This is a group assignment for on campus students. The group should consist of no more than 2 students.
Off campus (FLEX) students may also do this assignment in group of 2, but this is likely to be difficult. Therefore, off campus students may do this assignment individually.
If students do this assignment as a group, only one member of the group will submit the assignment online by uploading it in Moodle.
Please make sure you click on the submit button after uploading or else the submission will remain as a draft and will not be marked.
The marksheet of this assignment is your coversheet and the names of the students in the group must be clearly indicated, or if you are doing the assessment individually, your name is to be written on the marksheet.
For students doing the assignment in a group of 2, by completing the names in the marksheet, you are acknowledging that both of you have contributed almost a similar amount of time and effort. The same mark will be awarded to both. Should you believe you should get more marks than your team member, then both of you must provide a signed declaration of how the marks are to be divided.
2. Requirements for both case studies in Assessment 2
Please present the answers of both case studies in two separate reports in report format saved into one word document. No Executive Summary or Contents page is required. A short introduction and a short conclusion will be ideal. Provide (create your own) a title that indicate what you are trying to discuss for each report.
3. Assessment Questions
Please provide answers / solutions to the following two Case Studies in two separate reports:
3.1 Case Study 1: Financial markets
“Troy Dexter is an affluent venture capitalist based in Sydney. In 2009 Troy founded a hedge fund called Northwest Capital Management. A hedge fund is an investment fund whose aim is to deliver positive returns on money invested while minimising risk. A hedge fund can be thought of as a company whose main activity is to invest in a range of financial assets. Troy’s hedge fund adopts a macro investment strategy that aims to profit from significant shifts in the economy. Apart from his own money which he uses to invests in a range of financial assets, the fund is also open to investors who can participate in the fund for an annual management fee. Although hedge funds aim at reducing risk by employing different hedging techniques, there is still a certain element of risk as there are periods where the returns on investments are negative. Troy’s vision of the future is that the strong growth in Australian housing market will come to an end, economic growth will stall and the price of oil will escalate. This Troy is currently buying treasury bonds in the debt markets and energy stocks in the share market.
1. From the point of view of Northwest Capital Management, are treasury bonds and energy stocks direct or indirect securities? Explain.
2. Consider an investor who invests money in Northwest Capital Management. The money ends up being invested in treasury bonds and energy stocks.