Week 1

Ratio analysis is a very powerful tool for analyzing financial performance that has many valuable applications and some inherent potential weaknesses. Answer the following two questions in one paragraph each: (1) identify the major application of Ratio Analysis and (2) identify some of the potential weaknesses that are inherent in ratio analysis overall.

Week 2

The core formula underlying the time value of money theory, FV= PV x (1+r)nand its reciprocal

PV = FV/(1+r)n, is based on the assumption that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow because it is assumed you can invest the dollar today and earn additional value.

While this is generally true:

  1. Can you identify some conditions where the assumption might not hold?

  2. When the conditions do not hold, what is the wise course of action for today’s dollar holder?

  3. When the invested dollar does not earn additional value, are the basic time value formulas still valid? Explain your answer.


The “Nominal” rate of interest is composed of several components each of which has an impact on the actual interest charged or received: (1) Identify these interest rate components, (2) define what they represent, (3) what determines their magnitude, and (4) specify how they impact on the nominal rate. Use illustrative examples or formulas if and as necessary.