ECO 30038 Corporate Finance : Assignment 2015

This assignment is divided into three sections. You can answer each section independently while referring to anything relevant in the other sections. Remember:

  • Each question in the assignment must be answered
  • The usual overall word limit applies
  • The usual referencing conventions apply
  • Use diagrams and equations were relevant

Assignment Question:

The assignment is in three parts:

  1. Outline and explain Portfolio Theory and Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) (40%)
  2. Discuss the importance of the assumptions of CAPM (30 %)
  3. Use Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) model and other multi factors models to critically assess CAPM (30%)

The length of the assignment is 1500 words (± 150 words).

Some key references you may use are:

Breealey, Myers and Allen (2011). Principles of Corporate Finance (10th global edition), chapter 8, Mc Graw-Hill.

Fama,E.F. and French, K.R. (1995). “Size and Book to Market Factors in Earnings and Returns”, Journal of Finance 50 (1): 131-155.

Fama, E. F. and French, K. R. (1993). “Common risk factors in the returns on stocks and bonds”. Journal of Financial Economics 33 (1): 3-56.

Fama, E. F. and French, K. R. (1992). “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns”. The Journal of Finance 47 (2): 427-465.

Markowitz, H. M. (1952). “Portfolio choice”. Journal of Finance 7: 77-91.

  • Markowitz, Harry M. (1952). Portfolio selectp(5)

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