FIN 504 All Weeks Discussions GCU
FIN 504 Topic 1 DQ 1
What does it mean to say that managers should maximize shareholders’ wealth “subject to ethical constraints”? What ethical considerations might enter into decisions that result in cash flow and stock price effects that are valued lower than they might otherwise have been?
FIN 504 Topic 1 DQ 2
What role do primary financial markets play in our economy? What role do secondary markets fill? Describe the relationship that exists between financial institutions and financial markets and suggest a method in which this relationship can run more smoothly. Support your rationale with at least one citation from the literature.
FIN 504 Topic 2 DQ 1
Access and solve problem P3-24 from the textbook, Principles of Managerial Finance. Describe Zach Industries’ overall financial condition? Research and describe a company currently in the news in similar financial condition, and compose a comparative analysis on what can be/should be done to improve the circumstances of both the fictional and real-world company. Support your answers with financial ratios and provide explanations.
FIN 504 Topic 2 DQ 2
Describe elements which can commonly cause uncertainty in the cash budget for an enterprise and the rationale for each. If you are the CFO of a company, what techniques would you use to cope with this uncertainty? How might this change in a very large company (1000+ employees) versus a significantly smaller company (100+ employees)?
FIN 504 Topic 3 DQ 1
What effect does compounding interest more frequently than annually have on (a) the future value, and (b) the effective annual rate (EAR)? Explain. How would you explain the difference between the annual percentage rate (APR) and effective annual rate (EAR) to a friend with no background in finance?
FIN 504 Topic 3 DQ 2
Provide an example scenario with rationale of an area in your personal life in which you would like to apply, or have already applied, time value of money concepts. What might you do differently to effect a more financially sound future?
FIN 504 Topic 4 DQ 1
Describe the impact of the coupon rate and yield to maturity (YTM) on the bond par value and market value. If the Federal Reserve Bank decides to increase the interest rate by 1% beginning next quarter, what steps would you take as the CFO of a company to raise capital from the financial markets?
FIN 504 Topic 4 DQ 2
Construct an argument regarding why an individual may not be convinced to make a buy/sell decision based on the Gordon Growth Model (also known as the Dividend Discount Model). Support your rationale with at least one citation from the literature.
FIN 504 Topic 5 DQ 1
As a finance leader of your organization, how would you apply the concept of risk and return in your daily decision-making processes? How might you explain the concept of risk vs. return trade-off during the shareholders meeting? How would a proposed initiative to diversify current holdings affect the discussion? Explain.
FIN 504 Topic 5 DQ 2
Describe the logic underlying the use of target weights to calculate the WACC, and compare this approach with the use of historical weights. What is the preferred weighting scheme? Support your rationale with at least one citation from the literature.
FIN 504 Topic 6 DQ 1
Explain how a net present value (NPV) profile is used to compare projects. How does this profile compare to that of internal rate of return (IRR)? How does reinvestment affect both NPV and IRR? Provide support for your assertions.
FIN 504 Topic 6 DQ 2
Capital budgeting can be affected by exchange rate risk, political risk, transfer pricing, and strategic risk. Select a sector and specific company in the mid- large size range, and explain how each of these factors can affect capital budgeting. Which of these factors provides the greatest impact to your selected organization? What measure might one take to reduce adverse impacts of any or all of these factors?
FIN 504 Topic 7 DQ 1
Research publicly traded companies, selecting two companies in different sectors to provide a written comparison of the capital structure for each. Explain your conclusions on the similarities and differences. What factors can you suggest for why each company adheres to their chosen structuring mechanism?
FIN 504 Topic 7 DQ 2
Why is understanding the relationship between the cash conversion cycle (CCC) and net working capital important to the contemporary business executive? Explain ways in which executive decisions regarding CCC and net working capital can affect a company, both adverse and beneficial. Support your response with a specific example from the business world.
FIN 504 Topic 8 DQ 1
Reflect on your experience building the financial analysis over the span of this course. What component(s) seemed the easiest to develop? What component(s) were the hardest? What other challenges did you encounter, and how did you resolve them? Did anything surprise you as you worked through this project? What are the key takeaways you have learned in this course that you can apply tomorrow or in the near future?
FIN 504 Topic 8 DQ 2
Introduce the company that you have selected for the Case Study assignment into the Main Forum. Provide a summary of the company and the reasons you selected this specific company to analyze. Explain the process you chose to assess your company’s future financial health, and your results. In your responses to colleagues, identify an alternate assessment method that could have been used and provide a brief rationale.
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