1. Portfolio Part I
For this unit, you are to submit an outline draft of the presentation you will submit the Part II of your portfolio. The draft should contain brief introductions to the following areas:
4. Exchange rates
5. Currency forecast
You will be discussing the organization’s involvement in these areas in detail within Unit VIII; however, for purposes of this
draft you are to submit the following items:
A brief description of each term.
A general description on how these affect an organization.
How you think the organization you chose weighs in on these topics
o For this portion, you should use the information you have on your organization to estimate or forecast
what you believe the appropriate actions should be in these areas.
At least 3 references with an annotated bibliography for each.
o For information on annotated bibliographies, please visit the Purdue OWL website:
Your draft should utilize APA style writing. Minimum 1 page.
2. Portfolio Part II (PowerPoint Presentation)
For your final submission, you are to create a presentation on the Multinational Corporation you have been following
throughout this course. Your Unit VIII Portfolio submission should contain the following criteria:
4. Exchange Rates
5. Currency Forecast
This criteria then needs to be broken up into the following sub-components, for which you are to develop your
1. Diversification: Analyze and explain the steps the organization to diversify their assets and integrate themselves into the growing global economy.
2. Investment: Determine how the organization borrowed and financed debt and equity within foreign and domestic markets. Discuss the impact upon their overall investments.
3. Management: Examine how the organization managed their assets and liabilities and how this affected their profitability and growth.
4. Exchange Rates: Evaluate the effect of real exchange rates and the risk thereof, on the profitability of the organization, including the use of purchasing power parity.
5. Currency Forecast: Discuss the effects of foreign currency swaps upon the organization and how this influenced their business decision making.
You should create a PowerPoint Presentation on the Multinational Corporation you chose within the first couple units. The
presentation should be a minimum of 25 slides and contain all the necessary information. Any charts, graphs, or pictures
should be appropriately cited using APA style writing.
3. Case Study
Flame Fixtures, Inc., is a small U.S. business in Arizona that produces and sells lamp fixtures. Its costs and revenues have been very stable over time. Its profits have been adequate, but Flame has been searching for a means of increasing profits in the future.
It has recently been negotiating with a Mexican firm called Corón Company, from which it will purchase some of the necessary parts. Every three months, Corón Company will send a specified number of parts with the bill invoiced in Mexican pesos. By having the parts produced by Corón, Flame expects to save about 20 percent on production costs. Corón is only willing to work out a deal if it is assured that it will receive a minimum specified amount of orders every 3 months over the next 10 years, for a minimum specified amount. Flame will be required to use its assets to serve as collateral in case it does not fulfill its obligation. The price of the parts will change over time in response to the costs of production. Flame recognizes that the cost to Corón will increase substantially over time as a result of the very high inflation rate in Mexico. Therefore, the price charged in pesos likely will rise substantially every three months. However, Flame feels that, because of the concept of purchasing power parity (PPP), its dollar payments to Corón will be very stable.
According to PPP, if Mexican inflation is much higher than U.S. inflation, the peso will weaken against the dollar by that difference. Since Flame does not have much liquidity, it could experience a severe cash shortage if its expenses are much higher than anticipated. The demand for Flame’s product has been very stable and is expected to continue that way. Since the U.S. inflation rate is expected to be very low, Flame likely will continue pricing its lamps at today’s prices (in dollars). It believes that by saving 20 percent on production costs it will substantially increase its profits. It is about ready to sign a contract with Corón Company.
Guidelines for Case Study: For this assignment you are to evaluate the mini case study. The central issue in your analysis should be to describe what the case tells us about the theory and practice of International Finance Management. In analyzing the case, you should draw upon class readings, internet resources as well as personal experiences that may be relevant. Some general questions that you may want to consider include the following:
What are the issues?
Who are the actors?
What are the organizational forces?
What are the external forces?
What theoretical perspectives or models help you understand what happened in the case? How?
What does the case tell us about: The environment within which International Finance occurs? The nature of the International Finance Management system and the policy making process? The decision making process?
Leadership and management? Administrative ethics?
What recommendations would I make?
How would I propose to do things differently?
You should compose a minimum 2 page response with appropriate APA citations after you have thoroughly analyzed the Case Study.
4. Article Critique
For this assignment, choose a peer-reviewed article to critique related to International Debt Financing or a sub-topic related to this unit. Use the databases within the CSU Online Library, or use another source that contains peer-reviewed articles. The purpose of this assignment is for you to practice reviewing articles that contribute to the industry. The authors of these articles are researchers and professionals who have shared or experimented with ideas that demonstrate potential to improve the industry. As a professional in the industry, it is in your best interest to review the literature and trends. This provides you with the opportunity to read about what was successful and how it was accomplished. Plus, it allows you to analyze what was unsuccessful, how you can improve it, or at least how you can avoid repeating the mistakes of others. Use these skills to contribute to Research Papers and other scholarly writings. If you have not already, hopefully, you will contribute to the industry by publishing an article and sharing with your community of peers.
As you read the article you choose for this assignment, consider the following questions: How could the topic of this article apply to your personal or professional life? How could it apply to an organization you have observed?
The article you choose must meet the following requirements:
Be peer reviewed
Relate to the concepts within this course
Be at least ten pages in length
The writing you submit must meet the following requirements:
Be at least two pages
Identify the main topic/question
Identify the author’s intended audience
Critique the article and share your thoughts—what appears to be valid and invalid?
Do you agree with the author’s assertions? Why, or why not?
Format your Article Critique using APA style. Use your own words, and include citations and references as needed to avoid plagiarism.