BUSN 380 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2 Alternative Savings Vehicles (graded) Identify the savings (investment) instruments you use or have used in the past (if you haven’t used any, identify those that you are most likely to use). Now, identify a number of alternative savings (investment) instruments that you have not used (or are least likely to use). Compare your two lists. Analyze the tradeoffs that emerge. Why have you selected certain instruments in the past? Why may you use specific savings (investment) instruments in the future? Why will you decide to not use certain instruments in the future? BUSN 380 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1 Hazardous to Your Health! (graded) Using the Internet, locate a source that identifies the number of personal bankruptcies that have occurred in the United States during a relatively recent time period. Locate and report the results of Internet (or other) sources that assess the role played by credit card debt in relation to personal bankruptcies declared. What are the general conclusions regarding the effects of credit card debt upon bankruptcy filings? Do you believe that credit card debt is the only cause of bankruptcy? Are there any additional factors that can lead a consumer to make a personal bankruptcy decision? BUSN 380 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2 Credit Card Balances (graded) As a proportion of your personal net worth (total assets minus total liabilities), identify the proportion of credit card debt you currently have outstanding (or have had outstanding at some point in your life). Identify the expenditures that have given rise to your credit card debt. Which expenditures were discretionary and which were not? Discuss the implications. Are there any strategies that you can implement in order to better manage and reduce credit card debt? What strategies have you used? BUSN 380 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1 Portfolio Diversification (graded) Identify any long-term investment instruments you use or have used in the past (if you haven’t used any, identify those that you are most likely to use). Include any retirement funds established at work and pension/retirement contributions made by your employer. Assess whether or not your overall investment
portfolio is efficiently diversified. Why is there a lack of diversification? What steps can you take to modify this? If you plan to invest long term, what steps will you take towards diversification? BUSN 380 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2 Portfolio Risk (graded) Using the investment portfolio you identified for this week’s first discussion question, informally identify the beta for each of the asset components of this portfolio. Include your reasoning for the betas you have identified. (If you have not formally invested in a portfolio yet, find 3–5 asset components that you would want to invest in as a portfolio, and informally identify the beta for these asset components). Now, identify the overall beta of your investment portfolio and explain how you arrived at this result. What implications can you draw from this exercise? How does each component beta differ from the portfolio beta, and why? BUSN 380 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1 Payment Obligations (graded) As a percentage of your estimated monthly disposable income (which you identified in Week 2), what proportion is represented by your monthly automobile, mortgage, and/or rental payments? What is the percentage remaining after those monthly expenses have been deducted? Assess and discuss the implications in terms of how they influence your personal financial planning. BUSN 380 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2 Subsistence Spending (graded) Suppose you found yourself in a position where your monthly level of income was cut in half. Assume this misfortune will persist for the long term. Discuss the effect such a salary reduction would have on your current lifestyle. What conclusions can you draw? What changes would you make regarding your expenses and how would you implement any new financial strategies? BUSN 380 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1 Insurance Trade-Offs (graded) What forms of insurance coverage do you currently carry and pay for? As a percentage of your estimated monthly disposable income (which you identified in Week 2), what proportion do these coverages represent? Are there areas where you feel you are underinsured? Overinsured? What trade-offs are involved in determining the amount of insurance coverage you currently carry?