Unit I Portfolio
Choose a company
Throughout this course, you will be “following” a Multinational Corporation (MNC) and performing a series of reports, case studies, and activities that intend for you to see how an organization operates on the international level. You may choose an MNC of your preference (to be approved by your professor) or from a list of pre-approved MNCs below:
1. American International Group
2. Capital One
4. Royal Dutch Shell
These are only but a small fraction of the number of MNCs globally. If you want to see a full list, use a search engine to find an organization of your preference.
For your first assignment, you are to choose an MNC that you want to research throughout the course and submit it for topic approval. Your topic approval should include the name of the MNC and a description of why the organization is considered an MNC, You should also choose an objective from this unit and perform a minimum 200 word analysis of how the objective applies to your chosen MNC.
Unit II Portfolio
For your second assignment, you are to perform some preliminary investigation into the MNC you chose by performing a brief survey and creating a portfolio. Start with the history of the organization and provide some brief background into how the organization entered the international stage and how globalization has played a part in the organization’s growth.
When creating the portfolio, you should provide examples of the types of transactions the MNC has made within foreign exchange markets and if there are netting arrangements the organization has made. You should also investigate the purpose of the company’s actions and what this will mean for them in short-term and long-term arrangements with other corporations. For example:
Did they have to purchase stock of a company
Will they owe significant monies due to the foreign exchange deal
Will this affect their cash flow
Will the appreciation or depreciation of exchange rates affect their transaction
These are just a few questions to get your mind jogging on this topic. Based upon your readings, you should be able to come up with some questions of your own that are more specific to the company you chose, and the types of transactions they make within the forex market. This assignment is important to understanding interactions companies make within international markets and how this affects everyone, down to the end-user. For an example of this, refer to Example 2.5 in Chapter 2 of the textbook.
Unit IV Portfolio
For this unit, you are to submit an outline draft of the presentation you will submit in Unit VIII. 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
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 three references with an annotated bibliography for each.
o For information on annotated bibliographies, please visit the Purdue OWL website:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/
Unit VIII Portfolio
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 presentation:
1. Diversification: Analyze and explain the steps taken by 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.
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