This is the group assignment 2 we have to complete based on the assignment 1. Please read through the instruction of file stage 2 financial market. There are more attachments to assist you in completing the assignment but I could not upload.
More documents such as:
Market View 1, Market View 2, Market View 3 (3 students individual assignments 1)
Primary and secondary objectives, Position summary report, transaction Log report and Portfolio summary (we have done in trading/dealing sessions)
And the file stage 2 financial market is the instructions.
Please let me know whether you understand the process as it seems a bit confusing.
Stage 2: The Forex Report
Assignment due date: Week 10 Friday before 5pm. MOVED TO MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Length (indicative): 2500 words
Feedback mode: Feedback will be provided by the dealing room tutor on canvas.
- Your student group is up to date, so that all the group members get a mark for the work that has been done.
- You make only one Report submission per group.
- You have include the turnitin report to your submission.
- Finally, you can add a cover sheet to your report.
The following structure and guidelines are provided to assist you in writing your group report.
• Executive summary or synopsis
Your report must include an executive summary.
An executive summary essentially summarises the entire report. Note that a simple Google search of “RMIT Executive Summary” yields the following result: https://emedia.rmit.edu.au/learninglab/content/beginning.
We advise you to read through this if you do not know what is expected for an executive summary. The best way to understand executive summary is the following: Your senior manager is a very busy person and will most likely not have the time to read through the report, hence an executive summary is a way to communicate the entire report as an “overall” picture. Please note that the executive summary counts towards the word count for the report.
The answer to the following questions will make a decent Introduction:
• What is the name of your organisation? ANSWERED
• Are you a bank or corporation?
• What are your objectives – both primary and secondary?
Renault, a major corporate treasury within the automotive industry was in dire needs of funds to make payment for upcoming expenditures. This was made possible through a French bank that acted as our debtor finance facility however the $720M funds provided were in EUR currency, therefore in order to make payments, we had to convert these funds into the correct currencies which essentially made up our primary objectives. We had to make 12% coupon payments within the next 2 days, for the $4.8M Yankee bonds that were issued exactly 6 months ago as well as make a lease payment in Great British Pound (GBP) to avoid foreclosure of our Renault factory located in the UK. All these payments had to be acquired as cheaply as possible. Our secondary objective involved taking a particular view on one currency pair and having to speculate the movement of it’s exchange rate over the next 6 month period.
• How do you plan to achieve your objectives at the beginning of the dealing session?
Essentially, our aim was to get through the primary objectives as effective and efficient as possible, and acquire the correct currencies as cheaply as possible. Time played a massive factor and therefore we had to make a rough time schedule as to what objective we should have completed around a certain time period.
• What factors does your particular group need to take into account in trying to achieve your objectives?
There were a number of factors that we as a group had to take into account when achieving our objectives.
• Time: We had just under than 3 hours to complete all objectives therefore having a rough time schedule on approximate objective
• Market View
You must have a market view prior to the commencement of your second trading session as you will be trading according to your view as a group during that session.
The market view and your strategy (based on that view) are critically important components of the report. You will not get a passing grade on the report without these components.
You are required to provide your Market View report as a group based on your three individual market views submitted previously. This will form part of your final report.
In your group market view, you should provide some prediction on the currency pairs you have analysed for the next three months. You will have to state whether the foreign exchange rates value will go up or down. Do not simply quote other people’s opinions. You should present your opinion, and explain in your own words why you hold that opinion in a way that shows that you understand the theories behind the determination of the exchange rates (topic 2 and 4B). You can certainly quote evidence that supports your opinion, and this evidence must be correctly referenced (do not submit copies of your collected articles with your report). For your view, you should use at least five references.
FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC DATA SHOULD BE SOURCED FROM THOMSON REUTERS EIKON.
For the final report, please review your market view presentations again and write a summary of your market view. Do ensure that you incorporate the feedback received from your trading instructors about your market views. It is critical to understand that the market views are linked to the rest of the report, therefore having subpar market views will result in the rest of the report also being subpar.
• Trading strategy
In your Dealing room sessions, you will be assigned certain objectives.
• First explain how you intend to achieve your primary objective. It is possible that you may have devised some tools or engines that helped you to get an idea of when to square for If you have, please discuss it! It is encouraged and unique strategies are rewarded if explained properly. Anything that you feel may have helped you prepare for your dealing session should be discussed here. Note that if you’re a corporation you will probably have a scenario that involves you to trade currencies that are not a part of your market view; this is expected. If you’re a bank you’ll need to devise an appropriate trading strategy as you will be most likely dealing with all 5 currencies.
• Then, look at your secondary objective and given your view about current and future market conditions (based on your market view), you should devise a strategy that you will try to implement during the This strategy will specify how you will go about achieving your secondary objectives in a way that benefits your organisation – which currencies you will buy or sell. Alternatively put, for the secondary task, you need to devise a trading strategy that directly involves what your market view was. For example, if you predict that in the next 3-6 months that the AUD will depreciate against the USD, how would you set up a trading strategy to take advantage of this depreciation? Where appropriate, you should also devise a speculation strategy which will allow you to create a portfolio of currencies which will enable your organisation to take advantage of your predicted changes in the exchange rates.
• Performance analysis
The market views and trading strategy combined were your plan “expectation” for the dealing simulation. Now, you will write about what actually happened in the dealing session. The performance analysis is about comparing the real outcomes with your initial expectations.
• Discuss what actually happened during the Were you able to use your strategy? Why or why not? Did you achieve your objectives? Why, or why not? Justify.
• Use the output from your accounts section to discuss your performances: what are your final positions, realised profit or losses, average rates, Ultimately, to what extent have you been able to complete your tasks (primary and secondary)? Report how your profit or loss was made. To clarify, your profit or loss can be made by two different ways: 1. It is made by negotiating market rates such that you buy low, sell high. 2. The profit/loss calculation in the trading system uses the mid-market rate supplied by Eikon to calculate your opening balance in the AUD, and your net closing balance in the AUD. You would be required to carefully study your trading reports in order to determine whether if the profit figure comes from (1), (2), or both. In addition to that, a good idea would be to refer (a group of) trades that could have really put your group in a good position. For example, “Trades 15-21 and 24 is where we got a really good deal and managed to raise the JPY for the lowest cost possible, therefore contributing to our minimal losses incurred”. Making specific reference to your trades is recommended.
• Do you feel that you have set up your organisation to take advantage of movements in exchange rates, if they move as you have predicted? Why or why not? (This is more important than making a profit during the ). This requires you to compare what your trading strategies were, against the movement of the spot rates during the three hour dealing session. You should justify why your trading strategies worked or failed. For example, at the end of the FX session, did you finish up being long or short of AUD, rather than maintain a square position as desired?
• Can you identify any transactions where you have bought and sold the same currency and made a profit or a loss? If you were buying a currency, how far were you off your benchmark? How the rates that obtained do compare to the rate/prices for the day?
• If you are a corporate, you are unlikely to make a profit for your primary objective over the course of the There will be profit only if you have bought and sold the same currency at favourable rates. It is important to comment on whether you have set up your organisation so that it will be able to take advantage of future movements in the rates (minimise cost).
• Looking at your trade corresponding to you secondary objective you should explain which currencies you have bought and sold expecting to make a profit in the next few month based on you market
• Justify your actions and your final positions to your Senior If you made an error during the session, explain what occurred and what you have learned from it.
• Analyse the session in terms of how you performed as a How did you divide your responsibilities? Outline what your learned from the session. How could you improve in future sessions?
The idea of the performance analysis is to fully justify your final positions to your senior manager. It is ok to make mistakes, and you will not be penalised, for example, if you don’t achieve a profit in the secondary objective. What we are looking for is for you to be able to fully justify your final positions and to explain any errors that you may have made in the dealing session, and why you made them, rather than analyse you directly on performance (profit). The only time we consider your performance in the dealing session is if we notice that you have made extremely few trades (to quantify, this would be 10 trades or less), or for determining the bonus mark that will be awarded to the best bank and corporation.
• A conclusion is A conclusion is essentially to answer the introduction. Failure to present a conclusion will result in loss of marks.
Appendices are useful to add additional things that may not be useful elsewhere.
• Your appendices should include all your dealing Label appendices clearly and refer to them in the body of the report. Ensure that you include cents in your accounts as every cent must be accounted for.
• In this report, attach your trading reports that you saved at the end of the You MUST include the reports as they are basically your proof for all positions concerned. Failure to do this will result in a major loss of marks. Note that you should not include diagrams or graphs in the appendix, these should go in the main body of your report.
• Reference List
The reference list is Failure to provide a reference list will result in loss of marks. The format of your reference list should follow the Harvard referencing style. Ensure you do your references properly.
• Report presentation and format
Formatting is important. Reports are to be well written and students are expected to follow the guidelines set out in the document entitled “Written Reports and Essays: Guidelines for Referencing and Presentation in RMIT Business”. This can be found at the web site:
http://prodmams.rmit.edu.au/s9sx559hurvc.rtf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
There is considerable information in this document and it is well worth reading. There is also material on the web site: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/bus/public/referencing/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
• The report should not exceed 2,500 words (with a 10% leeway) in This excludes the table of content and reference list. The document should be formatted following the guideline below and the RMIT presentation guidelines:
o Text should be justified
o 5 line spacing
o Character size 12 point o font, Times New Roman, o 1”margins.
• References should be presented using the Harvard (author-date) referencing A copy of the referencing and presentation guidelines is available at http://mams.rmit.edu.au/s9sx559hurvc.rtf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
• Your final report should be presented as a business report to your Senior As such, it should be clear and concise. Include all relevant information, but only relevant information.
• You are the treasury group for your You are free to make any decision that you believe will benefit your firm. However, you must be able to explain and justify your actions and convince your Senior Manager that you did a good job.
• While participating in the treasury dealing simulations you will be expected to follow appropriate trading etiquette and standards of behaviour. These will be outlined to you during the trading practice sessions. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a 1 or 2 mark penalty against your written report mark.
Executive summary or synopsis
Does this section summarise the report?
Does this state: The name of the organisation? Bank or a corporate? The objectives/tasks – both primary and secondary? How the group plan to achieve its objectives at the beginning of the dealing session?
Does this section tell us what is the group’s view regarding current and future market conditions on currencies? Discusses at least one currency pair? Is this view clearly justified using information regarding the economic factors that influence the foreign exchange rates? Contains at least five external sources (news article or outside reports)? Does this section show that the group understands the theory behind the determination of the exchange rates?
Does this section tell us how the group intends to achieve its primary objective? Its secondary objective? Is the trading strategy regarding the secondary task (speculation) based linked and in line with the market view.
Does this section discuss what actually happened during the session? Was the group able to stick to its strategy? Explain why or why not? Tells us if the group has achieved its objectives? Does this section contain? Output from your accounts section and discussion regarding the group performance: what are your final positions, realised profit or losses, average rates, etc…. Ultimately, to what extent have you been able to complete your tasks (primary and secondary)? Are both the primary and secondary task/objective been discussed. Does it tells us if the group feels that it has set up the organisation to take advantage of movements in exchange rates, if they move as you have predicted? Why or why not? Are the group actions and final positions justified to the Senior Manager. Has the group explained its mistakes and what it has learnt from these mistakes? Does the group tell us how it performed as a team? How they divided responsibilities, what they have learnt from the session, how the group could improve in future sessions?
Is there a conclusion? Does the conclusion summarize the report?
Format and other References:
Is there a reference list? Does the reference list format follows format the Harvard referencing style. Is there clear in text-citation? Format: Time new roman, 12 points, table of content,… Table and figure: Are all the tables and figure labelled, numbered and referenced? Appendices: Are all the dealing sheets and account summaries presented in the appendices? Are the appendix clearly labelled?