You are a financial advisor who regularly educates new clients about how market and economic systems work to take the mystery and fear out of investing. You have found that when clients understand how things work behind the scenes, they feel more confident in continuing to invest throughout their lives, regardless of doom and gloom that they may see or hear in the news. In this report, you are asked to address questions that your new client Jaleel ha

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BAFI1002 Final Assessment Semester 1 2022

Submission Instruction:

  • You will be given three submission points for the final submission. Submission point 1: COVERSHEET

Submission point 2: Certificate of academic integrity completion

Submission point 3: Final Assessment

PART 1: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE (3 marks)

Complete the Academic integrity micro-credential: https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/levels-of-study/short-courses/academic-integrity-awareness

You will receive a certificate when you complete the micro-credential and Submit the certificate under submission point 2.

PART 2: SCENARIO ANALYSIS (47 marks)

Please submit your final assessment under submission point 3

You are a financial advisor who regularly educates new clients about how market and economic systems work to take the mystery and fear out of investing. You have found that when clients understand how things work behind the scenes, they feel more confident in continuing to invest throughout their lives, regardless of doom and gloom that they may see or hear in the news. In this report, you are asked to address questions that your new client Jaleel has and help him to have a better understanding of financial markets.

BAFI 1002 Financial Markets, Semester 1, 2022 Page 1 of 5

  1. https://www.anz.com/documents/FXOnline/Bbills123.pdf

Use a diagram to describe the structure of a bank bill. In your explanation, clearly distinguish the roles of the parties associated with the bill issue.

(5 marks)

  1. In June 2020, Singapore Airlines Limited undertook a renounceable rights issue of new ordinary shares in the capital of the company and mandatory convertible bonds to entitled shareholders.

  • Explain renounceable rights issue of ordinary shares and discuss the

advantages and disadvantages. (2 marks)

  • Explain to Jaleel what is convertible bonds and why would Singapore Airlines undertake mandatory convertible bonds to entitled shareholders?

(2 marks)

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  1. Central Banks, Monetary Policy and Interest Rates

(TOTAL 14 MARKS)

  1. Market participants, including financial institutions, fund managers and corporations, must understand monetary policy setting impacts on economic activity and business cycle. A central bank will typically implement monetary policy settings in order to achieve certain economic outcomes over a business cycle. Choose two countries from the list below, describe the intermediate target for monetary policy, and explain the implementation process of the monetary policy in the two countries you selected. Give examples of different economic indicators that may give an insight into the future stages of a business cycle.

    • the United States

    • Australia

    • Singapore

    • China

    • Russia

    • New Zealand

(6 marks)

  1. On the 3rd May the RBA increased the official cash rate by 0.25%. The current official cash rate as determined by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is 0.35%. Explain to Jaleel What are the channels through which the cash rate influences Monetary policy and how does the monetary policy transmit to the overall economy?

(4 marks)

  1. Obtain weekly data from Refinitiv Eikon and plot the interest rates (bid and ask mid-rate) on 2-year commonwealth government bond (AU2Y-TBOND) and 10 year commonwealth government bond (au 10Y-TBOND) from January 2020. Determine the shape of the yield curve by using one of the interest rate theories you know and share your opinion on whether the Australian economy is heading for a boom or for a recession. Explain your choice.

(4 marks)

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  1. Derivative Securities

(TOTAL 8 MARKS)

  1. Jaleel knows that the primary purpose of a futures contract is the management of risk exposures. Use Qantas Airlines as an example to further explain how a futures contract achieves this risk management function.

(2 marks)

  1. Jaleel is holding some Tesla shares (NASDAQ: TSLA) and The TSLA stocks are currently trading at $985 on the Nasdaq. Given TSLA stocks are very volatile, Jaleel wishes to protect the value of his investments. He seeks your advice on using option contracts and presents a list of options for you to choose from. Assume the number of underlying shares per contract is 100 shares.

Strike

Call premium

Moneyness

Put premium

Moneyness

$975

$10.01

$0.01

$980

$4.45

$0.04

$985

$0.63

$0.99

$1005

$0.05

$20.48

  1. Please specify the moneyness of the above options. Are they in the money, at the money, or out of the money?

(3 marks)

  1. Identify what kind of risk Jaleel is facing and to hedge this risk, which option would you suggest that Jaleel should purchase? Why?

(3 marks)

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  1. Fund Management

(TOTAL 10 MARKS)

  1. Managed funds are often categorised by the type of investments purchased by the fund. These include capital stable funds, balanced growth funds and managed capital growth funds. For each of these funds, discuss the types of investments the fund might accumulate and explain the purpose of the investment strategies. If Jaleel is identified as a risk-averse investor, which type of fund would you recommend Jaleel to consider investing in?

(4 marks)

  1. The following information on the performance of three funds A, B and C in Australia. Calculate the Coefficient of variation, Sharpe and Jensen Indices of performance for these funds and interpret the results.

(4 marks)

Average

Standard

return

deviation (%)

Fund

(%)

Beta

Market

4.95

Risk-free rate

1.64

Fund A

9.50

10.75

0.873

Fund B

8.65

14.82

1.251

Fund C

5.70

12.33

1.005

  1. Obtain information on the following two funds:

Colonial First State Developing Companies Fund

Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield Fund

Compare the risks to investors presented by each of these funds and identify the types of investors that would favor these funds.

(2 marks)

(TOTAL 15+14+8+10 = 45 MARKS)

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