the
Excel cells. All graphs should be included in your report as well (Word
file). For more details on successful presentation see:
Include at least 3 references to textbooks or articles in credible
professional magazines or academic journals. These should be
included at the end in a list of references. Do not include articles that you
do not cite within your report or that you have not at least partly read.
Any questions related to the coursework should be submitted to the
“Coursework Questions” forum within the Q&A forum on the
Blackboard Site of the module. The link to the Q&A forum is within the
list on the left. To ask a question, click on Create a New thread and post
your question. You should also click on “Subscribe” to receive an email
when a new question is posted. You should visit the forum on a regular
More details about coursework submission can be found at


UG Coursework Assessment Criteria
In preparing your coursework, you should be aware that you will be assessed by
reference to the extent to which your answers meet the following criteria:
Identification and application of knowledge
to the question asked
Evidence of reading and research
Capacity to find data from online resources
Ability to construct investment models
related to the question asked
Ability to correctly implement these models
using spreadsheet software
Demonstration of ability to structure and
present work in a clear and coherent way
Clear and accurate expression


Please preserve anonymity by using your university number, not your name.

This coursework counts for 50% of the assessment in this module.

You should be aware of the standards required for the award of marks for
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Your coursework should clearly distinguish between your original words and
ideas, and those of others. When referring to the work of others, from books,
journals or any other source (including the internet), it is essential that you
make this clear by acknowledging your source and referencing correctly. Failure
to reference correctly will lose you marks and may constitute plagiarism or
collusion. Unless specified otherwise by the module organiser, Norwich
Business School uses the Harvard system of referencing.

University Policy on Plagiarism and Collusion
It is important that all students familiarise themselves with the rules and
regulations regarding plagiarism and collusion. Understanding these rules will
help you to avoid plagiarism, and to maintain the quality of your academic work.
You should ensure that you are familiar and up to date with the Universities rule

on Plagiarism and Collusion, available at
You should also make sure that you are familiar with the Business School’s
policy on Harvard referencing which is available in your student handbooks.
Individual study skills support and advice on referencing is also provided by the
Learning Enhancement Service at the Dean of Students Office.
Where work has been submitted in word-processed format, you may be
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examination of the hard copy by the coursework assessors) for use with
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investigated by the NBS Plagiarism Officer. Students who are found to have
plagiarised will be penalised.
In proven cases offenders will be punished and the punishment may extend to
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up to date in your knowledge of university policy and practice.
The University’s policy on Submission of Work for Assessment (Taught
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