corporate finance

| October 22, 2018

Group Project Policy:
Did Credit Rating Agencies do good work?
Evidence from the last financial crisis
• The
question sometimes arises as to why a potential issuer would be willing to pay
rating agencies tens of thousands of dollars in order to receive a rating,
especially given the possibility that the resulting rating could be less
favorable than expected. Discuss this issue in a report showing how the last
financial crisis shed light on the credibility of Credit Rating Agency. This is
a good place to remember the pervasive nature of agency costs and point out a
real-world example of their effects on firm value. You may also wish to use
this issue to discuss some of the consequences of information asymmetries in
financial markets. This report should refer to reasons for the credit crunch
(the last financial crisis 2007-2009) and its implications on Qatar’ economy.
• Your
report should not be more than 4000 words.
• The
report should have an abstract (no more than 400 words)
The project will be allocated 5 marks
depending on the content, academic referencing and well structure. However
using real data and using it to measure the impact, or whatever will gain some bonus.

Marking guidelines Project Report
Following are the guidelines given to the
students of what they should include in their project:

Word count:
3000-4000 words (not including references).

Structure and Contents of Project report: The Project Report is an outline of your 5 points Project,
providing information on the “What, Why, How conceptually and How practically”
of your research. The purpose is to show the reader you have managed to arrange
your broad Project research ideas into a logical account of research; and your
work is justifiable and meaningful. It requires you to think clearly about your
research objectives, research methods and relevant literature.
The following information needs to be
included in your Project Report:

a. Title of your Project Report and
abstract
Indicating the focus of your research

b. Introduction-Background ( you will
rewrite it again in the end)
This section should explain the rationale
and the context for identifying your research plans. You should provide
sufficient background information on the issues you want to research for the
reader to be able to understand the rest of your Project as well as its value.
If you focus on an organization you should provide enough organizational
information to put your research into context.

c. Literature Review
This should be presented under a separate
heading. This review is a detailed critical analysis of the literature provides
an identification of themes from academic and other relevant recent and/or
historically important literature which acts as the basis for your study and
clarifies where your study fits into this debate.

d. Research Objectives and Research
Questions
Your research objectives should make it
clear to the reader exactly what is being planned by the proposed
research. Well-defined objectives should
identify what is to be analyzed, and to what purpose. Your objectives should
provide sufficient scope for a Project of this size, but also be achievable
within the resources available to you. They should not be vague or too general
and should be leading to observable outcomes.

The research objectives will be used by the
reader to judge the rest of your report, so make sure that your proposed
research design, data collection and analysis fit with the objectives.
Specific research questions (or hypotheses,
if relevant) should be easily identifiable in your Project Report.

e. Research Design (Methods and
Methodology)
Overall view of the approach and methods
chosen to achieve your research objectives, as well as a justification of these
choices. Provide information and justification for the research methodology you
propose (for instance case study, cross sectional, time trends, modeling …) and
demonstrate your reading on the topic.

If relevant, it should also detail
particular areas your research will focus on, such as sectors of industry or
regions and the identity of your research population.

f. Data collection and analysis
In fieldwork based Projects, provide
details of the data which need to be collected; the way in which you intend to
collect these data (for instance investigation of secondary data, survey,
questionnaires) and the way you intend to analyses these data.

Be as precise as possible. For instance:
for secondary data collection, specify the exact data sources you use; for
surveys specify survey strategy, population and sample size; for interviews
specify interview population, interview duration and way of analysis etcetera.

Provide clear information on access to this
data: have you made sure all necessary data is available to you? If relevant,
do you have the agreement of essential people to use certain data or conduct
interviews? Is your Project agreed with the organization you focus on if this
is necessary?

Are there any other particular ethical
considerations you need to abide by in your research?

g. Analysis
Now you will analyze your data using
different methods and explain the results.
h. Conclusion
This part should summarize your work giving
brief information about:
·
your research question
·
the methodology used
·
The most important results and
its relation with the literature.
·
Your contribution what should
we learn from you work.
I.
First draft
You already know have first draft from your different
sections; therefore it is time to put all your work in one document including
the following sub sections:
Abstract , title page, table of contents, list of
tables, list of graphs, introduction, literature review, data, methodology ,
empirical analysis, conclusion, references list, and appendices for your data
and other information.

J.
Reference list (Harvard
standard or any)
K.
Submission of final
draft of the project
A word file should be submitted with an excel file including your
data and any other types of files( SPSS, STATA, EVIEWS) showing your analysis,
also you have to send all available data set and designed questioners or any
other sources of data.

Project Marking Scheme
We follow multi assessment and assessors scheme. Three
different assessors will assess your work including your instructor, internal
faculty, and your peers (other group members). The marks should be allocated as follows: (
total of 100%)
Introduction/ Context/Background 5%
Literature review
20%
Research objectives / questions 5%
Research design
20%
Data collection and analysis 35%
Referencing 5%
Overall Presentation 10%

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