UK FIM – The Coursework Assignment
You must read the Financial Times every day during the week starting Monday 2 February 2015 and ending Saturday/Sunday 87-8 February 2015.
You are required to produce a short report on the developments in the UK and International Financial Market during this week from the news as reported in the Financial Times. The report should be aimed at a Finance Director of a large bank who has been unable to keep up to date with the financial news and developments during the week and needs to have a brief update. The report should avoid minor details and focus on the major news and developments and provide answers to:
1)What has happened to the main World Stock Markets during this week? Provide brief explanation of the market movements and developments in the UK, US, Europe, Japan and the emerging markets.
2)What are the main developments in the foreign exchange markets and the interest rates? Include references to the performance of the sterling and levels of interest rates at home and abroad. Discuss developments and forecasts.
3)What are the major news and developments in the banking sector? Explain how these might impact on the current conditions and affect the future expectations and forecasts.
The report should contain a very brief introduction and conclusion. You can include tables and charts, wherever needed, to illustrate your discussion and support your arguments. Avoid use of bullet points and give your report a clear and proper structure with flowing discussion and complete, coherent and well supported arguments. You should always refer your sources of information in the text as you use them and if you use extracts from your sources you should place them in speech quotes. It is important to make clear your own contribution abut always support and justify your arguments with relevant references. You can use any other source of information, which is available to free of charge for public access, such as articles from academic journals, books and web sites but you should reference them in the text as you present the information and list them all in detail in the list of references at the end. These must be referenced and listed in the bibliography on the extra page. You should work individually.
Length of the report
The total report must not exceed 4 pages of A4 word-processed document. The page limit includes all data, diagrams and any appendices. You can have an additional page for the list of references. You should use letter type Times New Roman or Calibri, font 12 and set the page margins to 1 or 2.5cm. There is no need to use heavy paper and bounding. Just staple the printout with the proper cover page from the programme office.
You must cite your sources of information and data throughout the text to back up claims and arguments. Please staple your assessment and include a front sheet including a lecturers mark sheet. Do not use any heavy paper, plastic files or special binding.
The hand-in date is Monday 27 April 2015 by 12a.m.