Byrd, J., Hickman, K., & McPherson, M. (2013). Managerial finance [Electronic version]. Retrieved from Media Group. (Producer). (2011). Microeconomics: Understanding the market system (Links to an external site.) [Video File]. Retrieved from…INTELECOM. (Producer). Management of Working Capital Case Study: “George’s Trains”. [Video File]. Retrieved from the Intelecom Video Library.Week 1
Films Media Group. (Producer). (2011). Microeconomics: Understanding the market
system (Links to an external site.) [Video File]. Retrieved from
Given the market structures as described in the video, identify at least two articles from
the ProQuest database that highlight and discuss two of the biggest challenges facing
financial managers today in these varied market structures. In a three- to five-page
paper (excluding title and reference pages), summarize your findings from the articles.
Include how market liquidity, competitiveness, and efficiency impact financial
managers. The paper should be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the
Ashford Writing Center. Be sure to properly cite your two required articles resources
using APA style.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be
used to evaluate your assignment.
Return on Investment – Education Funding
Develop a three- to five-page analysis (excluding the title and reference
pages) on the projected return on investment for your college education
and projected future employment. This analysis will consist of two parts.
Part 1: Describe how and why you made the decision to pursue an MBA. In
the description, include calculations of expenses and opportunity costs
related to that decision.
Part 2: Analyze your desired occupation. Determine how much
compensation (return) you expect to earn and how long will it take to pay
back the return on this investment. Use the financial formulas, Net Present
Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and Payback, provided in
Chapter 6 of your text.
If you do not have any educational costs due to employee reimbursements
or scholarships, you should estimate the cost of your education for your
The analysis should be comprehensive and reference specific examples
from a minimum of two scholarly sources, in addition to your text. The
paper must be formatted according to APA.
Week 3
Management of Working Capital Case Study:
“George’s Trains”
INTELECOM. (Producer). Management of Working Capital Case Study: “George’s Trains”.
[Video File]. Retrieved from the Intelecom Video Library.
George has taken a conservative approach expanding the model train business he runs
with his son. George decided to find a location.
He found a shop. George has little to no entrepreneurial experience and no capital to
invest in the business. But he did have a good relationship with his bank. The bank
gave him the loan and he purchased the business and buy additional inventory.
But then George learned that he’s also have to make an immediate capital investment.
It was heavily dependent on sales of classical Lionel trains. The demand for the Lionel
dropped, George had to make a decision .
He manages his cash flow by anticipating increased demand and ordering inventory. He
get a printout of what we did last year, so we order the same or, if the business looks
like it’s going to be busier.
It appears that George is running a profitable business. George is aware you are in an
MBA Managerial Finance class and comes to you for advice on his working capital
practices. More specifically George asks you to do the following:

Describe his working capital practices, including his methods of capital budgeting analysis
Analyze the potential pitfalls in his capital budgeting practices that George should be aware
Develop a simple statement of cash flows for George’s Trains using any information
gleaned from the video. What areas of improvement do you recommend? Provide at least
three references from the Ashford University Library or other scholarly sources to support
your recommendations.
In a three- to five-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), respond to
George’s request for advice in detail. The paper should be properly formatted in
alignment with APA 6th edition formatting.
Week 4

This video introduces the concept of business risk and risk management. It notes
that business risks can generally be classified into two categories: internal
(Controllable) and external (Not controllable).
Using both categories of risk, develop an analysis of how financial management
techniques or policies can be used to mitigate each of the risks. To supplement
your risk analysis, you must use at least one article for each of your risk
mitigation techniques or policies from the Ashford University Library database.
Summarize your findings in a three- to five-page paper (excluding the title and
reference pages) that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the
Ashford Writing Center. Be sure to properly cite at least four scholarly sources
using APA style.
Week 5
Comparing Capital Expenditures
Select a company and access the last three years’ annual reports. Next, select a
company that is a direct competitor and download the previous three years’ annual
Research Tip: The “Mergent” database in the Ashford Library contains company
profiles and financial information for publicly traded companies and their
competitors. To access this database enter the Ashford Library and select “Find
Articles and More” in the top menu panel. Next, select “Databases A-Z” and go to
section “M” for “Mergent”. For help with using Mergent use Mergent Online Quick Tips
Tip: For help with reading an annual report access this handy guide from Money
Chimp (Links to an external
site.) (
Using the annual reports of both companies, complete the following in a three- to fivepage paper, excluding title and reference page(s):
For each company, report the amount of capital spending for the past three years.
Quantitatively determine whether the amount of capital spending has been consistent or
if it has fluctuated. Be sure to provide the calculations used to determine your answer.
Describe the capital expenditures of each firm and the factors that impacted the
companies’ debt capacities and capital structures.
Next, compare the level of capital spending across the two firms. Point out how the
spending was similar and/or different and speculate why the similarities or differences
might exist. You must use at least three scholarly sources in addition to the text.
Support your comparison with evidence from the text, external sources, and
articles/reports from the Mergent database in the Ashford University Library.
Format the paper according to the APA 6th edition style guide as outlined in the Ashford
Writing Center (Links to an external site.). Be sure to properly cite your resources using
APA style.

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