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FIN 550 Assignment 1 Analyzing Your Portfolio


FIN 550 Assignment 1 Analyzing Your Portfolio


Assignment 1 Analyzing Your Portfolio


Due Week 5 and worth 250 points

This assignment is based on the portfolio you have created using the StockTrak Portfolio Simulation software, found at . Make sure to show your work for any calculations, as well as include any charts or graphs that illustrate key concepts.

Write a paper of at least five (5) pages in which you:

Using the data available for the company comprising the largest percentage of your portfolio, calculate the dividend payout ratio, growth rate of the company’s dividends, price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, and the maximum P/E ratio that you would apply to this stock using the most recent earnings per share (EPS).
Using the infinite period Dividend Discount Model (DDM) and the required return, determine the value of each stock in your portfolio. Analyze any differences between the value of the stock calculated using the two (2) methods. Then, suggest why the values might differ.
Calculate the operating margin, asset turnover, interest burden, financial leverage, and tax rate for each of the five (5) years. Describe the role that each of the components plays in changes in net shareholders’ equity for each year.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Assess overall corporate strategy to support the formulation of investment goals and objectives.
Analyze the individual investments in a corporate portfolio in relation to the market to support a firm’s investment planning decisions.
Evaluate portfolio performance and develop recommendations to improve a firm’s investment performance.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in corporate investment analysis.
Write clearly and concisely about corporate investment analysis using proper writing mechanics.



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