Business School Coursework Financial Markets

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Coursework due date:  21st January 2021, 4pm on Thursday 



The aim of this Assignment is to test the students’ knowledge about the following learning outcomes:

  • Undertake, with critical awareness, analysis of complex financial information and communicating the outcome of group work effectively.
  • Use Financial Databases in order to connect theory with the practical application.


The final date for this assignment by which work must be submitted is 21st January 2021at 16:00. Students may submit work at any time prior to these deadlines, and are encouraged not to wait until the final deadline.


You are reporting to a UK based Hedge fund who is considering investing £1 billion for five years, in UK and in one EU economy. The CEO has requested that you provide answers to the following key questions.


  • You should download five years of monthly closing prices for the relevant UK and EU market, stock market indexes ENDING ON YOUR MOST RECENT BIRTHDAY. The data could be obtained from Bloomberg, FAME or any other database given that you cite the database you have used.[1] Explain the choice of your benchmark indexes (10 marks)
  • Explain which index you think outperformed the other during the selected time period and why (10 marks)
  • Explain the choice of your EU market as a Hedge Fund manager. (10 marks)
  • You should download five years of monthly closing prices for the relevant UK and EU market risk-free rates. Discuss the choice of your risk free rates. (15 marks)
  • Briefly discuss the UK’s recent macroeconomic performance, using no more than 200 words. Briefly discuss the recent macroeconomic performance of your chosen EU market, using no more than 200 words (15 marks)
  • Describe two hedge fund strategies. Discuss using no more than 200 words. (10 marks)
  • Describing the condition of the financial system of UK and the chosen EU market (stock market, bond market, currency market, house market, bank lending and consumption) during the period 01/2020-09/2020. Discuss using no more than 800 words and no less than 400 words. (20 marks)
  • You have been assigned the task of writing an essay that will explain the top management team assigned this project what do rating agencies do and what has been the criticism of


their activities? Discuss using no more than 600 words and no less than 300 words. (10 marks). (10 marks)

Evaluate your results. Produce a report explaining your workings and findings; based on what you have learned in this module explain and discuss in detail. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answers.

The better your essay to this group, the more likely you are to become a voting member of the team.


Requirements for the assignment

The assignment is to be 3000 words (± 5%) long excluding title page, tables, figures, references and appendices. Your text should be double-spaced using size 12 Times New Roman font. Standard margins should be used. Assignments which don’t meet these requirements will not be accepted.

Each essay should have the following:

  1. A title page which includes, the given question and authors’ names.
  2. An abstract of less than 100 words. This should summarize your essay, and be on the title page.
  3. Conclusion (approx.150) – summary of findings.
  4. References – please note that all and only cited papers should be in your references. Please follow the Harvard referencing style. Failure to reference properly will result in marks being deducted.
  5. Pay particular attention to how headings and sub-headings are used when you present your work. Also note how papers are referenced and cited. Furthermore, make sure your tables and figures follow the style of the Journal of Financial Economics.
  6. You must submit an Excel file containing your data, along with your submission.
  7. You should use your student number to identify your Excel file.


Assessment task and assessment criteria for coursework


There is a 3000 words (± 5%) individual assignment that must be completed successfully to satisfy the assessment criteria of the module.


Marking and Feedback Sheet  

3000 words (± 5%) report

Key to Your Overall Mark:


70+   A          First     Outstanding in all respects

60-69 B         2:i         Many very good features

50-59 C         2:ii       Average; satisfactory evidence of overall grasp

40-49 D         3rd        Adequate evidence of understanding

35-39 E                      Inadequacies in some features


. fail

0-34             F           Fail       Weak in most areas



Strengths/Weaknesses Feedback (more sections does NOT mean more marks)


For the assessment of this assignment the following general criteria will be used:


For a mark of 70% and above:


The discussion provides an exceptional evaluation of the chosen topic.

The discussion is illustrated with appropriate and relevant analysis, and demonstrates both competence and understanding together with creativity and originality.

The discussion also arrives at a considered and balanced conclusion and relevant recommendations are made with appropriate justification.


There is comprehensive evidence of wide reading/research illustrated throughout the discussion, with relevant referencing to appropriate authority.


Excellent presentation skills are displayed.

For a mark of 60% – 69%:


The discussion provides a balanced evaluation of the chosen topic.

The discussion is illustrated with appropriate and relevant analysis, and demonstrates both competence and understanding.

The discussion also arrives at a considered and balanced conclusion and relevant recommendations are made with appropriate justification.

There is relevant referencing, with the discussion containing no significant errors and/or omissions.

Appropriate presentation skills are illustrated.


For a mark of 50% – 59%:


The discussion is mainly descriptive and lacks any critical insight.

Analysis of the chosen topic is limited and recommendations are unsubstantiated.

Although there is some understanding of the main issues identified, the assignment is lacking in analysis and coverage.

Reading and research whilst balanced and thorough appears nonetheless limited.

Appropriate presentation skills are illustrated.


For a mark of 45% – 49%:


The discussion provides an inadequate analysis of the chosen topic.

In addition the assignment is somewhat unstructured with no critical comment provided. Although the discussion arrives at a considered and balanced conclusion, little or no justification is offered.

There is some relevant referencing, with the discussion containing no significant errors and/or omissions.

However, there is little evidence of reading/research, and concluding comments are somewhat limited and inconclusive.

Limited presentation skills are illustrated.


For a mark below 45%:


The discussion fails to provide any adequate evaluation of the chosen topic.

The assignment is limited and unstructured and the analysis poor.


There is little evidence of understanding with little or no evidence of reading/research.

Poor presentation skills are illustrated.



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