Due date: Wednesday 18 September 2019
ASSIGNED INVESTMENTS: Pull up the finance.yahoo.com web site on your PC. (2) Find Vanguard 500 Index Investor Fund (ticker symbol: VFINX). (3) Find the stock named Nintendo (ticker: NTDOY). Other investments may not be used for this assignment. (4) Gather the information you need from numerous different websites.
SECURITY ANALYSIS: Security analysts should do detective work to discover valuable information. For more information consult: (A) Google.com; (B) www.marketwatch.com; (C) www.morningstar.com; (D) www.valueline.com; (E) Vanguard’s web site; and, (F) Nintendo’s web site.
REQUIRED INFORMATION: Write double-spaced type-written report that has a total of four pages of your writing. Where is each corporation’s world headquarters located and where is its common stock listed? For VFINX explain the total assets under management (AUM), how many different mutual funds Vanguard manages, the goal of VFINX’s portfolio manager, annual turnover rate, the portfolio manager’s job education, the fund’s management fee, load fee, exit fee, and 12b-1 fee. What was NTDOY’s largest short-term gain during 2016-2019? Explain NTDOY’s history and forecast what you predict lies ahead for the stock. How have VINFX and NTDOY performed over the last few decades? Should you manage these investments actively or passively?
REPORT: Write a total of [(two pages for each investment) times (two investments) equals] four double-spaced typewritten pages which follow your cover page. Please do not insert any graphs in your report, you are being graded on your writing skills. No plagiarism will be tolerated. Staple your (1 + 2 + 2 =) five page document together with page numbers typed at the bottom of each page. Print your name and Prof. Francis’s name on every page in case Prof. Francis accidently drops a stack of all of papers and the pages become separated and mixed up.
GRADING: Hand in a professional (not amateurish) document typed neatly on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper portrait style. Insert a cover page in front of your report that gives your full name, your email address, your phone number, and identify the class and which Section of the class in which you are enrolled and the professor’s name. One percentage point will be deducted from your 10% maximum potential total score for each class session late. Three percentage points will be deducted if you email any part of your Term Project to Prof. Francis. Points will be deducted for spelling errors, punctuation errors, lack of headings and subheadings, lack of information sources, bad grammar, inappropriate abbreviations, crooked margins, changing fonts or font size arbitrarily, using first person pronouns (such as I, me, you, we), failure to capitalize where appropriate, creating an unattractive report, and failure to provide the requested information or adequate information. Plagiarism will be dealt with by
THREE GOALS OF THIS TERM PROJECT: (A) Writing: Learn to write a report in a professional manner. (B) Investing: Learn the difference between active and passive investment management. (C) Financial data: Become familiar with the investments software and data available on the internet.