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| March 24, 2019

Assessment Information

This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes: 1. Demonstrate a critical understanding and evaluation of the forefront of corporate finance theories and empirical evidence; 2. Evaluate alternative financing methods and distribution policies; 3. Critically evaluate alternative investment appraisals techniques; and decide appropriate actions accordingly; 4. Make sound financing, investment and asset valuation decisions with reference to the implications of the efficiency of capital markets

This assignment is an individual assignment.


According to asset pricing theory, non-diversified investors should require, all other factors being equal, a higher expected return on their investments than diversified investors. Furthermore, a five-factor model by Fama-French (2016) that adds profitability and investment factors to the three-factor model of Fama-French suggests a shared story for several average return anomalies. Recent research argues that ex ante (implied) cost of equity derived from earnings forecasts is based on strong criticisms that have been forwarded against realised returns.

Discuss finance theory and recent developed models in Asset Pricing. Critically provide an argument on the implications of Fama-French models and why and how can Implied Cost of Equity approach explain the variations in the expected stock returns.


Fama, E.F. and French, K.R., 2016. Dissecting anomalies with a five-factor model. The Review of Financial Studies, 29(1), pp.69-103.

This assignment requires you to

1. How Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is considered as an introduction to the fundamental concepts of portfolio theory and asset pricing.

2. How the CAPM’s empirical problems may reflect theoretical failings, the result of many simplifying assumptions.

3. What drives expected stock returns? To capture these return patterns, various multifactor models have been suggested by Fama and French.

4. How ex ante cost of equity implied in analyst’ earnings forecasts and stock prices allows us to overcome the limitations associated with using traditional Asset Pricing Models.

Criteria for Assessment

This information is intended to provide you with clear goals in your written work.

20% · The introduction has brought significant attention to the Asset Pricing theory.
20% · Using a comprehensive literature review with regarding to Asset Pricing models and cost of capital.
20% · Using credible academic sources to support the arguments with regarding to Capital Asset Pricing model and implications of Fama-French multifactor models.
20% · Clear discussion of the Implied Cost of Equity approach, its implications and empirical evidence.
10% · The ability to provide clear conclusions.
5% · Structure, layout and presentation of essay.
5% · Referencing, grammar and sound of academic language.

Word Count

A 3,000 word piece of essay coursework is required and should be supported by 10-12 references from academic journals and textbooks.

The word limit includes quotations and citations, but excludes the references list.

NOTE. There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more.


Use a 12-point font, nothing too fancy (this font is Times New Roman), use one and half/or double spacing, justify margins, leave a space between and/or indent the start of each new paragraph, try to avoid short paragraphs

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