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invest funds in 8 assets consisting of 4 US equities and 4 foreign currencies with USD as the home currency.

JP Morgan Asset Management

You are a Hedge Fund Manager for JP Morgan Asset Management. You are in charge of a $3M fund pool. Your clients have instructed you to invest the fund in US assets predominantly in equities and foreign currencies with USD as the home currency. You decide to create a hedge fund portfolio of 8 assets consisting of 4 US equities and 4 foreign currencies with USD as the home currency. Use the Bloomberg terminal to select and gather data for these assets. The following conditions apply:

Your clients indicated that you are to invest the $3M in these assets. You do not have to use all 8 assets in the pool; however, your pool should consist of a combination of equity and f/x assets (and demonstrate your analysis in these 8 assets even if you do not use all of them at the end). You should aim to use most, if not, all of the $3M in the investment pool.
You should describe the risk attitude of your clients (loving, neutral or averse). In any case, your clients intend to maximise returns for any level of a given risk.
As a hedge fund manager, you are allowed to have a long and a short positions in these assets. For example, if you employ both a long and a short positions, then it is possible for your long position to go over $3M for as long as the total long and short positions is $3M.
Your clients also require you to provide rationale for the assets chosen in the investment. For instance, if you decide to invest in TSLA stock, the rationale behind this decision (e.g. transparency, liquidity, growth, returns, etc.). You can also add Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as income statement, balance sheet, financial ratios, segment data, credit rating, earnings estimate, relative performance, share price performance, etc.) to your analysis.
In terms of historical trade data, you should use and/or analyse minimum of 5 years worth of data at a monthly frequency. Please include COVID-19 periods in your data selection and analysis.

Required

JP Morgan Asset Management department has asked you to write a report outlining your recommendation as to which assets your clients should invest in. When compiling this report, your clients expect to see tables outlining the respective relevant information for each of these assets as well as appendices demonstrating all relevant calculations.

When preparing the report, you have been asked to address the following points:
Calculate the average return on the asset, the standard deviation of the assets returns as well as a risk-adjusted return measure for the asset.
When conducting your fundamentals analysis, that you use the top-down approach to justify your choice of markets and assets.
That you find and highlight the key findings of relevant research or literature (including newspapers articles, investor reports, etc.) on each of the asset classes and specific markets.

Structure of the Report

The report should be structured as follows:
1. COVER PAGE, which should contain:
a) A relevant title for the report.
b) The word count for the report (excluding the title page, executive summary, table of contents, tables and figures, appendices, and references).
2. TABLE OF CONTENTS, which should contain:
a) A full list of sections (including executive summary, references, bibliographic materials, and any appendices).
b) The page number of which each section begins.
3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, which should:
a) Highlight the key points and findings of the report.
b) Be in the third person and use the present tense, e.g. This report compares.
4. INTRODUCTION, which should:
a) Give a succinct explanation of the aims, scope and context of the report.
b) Include brief details and definitions for any information necessary for the reader to understand the report.
5. MAIN BODY, which should:
a) Provide the main critical analysis of the different markets and securities as well as any relevant research on the topic.
b) Provide relevant figures and compare this with the respective base lines.
6. CONCLUSION, which should
a) Briefly summarise the aims and key findings of the report.
b) Make a recommendation to JP Morgan Asset Management Team as to how the team should invest providing justifications for this recommendation.
7. REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY, which should:
a) The list of references lists the details of any material that have actually been cited in the report (full details of the source should be given using the Westminster Harvard referencing system).
b) The bibliography lists the details of any other sources that you may have referred to when preparing the report but not actually cited in the report itself (full details of the source should be given using the Westminster Harvard referencing system).
c) Details of the Westminster Harvard referencing system can be found at https://www.westminster.ac.uk/current-students/studies/study-skills-and-training/research-skills/referencing-your-work
8. APPENDIX, which should:
a) Provide calculations for the figures used in the report and highlight the respective formulae used.
b) Include any other material that you feel may be relevant but does not warrant being included in the report.

China’s policy evolution towards marketization in the field of photovoltaic power generation

This is a dissertation proposal so I have uploaded an example of what it should look like. The main idea behind this paper should go as follows: In this dissertation I would like to discuss the future of PV (photovoltaic) power in the scope of subsidies given in this sector. We are approaching a post-subsidy era in that government policies are slowing down on subsidies due to limited resources as well as imminent price parity nearing those of traditional thermal power generation. There are a number of factors which can contribute to better policy implementation such as financing for private companies as the interest rates are much higher compared to the base loan of banks, delayed subsidies and also other non-technical costs. I will look at the policies and laws which have been enacted and see the impacts which they have on companies in the sector and also the development due to these regulations. My thesis will be set on how ensuing policies may further expand and provide more effective means of PV energy in China.

Discussion week 10

https://www.sellingpower.com/videos/6zBBj8QLB8E/how-to-improve-sales-compensation-plans 

What motivates you and why?  Can you provide an example?

Please view the above video.  Your thoughts on the video? Do you think most people enter sales for a way to earn above average incomes?

Ernon Scadal

1. Give a short history of Ernon? how did Ernon go about hiding their debt?
2.Who were the stakeholder impacted by this scandal? How so?
3. in your opinion, why has ernon gone down as one of the most unethical fraud scandals in history?
4. in your opinion was justice served in response to the Ernon scandal? Why or why not?
5. what new regulations came from the Ernon scandal?

Any topic (writer’s choice)

In your  paper be sure to address the following questions :
 
            How did they start?
            Did they attain the status of being Haute Couture?
                        If yes how and when?
                        If no, why not?
            What is their signature style? For what are they known ?

The Designer is Madame Gres

Sources to use

    “Madame Grs FashionS First Minimalist”. 2020. Heroine. https://www.heroine.com/the-editorial/master-class-madame-gres.
    “CR Muse: Madame Grs, Sphinx Of Fashion”. 2020. CR Fashion Book. https://www.crfashionbook.com/culture/a27305377/madame-gres-fashion-legacy/.
    “The Fashion Historian: Madame Grs”. 2020. The Fashion Historian. http://www.thefashionhistorian.com/2011/08/madame-gres.html.

Week 9

“Leadership requires skill, a clear vision, and a strong commitment to establishing a constructive organizational climate.  It also requires that leaders understand diversity and inclusion, and the essential role these play in organizational outcomes. While many of the leadership concepts discussed…so far….involve rather straightforward leadership efforts, addressing diversity and inclusion is a multi-layered process that requires a wider range of leadership practices.” (Northouse, p 183).

For this assignment:

1. Read ‘9.2 Case Study – Mitch Landrieu: Symbolic Progress’ (pp 235-240).

2. After reading the case study, answer the following questions.  Compose your paper in ‘Q & A’ format and number each response.  Do not include the questions in your paper.  Do not write your paper in narrative form.

Questions:

1. Some people argue that leadership has a moral dimension that moves people toward the common good.  Mayor Landrieus speech clearly has a moral dimension.  Name two values Mayor Landrieu promotes and give an example from the speech to demonstrate each specific value.  Name one obstacle to his advocacy.  Is there a downside to his advocacy?  If so, what is it?  Is there a cost to the city of New Orleans if the statues stay? If they go?

2. The chapter discusses four barriers to diversity and inclusion: ethnocentrism, prejudice, stereotypes, and privilege. Explain how these statues were symbolic of each of these barriers.

3. Identify two groups within the community and discuss how different perceptions of the statues and their inherent messages may have affected each group.

4. By removing the statues and through his speech, Mayor Landrieu takes a strong stand against dignifying symbols of the Confederacy. Do you think his actions will foster a stronger sense of inclusion within the City of New Orleans? Why or why not. 

5. Consider the various symbols in your community, school, or workplace which you see every day. Select one and discuss the possible perceptions of that symbol by at least two different groups that are members of your community.  The groups in your community might be of different races, genders, religious affiliations, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, etc.

double spaced, use Times New Roman, font size 12, and submit your document below.  Link your reactions to the text citing the referenced page. Of course, papers should be organized, thorough, with proper sentence structure and grammar.

Any topic (writer’s choice)

Is Wal-Mart good for America? Some people of course argue that Walmart reduces living standards, hurts retail trade, disrupts communities, and relies on government programs to provide healthcare for many of its workers. Others argue that Walmart has improved America’s standards of living, with lower cost for consumers, greater employment opportunities, and healthier communities, especially for the least affluent.

How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.

I am applying at U of Chicago in the computer science program. My activities have revolved around CS with multiple CD courses, summer camps, website development, coding club, hackathon and two summers of internship in Contiq, a Bay area content intelligence startup. I have interest in AI and machine learning.

Here are some additional details re my Contiq experience…

I interned with Contiq, a Silicon Valley based enterprise content intelligence startup, during the last two summers. Contiq uses artificial intelligence to discover and reuse the most impactful PowerPoint and PDF content at the micro level to boost productivity, quality, and impact.

My trepidation of being the only tenth grade intern, with whatever Java and Python skills I carried, in a high velocity startup was quickly dispelled with a warm welcome from the Contiq team. I was assigned a mentor, who patiently walked me through the intricacies of the design thinking, technology concepts such as RESTful APIs, TensorFlow, Amazon Web Service APIs, and security authentication, and set expectations for collaboration, communication, and task execution.

I provided input on user experience design that the Contiq team valued, debugged code, and automated population of the content lake for testing purposes.
From this experience, I took away a world view far bigger than my involvement in the product development life cycle. I learned that all concepts, no matter how perfect they seem, could be improved. I had grown up using Google, which epitomized the simplicity of search. Contiq amplifies that experience in the world of enterprise content. I witnessed the dream, the self-belief and palpable sense of purpose in every member of the Contiq team. That is a culture that I would always like to be part of and build.

Some other interests in this blurb…
I am excited about what the upcoming advances in technology, particularly human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence (AI), have to offer society, but am concerned about ethical AI and sustainability. I am inspired by the leadership role Columbia has taken to actively deal with climate change, regenerative medicine, the pandemic, and the myriad burning issues of our generation.
I will have an opportunity to learn from the best minds in academia, such as machine learning concepts from Professor David Blei, the pioneer of the Latent Dirichlet Allocation model, and Algorithmic Game Theory from Professor Christos Papadimitriou. I would collaborate with Columbia researchers to pursue research interests close to my heart, and the Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship program to take those to market. For example, my grandfather had a difficult few years with Parkinsons during which his quality of life suffered hugely. I would like to work with someone like Prof Sunil Agrawal to combine knowledge from neuroscience, biomechanics and artificial intelligence to predict instability with physical movement and coordination and apply biomechanics to offset it.

Walmart

Is Wal-Mart good for America? Some people of course argue that Walmart reduces living standards, hurts retail trade, disrupts communities, and relies on government programs to provide healthcare for many of its workers. Others argue that Walmart has improved America’s standards of living, with lower cost for consumers, greater employment opportunities, and healthier communities, especially for the least affluent.

walmart

Is Wal-Mart good for America? Some people of course argue that Walmart reduces living standards, hurts retail trade, disrupts communities, and relies on government programs to provide healthcare for many of its workers. Others argue that Walmart has improved America’s standards of living, with lower cost for consumers, greater employment opportunities, and healthier communities, especially for the least affluent.

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