Literature Essay

Instructions:  Your second essay is due at the end of week five.  Write a three to four page essay on ONE of the below topics. This assignment must include quotations from the assigned readings or films to support your ideas. In addition, you must use TWO outside, scholarly sources in this essay. Please also use in-text citations and complete a works cited page, according to MLA guidelines.

Option One: Use a new historicist approach to examine the readings from Asia, Africa, OR Russia.  In this essay, describe ways in which your chosen location’s literature from the modern era reflected its history and philosophical ideas. You must focus on at least one of the written works assigned during weeks three through five.  You may also discuss the assigned films, but that is not required.

Option Two: Use a sociological approach to compare Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart with Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. How do Achebe and Conrad portray Africans in their stories? Compare Achebe’s portrayal of colonialism to Conrad’s. What can the audience learn about the affects of colonialism from this sort of comparison?

Option Three: Choose the film version of The Joy Luck Club OR Anna Karenina and compare the film to the original text.  Discuss the decisions that the director made when creating these films. Does the director do the original work justice? Answering this question may entail a bit more reading of the original work than the selections from the texts loaded in the classroom.

Please remember the following:

  1. Avoid any and all summary sites within your essay.  This includes Sparknotes, Shmoop, Cliff’s Notes, and Wikipedia.
  2. Use MLA format and citations in this essay. Also, please write this essay using third person.
  3. You may not use any wording from previous essays or forums.
  4. Note that the works cited page and headings are not included in the page count. Please use one-inch margins, do not add extra spaces between paragraphs, and use 12 font Times New Roman.
  5. Scholarly sources generally come from academic journals and have been examined by experts in the field for accuracy.  Generally, you will find these in the APUS databases.
  6. Make sure your essay has a clear introduction and thesis statement (topic plus point about that topic) at the bottom of your introduction.  The thesis should be based on the readings in this course.
  7. Make sure your body paragraphs are focused on proving your thesis statement. Do not summarize the readings.
  8. Be sure that your thesis expresses an analytical thought and is not just a statement of simple fact or plot summary.
  9. Make sure to have a conclusion that does not bring in new information.

Planning M&A Activity Essay

Details:

Read the assigned article “What Should You Expect From a Merger Advisor?”

In a 750-1,000-word essay compare and contrast advisor characteristics important to a firm that is seeking a target to acquire versus advisor characteristics important to a firm that is an acquisition target. Present specific details from the reading and critically elaborate and defend your points using personal experience.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

insurance

1500 words

Bob and Barbara Parker are in their 30s and have been married for 7 years. They have 2 children. They own 2 cars and a home valued at $500,000. Bob owns 50% of a garage door installation company valued at $2,000,000. The business provides the Parkers with a gross annual income of $150,000 per year. The Parkers have $300,000 in their retirement account and $100,000 in their personal checking account. Bob’s partner, Rick Wilson, owns the other 50% of the business. Bob has a $250,000 term life insurance policy but no other insurance coverage.

Part 1 (Week 4)

  • What should the Parkers consider when deciding what insurance coverage they need?
  • Do they have sufficient insurance coverage? If not, what type of insurance coverage do you recommend for them?
  • How can they keep their insurance costs down?

Part 2 (Week 4)

Complete a chart with recommended coverage and amounts of coverage.

Part 3 (Week 5)

  • Discuss taxation of life insurance proceeds and disability insurance payments.
  • Assume that Bob’s 50% partner in the business is his old college friend Rick Wilson.
  • Rick’s wife, Delores, has no interest in running the business. Do the Parkers need a buy-sell agreement? Describe the types of buy-sell agreements.

research study

Submit your Assignment as a Word Document or PDF, along with proper APA citations for your sources 

The assignment must be THREE COMPLETE PAGES long, times new roman font ( size 12) and  double spaced. Please note the reference page is not part of the three pages.

Based on the information provided in the mainstream media report and the original research study, please answer the questions below:

1. The research question(s) and hypotheses

2. The independent and dependent variable(s).

3. Describe the overall design of the study (sample size, methodology, etc).

4. Summarize and evaluate the conclusion of the study author(s).

5. Identify any pertinent information regarding the actual study that was excluded from the mainstream media report

 

Time Value of Money Problem

You would like to buy a new car in five years for cash. The price of the car today is $56,000 and you expect that the price will increase by 6% per year. You plan to save for this car starting today with a deposit in your savings account, which currently has a balance of $1,800 and earns 4% compounded annually.

You know that you will be receiving an inheritance of $3,500 three years from today, which you will deposit in your savings account for the car. If you make a deposit every month for the next five years beginning one month from today, how much will the deposit have to be in order for you to be able to pay cash for the car?

Required:

Complete the assignment using the formulas embedded in Excel and/or a financial calculator. Include an Excel document that shows your calculations.

Coogly Company

Coogly Company is attempting to identify its weighted average cost of capital for the coming year and has hired you to answer some questions they have about the process. They have asked you to present this information in a PowerPoint presentation to the company’s management team.  The company would like for you to keep your presentation to approximately 10 slides and use the notes section in PowerPoint to clarify your point. Your presentation should address the following questions and offer a final recommendation to Coogly. Make sure you support your answers and clearly explain the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing the weighted average cost of capital methodology. Include at least one graph or chart in your presentation.

 

Company Information

 

The capital structure for the firm will be maintained and is now 10% preferred stock, 30% debt, and 60% new common stock.  No retained earnings are available.   The marginal tax rate for the firm is 40%.

 

  1. Coogly has outstanding preferred stock That pays a dividend of $4 per share and sells for $82 per share, with a floatation cost of $6 per share. What is the component cost for Coogly’s preferred stock? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using preferred stock in the capital structure?
  2. If the company issues new common stock, it will sell for $50 per share with a floatation cost of $9 per share. The last dividend paid was $3.80 and this dividend is expected to grow at a rate of 7% for the foreseeable future. What is the cost of new equity to the firm? What are the advantages and disadvantages of issuing new equity in the capital structure?
  3. The company will use new bonds for any capital project, according to the capital structure. These bonds will have a market and par value of $1000, with a coupon rate of 6% and a floatation cost of 7%. The bonds will mature in 20 years and no other debt will be used for any new investments. What is the cost of new debt? What are the advantages and disadvantages of issuing new debt in the capital structure?
  4. Given the component costs identified above and the capital structure for the firm, what is the weighted average cost of capital for Coogly? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this method in the capital budgeting process?

Careers in Finance

Finance is an exciting field in need of intelligent, skilled people. The job opportunities range from corporate finance; financial planning; investment banking; insurance; and real estate from individuals, institutions, government, and businesses. Finance managers acquire, spend, and manage money and other financial assets.

Use the Internet and / or Strayer Resource Center to research career options within the field of finance. Consider the Bureau of Labor Statistics Website, and the Websites of finance professional associations such as the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP), The National Association for Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), and Financial Management Association International (FMA).

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

 

  1. Describe two (2) financial career options that an individual with a finance education might pursue and explain the value that such a position adds to a company.
  2. Explain the essential skills that would make a person successful in each of the described positions.
  3. Recommend one (1) of the career options. Identify the most attractive features of the position.
  4. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.

 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

 

  • Describe the forms of business organizations and the role of financial managers within an organization.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in finance.
  • Write clearly and concisely about finance using proper writing mechanics.

 

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills. Click here to view the grading rubric.