4: This question relates to material covered in Topics 1-5. This question addresses the 1st, 2nd and 3rd subject learning outcomes. Find the monthly holding period returns for 2016 for National Australia Bank (NAB), BHP Billiton (BHP) and the market (MKT) as proxied by the All Ordinaries index. The monthly holding period return is the return you would receive if you bought an asset on the first day of the month (opening price) and sold it on the last day of the month (closing price). Using Excel, graph your % return results on one graph with returns on the y axis and time on the x axis to enable comparison between options. (Use 'Close' rather than 'Adjusted Close' for the selling price.) Note: Opening price MUST equal previous month closing price For each investment, what is the average monthly holding period return? For each investment, what is the annual holding period return? . Calculate the standard deviation of the monthly rates of return for each share and the market Using Excel plot your results from (iii) and (iv) above with risk on the x axis and return on the y axis If the 10 year government bond rate is 2.95% and the long term return on the market is 6.5%, assuming the beta (?) for NAB is 1.23 and for BHP is 0.90, use the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to find the expected returns for NAB and BHP Construct and graph the Security Market Line (SML) showing where NAB and BHP lie Based on your findings construct a portfolio made up of 30% CBA and 70% RIO. Calculate the estimated return and ? for this portfolio Based on your understanding of the CAPM and the SML, which of these asset(s) or portfolio(s) would you invest in and which would you not invest in. Explain your choice Rationale This assignment directly addresses some of the key learning outcomes for ACC515 including that on successful completion of the subject students will: be able to evaluate and explain the congruence of accounting, finance and treasury functions; be able to explain and critique the objectives of financial management in contemporary organizations; be able to critically evaluate mainstream financial theory and concepts; be able to discuss and evaluate ethical considerations in financial dealings; be able to demonstrate appropriate communication skills in the context of corporate finance; and be able to demonstrate specific technical competencies and skills in utilizing quantitative techniques in financial analysis. The requirements of this assignment cover up to and including Topic 5 of the Online Learning materials. The assignment is designed to develop your financial analysis and problem solving skills and develop your written communication skills. The questions require you to apply the knowledge and tools covered in the subject topics in order to demonstrate your understanding of the subject content. This first assignment has a heavy focus on fundamental financial mathematics which is a critical building block to develop your capacity to understand and resolve complex finance problems.
Subject Name: Finance
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