Finance Assignment

 Assignment Brief

Module Code and Title    FIN7C6 Quantitative Research Methods for Finance  
Assignment Number & Title      Assesment 1: Individual coursework
Assessment Type (e.g. Presentation, Essay, Report etc.)    Report
Weighting of assessment (%TMM)50%
Assessment Learning OutcomesA4:    Identify and critically analyse both quantitative and qualitative data and information related to investment and finance. B4:   Use a range of effective communication, numerical, IT and media skills to access,    interpret, manage, evaluate and present financial data and information. B5:   Enhance capability in organisational and time management skills.  
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  Submission Details  
Submission Deadline25/03/2022
Release of Feedback08/04/2022
Completing Your Assignment  
What am I required to do in this assignment?   The purpose of this coursework is to understand the features of a set of managerial, economic or financial variables and be able to find how they are linearly related by using regression methods. Use Excel or Eviews to perform calculations.   Find a relevant research question associated to the dataset.  The statistical analysis will help you to find answers to that question.  Submit a written report intended for a professional audience. Your report should contain  :   • Abstract – summarise objective, contents of the study and conclusions  • Introduction (300 words) – present a relevant financial question and its motivation/justification based on relevant references. • Litterature review (300 words) – summarise the main sources related to the research question • Methodology (500 words)- describe the methods and procedures used for this project • Data description  (600 words)- describe statistically the variables • Analysis and Findings (600 words) – analyse the covariance/correlation structure of the data set taking into account the previous data description. • Conclusions and Recommendations (200 words)  • References   Supplementary calculations and intermediate results should be supplied in appendices at the end of your report in the form of tables or graphs. Relevant and important graphs and tables should be part of the report.   There is maximum word limit of 2500 words. This is an INDIVIDUAL assignment. The assignment will be submitted as word document (.doc) on blackboard by 25th march 2022 (week 8) at 23.58. The Excel data file and excel output files related to the material presented on the assignment need to be uploaded to a specific shared folder by deadline. All the data should be organized in one Excel file named FIN5B1-StudentName-StudentNumber.      The following tasks will guide you through the econometric analysis:  Find a data set: Choose a data set with 3 variables (One different dataset per student). And organise the data in a Excel file. Describe the sample in terms of number of observations and frequency. Present the dataset using a relevant graph and explain the main features of each variable. Explain your intuition about dependent and independent variables.Data description: Discuss and describe your data as well as the reason(s) for your choice of data and using “Descriptive Statistics” for each variable (Variables X1,X2 and X3)Plot all variables and comment on graph(s).  Transform your prices/level variables into returns. (Rename the variables: x1, x2, x3)Describe statistically the transformed data set (plot it) and comment about your results.Plot each Xi (xi) variable against the Xj (xj)  variable in a scatter plot and comment about the relation between each pair of variables based on a covariances and correlation analysis. Regression analysis:Then regress the dependent variable against the set of independent variables with a multiple regression model or a set of simple regressions. Explain and interpret the results.Analyse the results of the regression in terms of coefficients and associated t-statistics, R squared (adjusted) and F-statistic.Perform a residual analysis – explain and interpret the resultsPerform a robustness analysis – explain and interpret the resultsChoose one of the estimators to build a relevant forecast  – explain and interpret the resultsConclusions: Using the main results of your analysis, conclude about all these results trying to find ideas or models that could be used to improve the analysis.  
 
Is there a size limit?   maximum word limit of 2500 words (without abstract and references – +/-10% is tolerated)
 
What do I need to do to pass? Threshold criteria i.e. achievement of the learning outcome at the pass/fail boundary   Each part of the research report meets the requirements as described in the marking criteria table (scale 3):   Provide an adequate description of the research question and its motivation. Analyse some references and related them to the question. Demonstrate some knowledge of the methods applied. Give an adequate description of the practical procedure or the plan for the work.Give an adequate presentation of the data set with some statistics graphs or tables.Apply the methods and an interpret the results. Provide a minimum set of conclusions with some responses to the question.Respect part of the deadlines and part of the instructions.  
 
How do I produce high quality work that merits a 70% or above grade?   Each part of the research report meets the requirements as described in the marking criteria table (scale 6): Excellent description of the topic and motivation. Many references properly analysed and clearly related to the question.Excellent knowledge of the methods. High standard description of the practical procedure and the plan for the work.  Very clear presentation of the data set with main statistics graphs or tables correctly explained.Excellent application of the methods and interpretation of results.Conclusions clearly presented with many responses to the question.The student has regularly submitted hightly complete steps of the coursework.  Most of the deadlines and instructions have been respected.    
 
How does assignment relate to what we are doing in the scheduled sessions?   Part of the sessions are dedicated to help the students master the basic tools to collect and analyse data.    
 
How will I receive formative feedback for this assignment?   There will be an opportunity to submit the outcome of the econometric analysis (steps 1 and 2) on week 6 (11th of March 2022). A general feedback will be provided on week 7 during and a written/oral personalized feedback will be given individually on week 7-8.

  Marks and Feedback  
How will my assignment be marked?
  Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations above and the marking criteria below. You can use them to evaluate your own work and estimate your grade before you submit.   Marking Criteria Table   Postgraduate Programmes     Grade Marking Criteria and Weighting Introduction Conclusion Presentation (25%) Literature Review (10%) Methodology  (15%) Data Description (25%) Analysis and findings  (25%) 90-100   Common Assessment Scale 8 Convincing and exceptionnaly clear description of the topic and motivation. Conclusions skilfully presented with overall response to the question. Critically reviewed references clearly articulated to the research question. Exceptionally good knowledge of the methods. In depth description of the practical procedure and the plan for the work. Exceptionally clear presentation of the data set with relevant statistics, graphs and tables perfectly explained. Exceptionnaly good application of the methods and precise interpretation of results. 80-89   Common Assessment Scale 7 Excellent description of the topic and motivation. Conclusions clearly presented with overall response to the question. Many references clearly articulated to the research question with some critical comments. Outsanding knowledge of the methods. In depth description of the practical procedure and the plan for the work. Outstanding presentation of the data set with main statistics graphs or tables correctly explained. Outstanding  application of the methods and interpretation of results.   70-79   Common Assessment Scale 6 Excellent description of the topic and motivation. Conclusions clearly presented with many responses to the question. Many references properly analysed and clearly related to the question. Excellent knowledge of the methods. High standard escription of the practical procedure and the plan for the work.   Very clear presentation of the data set with main statistics graphs or tables correctly explained. Excellent application of the methods and interpretation of results.   60-69   Common Assessment Scale 5 Very good description of the topic and motivation. Very good conclusions presented with many responses to the question. A good amount of references properly analysed and related to the question. Good knowledge of the methods. Very good description of the practical procedure and the plan for the work.   Clear presentation of the data set with main statistics graphs or tables correctly explained. Very good application of the methods and interpretation of results.   55-59   Common Assessment Scale 4 Apropriate description of the topic and motivation. Good conclusions presented with some responses to the question. Some references partially analysed and related to the question. Some knowledge of the methods. Good description of the practical procedure or the plan for the work.   Apropriate presentation of the data set with some statistics graphs or tables. Appropriate application of the methods and interpretation of results.   50-54   Common Assessment Scale 3 Adequate description of the topic and motivation. Minimum conclusions presented with some responses to the question. Some references partially analysed and barely related to the question. Some knowledge of the methods. Barely adequate description of the practical procedure or the plan for the work.   Barely adequate presentation of the data set with some statistics graphs or tables. Mediocre application of the methods and interpretation of results.   36-49   Common Assessment Scale 2 Poor description of the topic and motivation. Few conclusions and responses to the question. Few references not properly analysed and related to the question. Poor knowledge of the methods. Missing description of the practical procedure or the plan for the work.   Poor presentation of the data set with few statistics, graphs or tables. Poor analysis of the results.   21-35   Common Assessment Scale 1 Very poor description of the topic. Very poor Conclusions. Very poor references. Very poor methodology Very poor presentation of the dataset Very poor analysis   0-20   Common Assessment Scale 0 Missing introduction or conclusion No references Missing methodology No dataset No analysis

Regent’s University Generic Descriptors

BandConversion scale for UG ProgrammesConversion scale for PG ProgrammesGeneric descriptors
890 – 10090 – 100All learning outcomes and task specifications have been achieved to an exceptionally high standard (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment task is presentable in a professional context and may extend practical or theoretical knowledge in the field. It displays an exceptionally high level of understanding, evaluation, insight, analysis, reflection and/or criticality (according to the level of study), and connections are developed both within and beyond the task set.   The work’s organisation, structure and presentation are developed to an exceptionally high standard.
780 – 8980 – 89All learning outcomes and task specifications have been achieved to an outstanding standard (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment demonstrates an outstanding display of understanding, exploration, evaluation, insight, analysis, reflection, criticality and/or research (according to the level of study). Connections are developed both within and beyond the task set.   The work’s organisation, structure and presentation are developed to an outstanding standard.
670 – 7970 – 79All learning outcomes and task specifications have been achieved to high standard (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment demonstrates an excellent display of understanding, exploration, evaluation, insight analysis, reflection, criticality and/or research (according to the level of study), and connections are developed both within and beyond the task set.   The work’s organisation, structure and presentation may be developed to an excellent standard.
560 – 6960 – 69All learning outcomes have been achieved at a good and some to a very good standard (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment demonstrates a very good level of understanding, exploration, evaluation, analysis, reflection, criticality, some insight and/or very good research (according to the level of study), and connections are established within the task set, and in some cases reaching beyond.   The work’s organisation, structure and presentation may be developed to a very good standard.
450 – 5955 – 59Most learning outcomes have been met at a good standard (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment demonstrates a good understanding, exploration, evaluation, analysis, and some reflection, criticality and/or appropriate research. (According to the level of study)   The work’s organisation, structure and presentation may be appropriately developed.
340 – 4950 – 54All learning outcomes have been met to a minimum satisfactory standard (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment shows an adequate understanding, of major ideas, with little insight and basic research. Limited level of analysis, reflection and/or criticality (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the task shows ability to paraphrase concepts and theories, with limited ability to make connections.   The work may be disorganised, and the structure and presentation may be barely adequate.
230 – 3936 – 49Most learning outcomes have almost been met, whilst the rest have not (according to the level of study).   The outcome of the assessment shows a limited understanding of major ideas, with little insight, very basic research, and very limited ability to make connections. No analysis, reflection and/or criticality (according to the level of study)   The work may be disorganised, and the structure and presentation may be barely adequate.
111 – 2921 – 35The majority of the learning outcomes have not been met (according to the Level). The outcome of the assessment task is incomplete, flawed, very limited and/or presents significant inaccuracies.   The outcome of the assessment shows very limited understanding with no insight, and very limited ability to make connections within basic ideas in the field, very fragmented. Lacks research. No analysis, reflection or criticality (according to the level of study)   The work is disorganised, and unstructured. Presentation is barely adequate.
00 – 100 – 20None of the learning outcomes have been met. The task has not been addressed by the student, or there is no assessable task.   The outcome of the assessment shows no understanding of basic ideas, with no insight and shows no ability to make connections within basic ideas in the field, or the connections are completely irrelevant. Lacks research. No understanding, analysis, reflection nor criticality.   The work completely lacks organisation and structure. Presentation is completely inadequate.

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