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You just inherited $100,000 (tax free) from your long lost uncle Jedediah, who found a lost gold mine in the Aquarius Mountains of Arizona. [Some people have all the luck!] You have decided to invest your inheritance for retirement. So, your assignment is to create a retirement investment portfolio with this $100,000. Your portfolio could consist of 3 stocks, 3 mutual funds including at least one stock fund and one bond fund, and 2 ETFs.  You can save any leftover funds, but state where you would save them: short-term Treasury debt (bills and notes)? A CD? A Savings Account? A Money Market Account or Fund? These leftover funds cannot be more than 5% ($5,000) of your total amount inherited. You must explain the tax consequences of each investment selected and how any taxes will affect the projected gain or income for you.

 

  1. Briefly discuss your personal situation: family status, years until retirement. Provide a vision of what retirement looks like for you (and significant other if appropriate). How many years will you be in retirement? You can go to http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/perl/CalcForm.html and http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/population/longevity.html to determine your life expectancy (it would be better to go to both).

 

  1. Determine and discuss your risk tolerance. Are you a conservative, moderate or aggressive investor? How did you arrive at your risk tolerance? A good site from which to measure your risk tolerance is: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/money/riskquiz/.

 

  1. Select and research the investments required in your portfolio. Discuss why these are appropriate investments for your risk tolerance and retirement plan. Discuss the investment objective of the mutual funds you have chosen and the type you selected with regard to risk and market volatility. Do not cut and paste investment information in this paper. You must explain the tax consequences of each investment selected and how any taxes will affect the projected gain or income for you.  You should analyze and synthesize the investment information into a personalized investment plan. Be thorough with the performance data.

 

Why did you select the investments? How do they meet your needs? Did you buy or refrain from buying any securities because of your personal beliefs (socially conscious investing)? How have they performed – both recently and over the years? What are their current yields? What are the yields over a longer term? What expenses are associated with the instruments – i.e. expense ratios for the mutual funds? How do they compare to other similar investments? How much did you invest in each investment? How many shares where you able to buy? Do not discuss the generalities of investing: this paper is about YOU, your investment goals, and investment strategies.  Be very detailed in your paper.

 

  1. Determine the ending portfolio value at retirement. Discuss your assumptions on arriving at this number. Use time value of money calculations to estimate your ending balance at retirement.

 

  1. Create a one-page only Investment Summary Table (schedule) of your investments showing each security type, ticker symbol (the abbreviated letter designation for the security), name of the security, investment objective for mutual funds, risk factor, rate of return, cost, and projected balance at retirement. Sum up all the future balances to show your projected total investment balance at retirement.

 

  1. As an exercise to better understand bonds and bond mutual funds, pick one bond (not a bond mutual fund). This bond will not be part of your $100,000 investment portfolio. Indicate the type of bond, name of the bond, maturity date, coupon, risk factor, and cost. What is the bond’s current yield? Projected rate of return?

 

  1. Paper Requirements: Submit a 7-page (minimum) narrative paper discussing the portfolio you have created. Charts and graphs are extra pages and do not count in the 7 pages of narrative. Charts/graphs should be referenced in the paper. Internet printouts and other copies do not count at all toward paper length, but may be submitted as supporting documents.

 

  1. Works Cited are required for all your research sources.

Remember, you have $100,000 to invest. NO MORE AND NO LESS! This is “real life”. You cannot buy partial shares of stock. You can buy partial shares of mutual funds. Give me the real numbers.

 

Late Assignments: Please refer to the course syllabus for the late assignment policy and penalties.

 

Investment Project Grading Rubric – This project is weighted at 30% of your final grade for the Investment class in this cluster.

 

Paper Requirements:
Timely Submission: refer to syllabus for late submission penalties
Length: 7 pages – 3 percentage point deduction for each page short
Grammar and Punctuation: percentage point deductions for typos, grammar and structure errors.
Objective Excellent(A) Good(B) Average(C) Needs Work(D)
Introduction

10%

All required information provided with rationale for a retirement plan. Most required information provided with some rationale for a retirement plan. Some information provided with some discussion for a retirement plan. Not all information provided and vague retirement information provided.
Risk Tolerance

10%

Appropriate discussion of how risk tolerance was determined and implications on investment decisions. Appropriate discussion of how risk tolerance was determined with some implications on investment decisions. Appropriate discussion of how risk tolerance was determined and minimal discussion on implications on investment decisions. Risk tolerance discussion not included.
Investment choices detailed

30%

At least 8 securities were selected, details with performance, cost and risk data. At least 8 securities were selected, with some details with performance, cost and risk data. Some securities were selected, with little detailed performance, cost and risk data. Some securities were selected, no details about performance, cost and risk data.
Appropriateness and rationale for investment choices

20%

All securities were thoroughly discussed as to why they were selected and appropriate for investing for retirement. All securities were basically discussed as to why they were selected and appropriate for investing for retirement. Some securities were discussed as to why they were selected and appropriate for investing for retirement. Poor discussion as to the rationale for choosing securities.
Investment Summary

20%

 

Thoroughly completed with projected ending balance. Mostly completed with projected ending balance. Investments are listed leaving out much detail and performance information. Not included.
Works Cited

10%

All references identified and appropriately cited using the MLA format. All references identified and appropriately cited mostly using the MLA format. Some references identified and not appropriately cited using the MLA format. Not all references identified and not using the MLA format.

 

 

 

  • Number of pages: 7 pages/double spaced (1925 words)
  • Number of source/references: 1

 

 

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