FIN201 Portfolio Construction And Review: The Economic And Investment Outlook Assignment 2 Answer

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The assessments for this subject are described below. The description includes the type of assessment, its purpose, weighting, due date and submission requirements, the topic of the assessment, details of the task and detailed marking criteria, including a marking rubric for essays, reports and presentations. Supplementary assessment information and assistance can be found in Moodle. KOI expects students to submit their own original work in both assignments and exams, or the original work of their group in the case of group assignments.

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Assessment 2

Assessment Type: Case Study – individual assessment. 2,500 +/- 10% words.

Purpose: To allow students to demonstrate an understanding of the various portfolio investment analysis techniques applicable to real world situations, enabling them to construct an investment portfolio, analyse the expected and actual performance of the selected securities and the overall portfolio against a market benchmark. Students will also be expected to review the performance of the portfolio after a period of substantial market volatility, and communicate their findings. Including any new recommendations, in a written report. The assessment will reflect the advice that would be expected from students, if, after graduation, they are working in a modern accounting practice. This assessment relates to learning outcomes a, b, c and d.

Topic: Portfolio Construction and Review: The Economic and Investment Outlook at the End of 2019, Construction of a Diversified Investment Portfolio at that date, and a Review in September, 2020 of its performance.

Task Details: Imagine that you graduated a year ago, and joined a firm of accountants and investment advisers.

On 31 December, 2019, a client, Miss Jean Brown, a single lady born on 30 December, 1954 and who has just retired, seeks your investment advice. She tells you that she owns her own apartment in Balmain, worth $1,000,000, in which she intends to live for the rest of her life. She has used her life’s savings to pay off the mortgage on her apartment and now has no debts. She also has no income, no superannuation, no other savings and has no dependants. However, she has just inherited $2,000,000, which she wishes to invest in a diversified investment portfolio, and seeks your advice on its construction.

She wishes the portfolio to provide an income of $70,000 a year, which will enable her to live comfortably in retirement, including paying for an annual overseas holiday. She says she is in good health and expects to live at least for another 20 years.

After questioning, you assess that she has a moderately conservative risk profile, and wishes to spread her funds across the four main asset classes of Australian securities, namely, Australian company shares, Australian listed property trusts (or REITs – real estate investment trusts), Australian fixed interest securities (Commonwealth and State Government bonds) and Australian cash or equivalents

(e.g., cash at bank, Treasury notes, and bank bills). She is willing to invest up to 50% of her inheritance in risky assets (company shares and listed property trusts) and the balance in fixed interest and cash. To provide a measure of diversification, she wishes to invest in three different securities in each asset class.

Because of exchange rate and other risks, she does not wish to include any foreign or overseas assets or alternative investment assets in her portfolio. On her death, she wishes to have, if possible, more than $2,000,000 (plus her apartment) in her estate, which she plans to leave in equal proportions (50% each) under her will to a niece and to the Red Cross (an international charity).

You are required to prepare a three-part report; each part of which Miss Brown accepts and implements.

Part A of the report, following the Introduction, is a literature survey or review of selected reference books, articles, web-sites and other sources used in the preparation of the report.

Part B of the report is the preparation of a Statement of Investment Advice to Miss Brown, specifying:

  • her personal details, her broad investment objectives and goals, and her risk profile;
  • the then (at end of 2019) domestic economic (with a focus on economic growth, inflation and interest rates) and investment outlook (expected returns and risks) for each of the above four Australian asset classes;
  • your recommended investment portfolio, including asset allocation and selected securities, withe reasons for their selection and how they align with her assessed risk profile (or her ability to comfortably handle risk);
  • the expected annual returns from your selected assets and overall recommended portfolio, along with the prospects for growth in the value of the portfolio, having regard to her desire in the provisions of her will;
  • the risks relating to your recommended portfolio; and
  • a foreshadowing of ongoing monitoring and an annual (or more frequent, if required) review of her portfolio.

Part C of your report will embrace a review and evaluation of your recommended portfolio in September, 2020. It is likely that some at least of your recommendations have been adversely affected (and possibly some enhanced) by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the impacts of government policy seeking to limit the spread of the virus and the resultant economic and investment outcomes.

This part of your report should include a summary of these effects, a current valuation of the original recommended portfolio, a review of the income provided by the selected assets, and a discussion of their suitability for the investor, going forward. Also include reasons for any recommendations for switching investments (selling some of the original assets and replacing them with new ones, together with a revised estimate of future annual income and estate size.

NOTE: In your calculations and report, ignore taxes, brokerage and any investment advice regulations.

Presentation: 2,500 +/- 10% words, in short Report format. The word count excludes the coversheet, contents page, references, appendices, and illustrations (e.g., diagrams, graphs and tables).

Students need to stay within the assigned word limits, and indicate the word count on the cover page of the Assignment. Marks will be reduced for Assignments shorter than or greater than the minimum word count.

Every page should be clearly numbered. The Assignment, when lodged, should include the following, in order:

  1. A KOI Cover Sheet for an Individual Assignment
  2. A title page, which indicates Subject title, Subject code, trimester number, Assignment title, your full name and KOI student number, word count and Tutor’s name.
  3. Executive Summary.
  4. Table of Contents.
  5. Body (main contents).
    • Introduction – a brief introduction as to what the report is about, the methodology and key finding.
    • Part A - Research – this should consist of a review of the literature you have discovered on the topic (see research requirements above) – each identified and described item in your

literature review should be source referenced with “(Author(s), date of publication and page number(s)”.

  • Part B - Analysis – this will be the major part of your Assignment and may require a number of sub-sections and the inclusion of Appendices – see under (f) below.
  • Part C - Recommendations
  • Conclusion.
  1. Appendices (if any) – you may prefer to include the tables required in Parts B and / or C above as Appendices, so that your report flows more freely, making appropriate reference/s in your report to each Appendix as required .
  2. References (using Harvard – Anglia style)
  3. A TURNITIN validation page, including the Similarity score for your Assignment.
  4. A copy of the Marking Rubric (see page 10 below)
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