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BA6325 - CORPORATE FINANCE COURSEWORKACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT)For nearly 45 years now (since the 1970’s) the management of an institution’s portfolio ofactivities has been a focal point of strategic financial management. In this domain, theconcepts developed mostly centre on or around the success of investment prospects, resourceallocation and security selection. As a consequence, the risk management of companies hasalso gained considerable notice in recent years especially after the recent financial crisis.Some have argued though, that risk management systems, focus solely on conformity,financial and operational risks, and as such they largely discount the risks of corporatestrategic decision making. Such critics have also argued that Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT)can also be viewed as a framework that can be utilised to fill this gap and integrate risk as anintegral part of the strategic decision-making process of corporate portfolio management.Based on the existing knowledge and literature regarding the association between strategyand risk, you are required to perform a theoretical study of the purpose of key concepts andrelationships of MPT in a corporate financial management environment. More specifically,you are required to develop an exposition of:-The relevance of incorporating risk in strategic financial management-Criticisms and limitations of the Transferability of Modern Portfolio Theory-Consequences of this (often considered) inconclusive relationship-The theoretical possibilities and limitations of MPT in a corporate managementcontextThe purpose is to expose and critically discuss the potential strengths and weaknesses of sucha framework’s applicability.-Deadline:This is to be submitted during the Enrichment Activity Week,Thursday 16 February 2017 by 9am strictly (late submissions up to seven dayswill be capped at 40%, zero otherwise).-Word limit: 2,000 words maximum-All students are required to submit to turn-it-in-You are advised to demonstrate extensive reading over a wide range of sourcesso as to demonstrate an understanding of the theory as well as its implications.
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