Tuesday, 8 December 2015

FIN534 Homework Set_5

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Use the following information for Questions 1 and 2:
Boehm Corporation has had stable earnings growth of 8% a year for the past 10 years and in 2013 Boehm paid dividends of $2.6 million on net income of $9.8 million. However, in 2014 earnings are expected to jump to $12.6 million, and Boehm plans to invest $7.3 million in a plant expansion. This one-time unusual earnings growth won’t be maintained, though, and after 2014 Boehm will return to its previous 8% earnings growth rate. Its target debt ratio is 35%.
Calculate Boehm’s total dividends for 2014 under each of the following policies:
1. (a) Its 2014 dividend payment is set to force dividends to grow at the long-run growth rate in earnings.
(b) It continues the 2013 dividend payout ratio.
2. (a) It uses a pure residual policy with all distributions in the form of dividends (35% of the $7.3 million investment is financed with debt).
(b) It employs a regular-dividend-plus-extras policy, with the regular dividend being based on the long-run growth rate and the extra dividend being set according to the residual policy.
Use the following information for Questions 3 and 4:
Schweser Satellites Inc. produces satellite earth stations that sell for $100,000 each. The firm’s fixed costs, F, are $2 million, 50 earth stations are produced and sold each year, profits total $500,000, and the firm’s assets (all equity financed) are $5 million. The firm estimates that it can change its production process, adding $4 million to investment and $500,000 to fixed operating costs. This change will (1) reduce variable costs per unit by $10,000 and (2) increase output by 20 units, but (3) the sales price on all units will have to be lowered to $95,000 to permit sales of the additional output. The firm has tax loss
carryforwards that render its tax rate zero, its cost of equity is 16%, and it uses no debt.
3. What is the incremental profit? To get a rough idea of the project’s profitability, what is the project’s expected rate of return for the next year (defined as the incremental profit divided by the investment)? Should the firm make the investment? Why or why not?
4. Would the firm’s break-even point increase or decrease if it made the change? Buy now

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Monday, 7 December 2015

FIN 534 Week 11 Discussion


Rate the three (3) most important concepts that you learned in this course in order of importance (one (1) being the most important; three (3), the least). Provide a rationale for your ratings.

Propose two (2) applications of knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position

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FIN 534 Week 10 Discussion

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Multinational Financial Management" Please respond to the following:
* From the e-Activity, determine key reasons why a multinational corporation might decide to borrow in a country such as Brazil, where interest rates are high, rather than in a country like Switzerland, where interest rates are low. Provide support for your rationale.
* From the scenario, select two (2) potential international markets in which TFC may wish to do business. Compare the currency markets of the two (2) countries you have chosen with that of the U.S. dollar. Based on currency considerations only, recommend whether or not TFC should expand to the international markets that you have chosen.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Assignment 1: Financial Research Report


Due Week 9 and worth 300 points
Imagine that you are a financial manager researching investments for your client that align with its investment goals. Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research any U.S. publicly traded company that you may consider as an investment opportunity for your client. (Note: Please ensure that you are able to find enough information about this company in order to complete this assignment. You will create an appendix, in which you will insert related information.)
The assignment covers the following topics:
·        Rationale for choosing the company for which to invest
·        Ratio analysis 
·        Stock price analysis
·        Recommendations

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

FIN 534 Week 9 Discussion: Working Capital Management

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Examine the key reasons why a business may not want to hold too much or too little working capital. Provide two (2) examples that illustrate the consequences of either situation.
* From the scenario, analyze TFC’s cash budget to determine key methods in which the budget may be optimized (e.g., by renegotiating terms and conditions on some of its payables, etc.). If you believe that there is room for improvement, recommend key strategies for TFC to use in order to optimize its cash budget. If you do not believe that this is the case, provide a rationale for your response. Buy now

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

FIN 534 Week 7 Discussion

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From the scenario, cite your forecasting conclusions that support TFC’s decision to expand to the West Coast market. Speculate as to whether or not the agency conflict discussed in the scenario could become a roadblock to your conclusions. Provide a rationale for your response.
From the mini case, recommend two (2) desired characteristics of a board of directors. Provide support for your response, citing the ways in which these characteristics usually lead to effective corporate governance.

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Monday, 9 November 2015

FIN 534 Homework Set 3

Use the following information for questions 1 through 4:
The Goodman Industries’ and Landry Incorporated’s stock prices and dividends, along with the Market
Index, are shown below. Stock prices are reported for December 31 of each year, and dividends reflect
those paid during the year. The market data are adjusted to include dividends.
Goodman Industries Landry Incorporated Market Index
Year Stock Price Dividend Stock Price Dividend Includes Dividends
2013 $25.88 $1.73 $73.13 $4.50 17495.97
2012 22.13 1.59 78.45 4.35 13178.55
2011 24.75 1.50 73.13 4.13 13019.97
2010 16.13 1.43 85.88 3.75 9651.05
2009 17.06 1.35 90.00 3.38 8403.42
2008 11.44 1.28 83.63 3.00 7058.96
1. Use the data given to calculate annual returns for Goodman, Landry, and the Market Index, and
then calculate average annual returns for the two stocks and the index. (Hint: Remember, returns
are calculated by subtracting the beginning price from the ending price to get the capital gain or
loss, adding the dividend to the capital gain or loss, and then dividing the result by the beginning
price. Assume that dividends are already included in the index. Also, you cannot calculate the
rate of return for 2008 because you do not have 2007 data.)
2. Calculate the standard deviations of the returns for Goodman, Landry, and the Market Index.
(Hint: Use the sample standard deviation formula given in the chapter, which corresponds to the
STDEV function in Excel.)
3. What dividends do you expect for Goodman Industries stock over the next 3 years if you expect
the dividend to grow at the rate of 5% per year for the next 3 years? In other words, calculate D1,
D2, and D3. Note that D0 = $1.50.
4. Assume that Goodman Industries’ stock has a required return of 13%. You will use this required
return rate to discount the dividends calculated earlier. If you plan to buy the stock, hold it for 3
years, and then sell it for $27.05, what is the most you should pay for it?

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

FIN 535 Week 6 Discussion

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Capital Budgeting and Risk Analysis" Please respond to the following:
* From the e-Activity, analyze the reasons why the short-term project that you have chosen might be ranked higher under the NPV criterion if the cost of capital is high, while the long-term project might be deemed better if the cost of capital is low. Determine whether or not changes in the cost of capital could ever cause a change in the internal rate of return (IRR) ranking of two (2).

* From the scenario, take a position for or against TFC’s decision to expand to the West Coast. Provide a rationale for your response in which you cite at least two (2) capital budgeting techniques (e.g., NPV, IRR, Payback Period, etc.) that you used to arrive at your decision.

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

FIN 535 Week 5 Discussion Financial Options and Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

Financial Options and Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)" Please respond to the following:
Determine two to three (2-3) methods of using stocks and options to create a risk-free hedge portfolio. Support your answer with examples of these methods being used to create a risk-free hedge portfolio.
* From the scenario, create a unique hypothetical weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and rate of return. Recommend whether or not the company should expand, and defend your position.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

FIN 535 Homework Set 2

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Directions: Answer the following questions on a separate document. Explain how you reached the answer or show your work if a mathematical calculation is needed, or both. Submit your assignment using the assignment link in the course shell. This homework assignment is worth 100 points. Assume that you are nearing graduation and have applied for a job with a local bank. The bank’s evaluation process requires you to take an examination that covers several financial analysis techniques. Use the following information for Questions 1 through 2: 1. What is the present value of the following uneven cash flow stream −$50, $100, $75, and $50 at the end of Years 0 through 3? The appropriate interest rate is 10%, compounded annually. 2. Suppose that on January 1 you deposit $100 in an account that pays a nominal (or quoted) interest rate of 11.33463%, with interest added (compounded) daily. How much will you have in your account on October 1, or 9 months later? Use the following information for Questions 3 and 4: A firm issues a 10-year, $1,000 par value bond with a 10% annual coupon and a required rate of return is 10%. 3. What is the yield to maturity on a 10-year, 9% annual coupon, $1,000 par value bond that sells for $887.00? That sells for $1,134.20? What does a bond selling at a discount or at a premium tell you about the relationship between rd and the bond’s coupon rate? 4. What are the total return, the current yield, and the capital gains yield for the discount bond in Question #3 at $887.00? At $1,134.20? (Assume the bond is held to maturity and the company does not default on the bond.) Buy now

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FIN 535 Week 4 Discussion

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From the e-Activity, determine whether stock prices are affected more by long-term or short-term performance. Provide one (1) example of the effect that supports your claim.

From the scenario, value a share of TFC’s stock using a growth model method and compare that value to the current trading price of a share of TFC. Determine whether the stock is undervalued or overvalued. Provide a rationale for your response.
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

FIN 535 Week 3 Discussion

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Time Value of Money and Bond Valuation" Please respond to the following: Examine the concept of time value of money in relation to corporate managers. Propose two (2) methods in which time value of money can help corporate managers in general. Examine the pros and cons of a sinking fund from the viewpoint of both a firm and its bondholders. Determine the fundamental manner in which this knowledge could be helpful to a financial manager. Provide a rationale for your response. Buy now

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Fin 534 Homework Set#1

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1. What is the free cash flow for 2014?
2. Suppose Congress changed the tax laws so that Berndt’s depreciation expenses doubled. No
changes in operations occurred. What would happen to reported profit and to net cash flow?
3. Calculate the 2014 current and quick ratios based on the projected balance sheet and income
statement data. What can you say about the company’s liquidity position in 2013?
4. Use the extended DuPont equation to provide a summary and overview of company’s financial
condition as projected for 2014. What are the firm’s major strengths and weaknesses? Buy now

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Monday, 12 October 2015

FIN 535 Week 2 Discussion Analysis of Financial Statements


Analysis of Financial Statements" Please respond to the following:
* From the e-Activity, determine why it is sometimes misleading to compare a company’s financial ratios with those of other firms that operate within the same industry. Support your response with one (1) example from your research. 
* From the scenario, determine two (2) strategies that TFC could utilize to reach its expansion goals. You may, for example, consider your analysis of TFC’s financial statements, as well as your knowledge of TFC’s excessive cash position. Provide a rationale for your response.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

FIN 535 Week 1 Discussion An Overview of Financial Management

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"An Overview of Financial Management" Please respond to the following:
From the e-Activity, examine ethical behavior within firms in relation to financial management. Provide two (2) examples of companies that have been guilty of ethics-based malfeasance related to financial management and determine why their comeuppance was deserved.

From the scenario, recommend two (2) actions that Trevose Fitness Center (TFC) could take in order to raise capital that will, in turn, enable it to reach its expansion goals. Defend your response. Support your recommendation with two (2) real-world examples of successful implementations of these actions.
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Friday, 25 September 2015

BUS 691 Week 6 Assignment My Personal Leadership Experience

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My Personal Leadership Experience
Introduction
Leadership is a quality that most individuals do not hold as a personality trait. It goes beyond just giving instructions to employees. A quality leader creates a partnership with a team of his employees. In a working environment, a leader’s essentials include managers and members of staff with whom they share a lesser role to their leader. A leader is expected to inspire his subordinates to embrace the beliefs and objectives of the firm. For a company to have an extraordinary management, it is the responsibility of the leader to manage his team through motivating them to use their knowledge towards the success of the company. A leader must permeate all his followers with an impulse that is directing towards achieving the goal of the enterprise (Kouzes & Posner, 2010). A business with no vision and mission will never move and respond to change appropriately. Hence, there is need to implement effective communication skills by both the leader and follower so as to paint a vision of the future of the company. This paper focuses on my personal leadership experiences in my occupational backgrounds and the impacts it would bring to my future career. Buy now

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BUS691 Ashford 5: - Week 4 - Assignment Leadership Factors

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Write a three to four page paper (not including the title and reference pages) about your leadership factors according to the Authentic Leadership Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Your paper needs to: •Explain the scores you received on the Authentic Leadership Self-Assessment Questionnaire. •Describe your perception of the accuracy of these measures. •Discuss the implications of the scores for your effectiveness as a leader. •Give specific examples to support your ideas of effective leadership.

In addition to the requirements above, your paper: •Must be double-spaced and 12 point font •Must be formatted according to APA style •Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement •Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph •Must reference at least two scholarly resources •Must include a reference page written in APA format Buy now

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BUS691 - Week 3 Assignment Path-Goal Style

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BUS691 - Week 3 Assignment

Path-Goal Style

Write a three to four page paper (not including the title and reference pages) about a contemporary leadership situation that is familiar to you. You may use the same situation from the week two assignment. Your paper needs to: •Define path-goal leadership. •Identify the path-goal leadership style used in this situation; provide the tasks, and the subordinates’ characteristics. •Support your position with specific examples. •Explain whether the action taken was appropriate and effective. •Discuss if the path-goal leadership approach would be useful in understanding the leadership applied to the situation.

In addition to the requirements above, your paper: •Must be double-spaced and 12 point font •Must be formatted according to APA style •Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement •Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph •Must reference at least two scholarly resources •Must include a reference page written in APA format Buy now

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BUS 691 Week 2 Assignment: Contemporary Leadership

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BUS: - Week 2 - Assignment
Contemporary Leadership
Write a three to four page paper (not including the title and reference pages) about a contemporary leadership situation that is familiar to you. Your paper needs to:
Identify the development level and style demonstrated in the situation. Support your position with specific examples. Explain whether the action taken was appropriate and effective. Determine and discuss if the situational leadership approach would be useful in understanding the leadership applied to the situation.
In addition to the requirements above, your paper: Must be double-spaced and 12 point font Must be formatted according to APA style Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph Must reference at least two scholarly resources Must include a reference page written in APA format
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BUS691 - Week 1 Assignment Leadership vs. Management

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Ashford 2: - Week 1 - Assignment

BUS691 - Unit1 Assignment

Leadership vs. Management

Write a three to four page paper (not including the title and references pages) that:

Defines leadership and management. Defends or criticizes the view that leadership and management are different concepts. Gives specific examples that support your position. Discusses the implications of your general leadership views. In addition to the requirements above, your paper:

Must be double-spaced and 12 point font Must be formatted according to APA style Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph Must reference at least two scholarly resources Must include a reference page written in APA format Buy now

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

BUS 518 Assignment 5: Organizational Change and Personal Leadership Development Plan

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Due Week 10 and worth 300 points Read the weekly assigned chapters and view the lectures before beginning the assignment. Read the case study titled “A Successful Downsizing: Developing a Culture of Trust and Responsibility” before starting this assignment. Write a seven to ten (7-10) page paper in which you: 1. Describe specific practices that successful project managers apply in exercising their leadership and management roles overall. 2. Evaluate Judy Stokley’s level of success in developing a culture of trust while implementing her drawdown plan as Eglin Air Base’s new Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program director. Provide three (3) specific examples to support the response. 3. Indicate three (3) key learning and behavior modification strategies that Judy Stokley used in order to address AMRAAM’s organizational problems and gain the trust of project team members. Provide three (3) specific examples to support the response. 4. Analyze three (3) actions that Judy Stokley took in order to change the project team’s culture and create a relationship of trust, mutual support, and teamwork between the government and contractors. Support the response with three (3) specific corresponding examples. 5. Create a personal leadership development plan for Judy Stokley so that she may be eligible for future promotions to leadership roles beyond program director. The plan should, at a minimum, focus on promoting key leadership behaviors, designate specific strategies to promote a higher level of performance relative to the position, and specify actions that Judy could take to promote the AMRAAM culture in her new role.

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BUS 518 Assignment 4: Building of Memory: Managing Creativity Through Action

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Due Week 8 and worth 240 points Read the weekly assigned chapters and view the lectures before beginning the assignment. Read the case study titled “Building of Memory: Managing Creativity Through Action” before starting this assignment. Review the Week 10 Individual Assignment in which you develop a Personal Leadership Plan. Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you: 1. Suggest three (3) specific change management techniques that Shimon Kornfield should have used in order to manage the morale of the team assigned to the Yad Vashem memorial site project. 2. Outline the essential steps that Shimon Kornfeld could have taken in order to ensure that all team members learned of any proposed changes. Provide the rationale and justification for each step outlined. 3. Assess the criticality of the timing of communication in the success of the Yad Vashem memorial site project. Support the response with three (3) specific examples. 4. Assume that two (2) key members of the team were replaced during the executing phase of the Yad Vashem memorial site project due to family crises. Discern actions Shimon Kornfield could take in order to establish trust and gain credibility with the remaining project participants

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BUS 518 Assignment 2: Wooden on Leadership

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Due Week 4 and worth 240 points
Read the weekly assigned chapters and view the lectures before beginning the assignment.
In the current business world, team projects are commonplace. This assignment will use John Wooden’s
Pyramid of Success, its different facets, how it relates to project management leadership, and how it is
fulfilled in different circumstances. Visit http://www.CoachJohnWooden.com to retrieve the information.
Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
1. Describe the extent to which John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success fits today’s business
environment after reflecting on your own organization or one that you have observed. Provide
three (3) examples to support the response.
2. Typify your leadership style, and provide three (3) examples of how your own temperament,
motivation pattern, thinking styles, character, expectations, and leadership philosophy relate to or
contrast themes discussed in John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.
3. Analyze John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and identify the aspects with which you agree and
disagree. Provide a rationale for each aspect.

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BUS 518 Assignment 1: A Peaceful Evacuation: Building a Multi-Project Battalion by Leading Upward

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Due Week 3 and worth 240 points
Read the weekly assigned chapters and view the lectures before beginning the assignment.
Read the case study titled “A Peaceful Evacuation: Building a Multi-Project Battalion by Leading Upward.”
before starting this assignment.
Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
1. Describe the leadership style that Lieutenant Colonel Yaron exhibited as the commander of a
battalion for the evacuation operation. Provide three (3) examples of his leadership actions and
behavior. Discuss the pros and cons in each example you describe to support the response. Buy now

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ECO 550 Assignment 3: Longterm Investment Decisions

Due Week 9 and worth 300 points
Assume that the low-calorie frozen, microwavable food company from Assignments 1 and 2 wants to expand and has to make some long-term capital budgeting decisions. The company is currently facing increases in the costs of major ingredients.
Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research government policies and regulation.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
  1. Outline a plan that managers in the low-calorie, frozen microwaveable food company could follow in anticipation of raising prices when selecting pricing strategies for making their products response to a change in price less elastic. Provide a rationale for your response.
  2. Examine the major effects that government policies have on production and employment. Predict the potential effects that government policies could have on your company.
  3. Determine whether or not government regulation to ensure fairness in the low-calorie, frozen microwavable food industry is needed. Cite the major reasons for government involvement in a market economy. Provide two (2) examples of government involvement in a similar market economy to support your response.
  4. Examine the major complexities that would arise under expansion via capital projects. Propose key actions that the company could take in order to prevent or address these complexities.
  5. Suggest the substantive manner in which the company could create a convergence between the interests of stockholders and managers. Indicate the most likely impact to profitability of such a convergence. Provide two (2) examples of instances that support your response.
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ECO 550 Assignment 2: Operations Decisions

Due Week 6 and worth 300 points

Using the regression results and the other computations from Assignment 1, determine the market structure in which the low-calorie frozen, microwavable food company operates.

Use the Internet to research two (2) of the leading competitors in the low-calorie frozen, microwavable food industry, and take note of their pricing strategies, profitability, and their relationships within the industry (worldwide).

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

Outline a plan that will assess the effectiveness of the market structure for the company’s operations. Note: In Assignment 1, the assumption was that the market structure [or selling environment] was perfectly competitive and that the equilibrium price was to be determined by setting QD equal to QS. You are now aware of recent changes in the selling environment that suggest an imperfectly competitive market where your firm now has substantial market power in setting its own “optimal” price.
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ECO 550 Assignment 1: Demand Estimation

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

Compute the elasticities for each independent variable. Note: Write down all of your calculations.
Determine the implications for each of the computed elasticities for the business in terms of short-term and long-term pricing strategies. Provide a rationale in which you cite your results.
Recommend whether you believe that this firm should or should not cut its price to increase its market share. Provide support for your recommendation.
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LEG 500 Assignment 4: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Marketing, Product Safety, and Intellectual Property

Due Week 9 and worth 300 points
You are a new associate at the law firm of Dewey, Chetum, and Howe. John, a former researcher at PharmaCARE, comes to your office. He has concerns about PharmaCARE’s use of AD23, one of the company’s top-selling diabetes drugs. Two (2) years ago, after PharmaCARE’s research indicated that AD23 might also slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, John and his team of pharmacists began reformulating the drug to maximize that effect. In order to avoid the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) scrutiny, PharmaCARE established a wholly-owned subsidiary, CompCARE, to operate as a compounding pharmacy to sell the new formulation to individuals on a prescription basis. CompCARE established itself in a suburban office park near its parent’s headquarters. To conserve money and time, CompCARE did a quick, low-cost renovation.
CompCARE benefited from PharmaCARE’s reputation, databases, networks, and sales and marketing expertise, and within six (6) months had the medical community buzzing about AD23. Demand soared, particularly among Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Affairs patients. Seeing the opportunity to realize even more profit, CompCARE began advertising AD23 directly to consumers and marketing the drug directly to hospitals, clinics, and physician offices, even though compounding pharmacies are not permitted to sell drugs in bulk for general use. To circumvent this technicality, CompCARE encouraged doctors to fax lists of fictitious patient names to CompCARE. PharmaCARE sold CompCARE to WellCo, a large drugstore chain, just weeks before AD23 was publicly linked to over 200 cardiac deaths.
As CompCARE and its new parent company enjoyed record profits and PharmaCARE’s stock price approached $300 per share, reports started surfacing that people who received AD23 seemed to be suffering heart attacks at an alarming rate. The company ignored this data and continued filling large orders and paying huge bonuses to all the executives and managers, including John, whose wife recently died from a heart attack after using AD23.
John has come to you with an internal company memo describing the potential problems with AD23, and information describing the company’s willingness “roll the dice” and continue to market the drug.
Your senior partner has asked you to write a memo outlining the following issues for review by the senior partners.
In preparation for this assignment, use the Internet or Strayer Library to research examples of intellectual property theft that occurred within the past two (2) years.
Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:
Research three to five (3-5) ethical issues relating to marketing and advertising, intellectual property, and regulation of product safety and examine whether PharmaCARE violated any of the issues in question.
Argue for or against Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) marketing by drug companies. Provide support for your response.
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LEG 500 Assignment 3: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in the Workplace and the World

harmaCARE (We CARE about YOUR health®) is one of the world’s most successful pharmaceutical companies, enjoying a reputation as a caring, ethical and well-run company that produces high-quality products that save millions of lives and enhance the quality of life for millions of others. The company offers free and discounted drugs to low-income consumers, has a foundation that sponsors healthcare educational programs and scholarships, and its CEO serves on the PhRMA board. PharmaCARE recently launched a new initiative, We CARE about YOUR world®, pledging its commitment to the environment through recycling, packaging changes and other green initiatives, despite the fact that the company’s lobbying efforts and PAC have successfully defeated environmental laws and regulations, including extension of the Superfund tax, which was created by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). 

Based in New Jersey, PharmaCARE maintains a large manufacturing facility in the African nation of Colberia, where the company has found several “healers†eager to freely share information about indigenous cures and an abundance of Colberians willing to work for $1.00 a day, harvesting plants by walking five (5) miles into and out of the jungle carrying baskets that, when full, weigh up to fifty (50) pounds. Due to the low standard of living in Colberia, much of the population lives in primitive huts with no electricity or running water. PharmaCARE’s executives, however, live in a luxury compound, complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a golf course. PharmaCARE’s extensive activities in Colberia have destroyed habitat and endangered native species. 

In preparation for this assignment, use the Internet or Strayer Library to research companies that have recently experienced negative consequences as a result of the company’s corporate activities. 

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you: 

Describe the key characteristics of a stakeholder and determine all the stakeholders within the PharmaCARE scenario. 
Analyze the human rights issues presented by PharmaCARE’s treatment of the Colberia’s indigenous population versus that of its executives. Recommend at least three (3) changes PharmaCARE can make to be more ethical going forward.
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LEG 500 Assignment 2: Employment-At-Will Doctrine

Due Week 5 and worth 150 points
Imagine you are a recently-hired Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a midsize company preparing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO). You quickly discover multiple personnel problems that require your immediate attention.
John posted a rant on his Facebook page in which he criticized the company’s most important customer.
Ellen started a blog to protest the CEO’s bonus, noting that no one below director has gotten a raise in two (2) years and portraying her bosses as “know-nothings” and “out-of-touch”
Bill has been using his company-issued BlackBerry to run his own business on the side.
After being disciplined for criticizing a customer in an email (sent from his personal email account on a company computer), Joe threatens to sue the company for invasion of privacy.
One of the department supervisors requests your approval to fire his secretary for insubordination. Since the secretary has always received glowing reviews, you call her into your office and determine that she has refused to prepare false expense reports for her boss.
Anna’s boss refused to sign her leave request for jury duty and now wants to fire her for being absent without permission.
As an astute manager, you will need to analyze the employment-at-will doctrine and determine what, if any, exceptions and liabilities exist before taking any action. As you proceed with your investigation, you discover the company has no whistleblower policy.
In preparation for this assignment, use the Internet or Strayer Library to research your state’s employment-at-will policy.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
Summarize the employment-at-will doctrine discussed in the text and then evaluate three (3) of the six (6) scenarios described by determining:
Whether you can legally fire the employee; include an assessment of any pertinent exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine.
The primary action(s) that you should take to limit liability and impact on operations; specify the ethical theory that best supports your decision.
Examine your state’s policy on employment-at-will. Analyze at least one (1) real-world example of an employee or employer utilizing your state’s employment-at-will doctrine in the last five (5) years. Include a summary of the main issue and the outcome in the identified real-world example.
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LEG 500 Assignment 1: Whistleblowing and Sarbames-Oxley Act


1. Describe the key characteristics of a whistleblower, and briefly summarize one (1) researched instance of whistleblowing in one (1) publicly traded company within the last 12 months. Include the details of the issue that the whistleblower reported and the effect of the whistleblower’s actions on both the whistleblower himself and the company.
2. Decide whether or not the whistleblower was justified in reporting the company’s actions. Provide a rationale for your response.
3. Examine the extent to which the whistleblower would be protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Justify your response.

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ACC 557 Assignment 1: You Are an Entrepreneur


Due Week 6 and worth 280 points

Student life does not generally afford a great deal of free time to pursue your personal interests; however, at one point, you may have considered turning a personal interest or hobby into an official enterprise. Today, you have finally decided to turn that hobby into a business but have realized that you need start-up capital from a lender or investor.

To obtain funding, you need to convince a lender / investor that your business is more than a hobby. You need to demonstrate that you have a firm grasp of your business, the accounting practices that impact your business, the controls needed to safeguard assets, and which accounting system will produce accurate and relevant financial information.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page business plan in which you:
  1. Describe the type of business you have created including:
    1. The product or service, and general staffing plan. Provide a rationale for your plan.
    2. The form of your business and the benefits it offers your particular business,
    3. A chart of accounts specific to your business, including a rationale as to the selection of each account. (Note: The chart of accounts is a blueprint of your business for the lender/investor. It should report the expected resources that you will consume in your business (assets), the sources of those resources (liabilities and equity), the sources of revenue, and expenditures that you expect to incur to earn those revenues. You may build a detailed chart that includes business units, divisions, product lines, etc.)
  2. Based on the form of your business, analyze whether or not you will be required to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) accounting methods and how the IFRS / GAAP convergence will impact your business. Suggest how you will incorporate any changes into your books and records. (Note: You need to demonstrate to the lender/investor that you have recognized possible changes to GAAP that may impact the accounting and reporting of your accounting events.)
  3. Prepare a pro forma balance sheet and income statement providing the assumptions made and support the valuations assigned.
  4. Considering the value of assets (assigned per your balance sheet) used within your business, recommend two (2) specific internal controls that you will implement to protect your company’s assets and resources, justifying how each will provide assurances to management. (NOTE:  Safeguarding assets and protecting personal data are paramount to ensuring the viability of a business.  Demonstrate to the lender/investor that your assets will be safeguarded and customer information (if applicable) will be protected.)
  5. Based on the internal control recommendations that you made, suggest how you will implement each within your business environment, indicating how challenges or resistances will be overcome. 
  6. Evaluate the impact of the regulatory environment, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory requirements, on your business venture, giving considering to how you intend to comply with the requirements and the general impact to decision making within your busines
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ACC 557 Assignment 2: You are an Investment Analyst

s the CFO of your corporation, you are in charge of preparing and analyzing financial statements that will be presented to potential investors and creditors. However, before you can present the financial statements to investors and creditors, you need to prepare the financial statements with supporting analysis. Select one (1) pair of the following companies to conduct your financial statement analysis.
  • Pepsi versus Coca Cola, or
  • Amazon versus eBay
Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:
  1. Analyze each company’s history, product / services, major customers, major suppliers, and leadership, and provide a synopsis of each company. Continue reading...

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

ECO 550 Week 11 Discussion 2

Week 11 Discussion 2

"Best Practices" Please respond to the following:

  • Create a list of three (3) best practices to follow in the field of managerial economics and globalization. Provide a rationale for your response.

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ECO 550 Week 11 Discussion 1

Week 11 Discussion 1

"Transfer It" Please respond to the following:

  • Propose two (2) applications of the knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position. Provide a rationale for your response. (The course is managerial economics)

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Monday, 31 August 2015

ECO 550 Week 10 Discussion 2

Week 10 Discussion 2
Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Assess both the short-term and the long-term costs and benefits of obtaining a graduate degree. Support your decision to obtain a graduate degree with a cost-benefit analysis of your particular situation.

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EC0 550 Week 10 Discussion 1

Week 10 Discussion 1
Long Term Investment
  • * From the scenario for Katrina’s Candies, suggest one (1) method in which Herb could use a cost-benefit analysis to argue for or against an expansion. Create three (3) optimal decision rules for Katrina’s Candies (e.g., whether to hire more staff or hire temporary workers to meet production schedules).

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Friday, 28 August 2015

ECO 550 Assignment 3: Longterm Investment Decisions

Due Week 9 and worth 300 points

Assume that the low-calorie frozen, microwavable food company from Assignments 1 and 2 wants to expand and has to make some long-term capital budgeting decisions. The company is currently facing increases in the costs of major ingredients.

Use the Internet and Strayer databases to research government policies and regulation.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Outline a plan that managers in the low-calorie, frozen microwaveable food company could follow in anticipation of raising prices when selecting pricing strategies for making their products response to a change in price less elastic. Provide a rationale for your response.
  2. Examine the major effects that government policies have on production and employment. Predict the potential effects that government policies could have on your company.
  3. Determine whether or not government regulation to ensure fairness in the low-calorie, frozen microwavable food industry is needed. Cite the major reasons for government involvement in a market economy. Provide two (2) examples of government involvement in a similar market economy to support your response.
  4. Examine the major complexities that would arise under expansion via capital projects. Propose key actions that the company could take in order to prevent or address these complexities.
  5. Suggest the substantive manner in which the company could create a convergence between the interests of stockholders and managers. Indicate the most likely impact to profitability of such a convergence. Provide two (2) examples of instances that support your response.
  6. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

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; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. 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 and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Propose how differences in demand and elasticity lead managers to develop various pricing strategies.
  • Analyze the economic impact of contracting, governance and organizational form within organizations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in managerial economics and globalization.
  • Write clearly and concisely about managerial economics and globalization using proper writing mechanics.

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