FINANCE ASSIGNMENT – Part III Prompt (2015)

| June 5, 2016

Question
Part III Prompt
The results of both sections of your employment examination have finally been received, and you were offered the position. You have a few important decisions
to make before you can formally accept or decline the position. When composing your answers to these decisions, ensure that they are cohesive and read like a
short essay.
Your submission must address the following critical elements:
I. School Versus Work
A. The school you would like to attend costs $100,000. To help finance your education, you need to choose whether or not to sell your 1,000
shares of Apple stock, 1,000 EE Savings Bonds (with $100 denominations and 4.25% coupon rate) that are five years from their 30-year maturity
date, or a combination of both. Provide the appropriate data and calculations that you would perform to make this decision.
B. What are the advantages and disadvantages of selling a combination of stocks and bonds? Be sure to support your answers.
C. Suppose that you choose to sell your stocks, bonds, or a combination of both. What is your choice, and what is your financial reasoning behind
this choice? Consider supporting your answer with quantitative data.
D. Suppose that you choose to accept the job. What is your financial reasoning behind this choice? Be sure to support your answer with
quantitative data.
II. Bonus Versus Stock
A. The company has offered you a $5,000 bonus, which you may receive today, or 100 shares of the company’s stock, which has a current stock
price of $50 per share. Mathematically, what is the best choice? Why?
B. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option? Be sure to support your answers.
C. What would you ultimately choose to do? What is your financial reasoning behind this choice? Consider supporting your answer with quantitative data

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