FIN 534 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Question
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FIN 534 Week 1 DQ 1: An Overview of Financial Management: Determine two (2) reasons why the concept of corporate finance is important to all managers. Support your response with examples of events that demonstrate this importance. Week 1 DQ 2: An Overview of Financial Management: Evaluate the overall importance of financial securities to financial managers. Justify your response. From the scenario, recommend two (2) actions that Trevose Fitness Center (TFC) could take in order to raise capital that will, in turn, enable it to reach its expansion goals. Defend your response.
FIN 534 Week 2 DQ 1: Financial Statement, Cash Flow, and Taxes: Analyze the importance and impact of financial managers being able to understand financial statements. Provide the rationale behind your analysis. Imagine that you are starting a business. Determine the tax considerations that might result in you setting the business up as a proprietorship or a partnership, rather than a corporation.
FIN 534 Week 2 DQ 2: Analysis of Financial Statements: From the e-Activity, determine why it is sometimes misleading to compare a company’s financial ratios with those of other firms that operate within the same industry.
FIN 534 Week 3 DQ 1: "Time Value of Money" : Examine the concept of time value of money in relation to corporate managers. Propose two (2) methods in which time value of money can help corporate managers in general. Examine the manner in which financial managers use an opportunity cost rate in discounted cash flow analysis, and determine its position on a timeline.
FIN 534 Week 3 DQ 2: Bond, Bond Valuation, and the Interest Rates: Examine the pros and cons of a sinking fund from the viewpoint of both a firm and its bondholders. Determine the fundamental manner in which this knowledge could be helpful to a financial manager.
FIN 534 Week 4 DQ 1: Risk and Return: Take a position on the following statement: “The stand-alone risk of an individual corporate project may be quite high. However, the project’s true risk may be much lower when viewed in the context of its effect on stockholders’ risk.”
FIN 534 Week 4 DQ 2: Valuation of Stocks and Corporations: From the e-Activity, determine whether stock prices are affected more by long-term or short-term performance. Provide one (1) example of the effect that supports your claim. From the scenario, value a share of TFC’s stock using a growth model method, and compare that value to the current trading price of a share of TFC.
Week 5 DQ 1: Financial Options and Applications in Corporate Finance: Determine two to three (2-3) methods of using stocks and options to create a risk-free hedge portfolio can be created. Support your answer with examples of these methods being used to create a risk-free hedge portfolio.Examine the manner in which option pricing is useful in corporate finance. DQ 2: The Cost of Capital: Determine two (2) factors that are generally beyond a firm’s control but still affect its cost of capital. Provide one (1) example for each of these factors that support your response.
Week 6 DQ 1: The Basics of Capital Budgeting: Evaluating Cash Flows: Elaborate on why the net present value (NPV) of a relatively long-term project is more sensitive to changes in the cost of capital than is the NPV of a short-term project. Provide two (2) examples of NPV that support your position. DQ 2: Cash Flow Estimation and Risk Analysis: If a firm decides to structure a project so that expenditures may be made in stages rather than all at the beginning, predict the manner in which this would affect the project’s risk and expected NPV. Support your position with one (1) real-world example of such an effect.
Week 7 DQ 1: Corporate Valuation and Financial Planning: Suppose a company’s return on invested capital is less than its weighted average cost of capital (WACC). Speculate on what would happen to the value of operations if the sales growth rate increases. Provide examples of similar instances to support your response. DQ 2: Agency Conflicts and Corporate Governance: Select the type of agency conflict that you believe has the most serious repercussions, and provide a rationale for your selection. Provide one (1) example of the groups in the throes of the selected agency conflict.
Week 8 DQ 1: Distributions to Shareholders: Dividends and Repurchases: Evaluate the validity of the decision process for distribution policy and dividend policy. Discuss all the factors that influence this decision process in question. DQ 2: Capital Structure Decisions: Suggest three (3) factors that managers should consider when making capital structure decisions. Provide a rationale for your response. From the scenario, examine the dividend rate that TFC is paying in order to determine if the company should receive a rate adjustment.
Week 9 DQ 1: Supply Chains and Working Capital Management: Examine the key reasons why a business may not want to hold too much or too little working capital. Provide examples that illustrate the consequences of either situation. DQ 2: Supply Chains and Working Capital Management: Suggest two (2) creative actions that a firm may take to shorten its cash conversion cycle. Provide a rationale for your suggestions. From the scenario, analyze TFC’s cash budget to determine key methods in which the budget may be optimized
Week 10 DQ 1: Multinational Financial Management: Imagine that you work for a corporation that is doing very well in the domestic market. Compare and contrast the overall pros and cons of accessing global markets, and recommend whether or not the company should consider such expansion. Provide a rationale for your recommendation. DQ 2: Multinational Financial Management: From the e-Activity, determine key reasons why a multinational corporation might decide to borrow in a country such as Brazil, where interest rates are high, rather than in a country like Switzerland, where interest rates are low. Provide support for your rationale.
Week 11 DQ 1: Sum It Up: Provide two (2) examples that describe how your own theories of financial management have matured or changed since the beginning of this course. DQ 2: Transfer It: Propose two (2) applications of knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position. Create a list of three (3) best practices to follow in the field of financial management.