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Top 10 List “Actions that will lower your project grade ”. FIN 449 Spring 2013. #10!. Make “conclusions” based on one (or no) year of financial data!. #9. Copy tables from Yahoo!. #8. Be non-objective!. #7. “See Table x!”. #6. Copy text from a company’s 10-K filing!. #5.

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#10!

Make “conclusions” based on one (or no) year of financial data!

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#9

Copy tables from Yahoo!

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#8

Be non-objective!

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#7

“See Table x!”

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#6

Copy text from a company’s 10-K filing!

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#5

Be an “underpants gnome!” (sorry for the South Park reference)

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#4

Have a “bad transparency” day!

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Produce only one value!

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“Slap your paper together” at the last minute!

and the 1 way to lower your grade
And the #1 Way to Lower Your Grade

Avoid ever mentioning the “main point” of the project!

one other issue worth mentioning
One other issue worth mentioning

Don’t be a “slacker!”

what are some things you should do in no particular order
What are some things you SHOULD do? (in no particular order)
  • Use the macro I provided.
  • Incorporate plenty of financial data into your paper (and not just in the valuation section).
  • Start paper/sections/paragraphs with “main ideas.”
  • Substantiate your ideas (don’t rely on bullet points).
  • Take the time to read and edit what your teammates write.
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Continued
  • Take the time to organize your content.
  • Pick financial metrics to track and use these throughout your paper.
  • Communicate and cooperate with teammates as much as possible in the next week.
  • Turn in a professional document.
some general feedback reflections on presentations past and present
Some general feedback – reflections on presentations past and present
  • Simple description of business model
  • Summarize story before moving into forecasting
  • Define and track big-picture metrics
  • Relative valuation metrics
  • Effectiveness of sensitivity analyses
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