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    More tips will be added in a while. Keep checking for updates.

    Opentuition

    Section A
    Valuation of a business (for acquisition) – suggesting a range of values
    (part including present value of cash flows requiring calculation of the discount rate to use with CAPM involved)
    Foreign exchange risk management (forward rates/money markets/futures/options)

    Section B
    Option pricing
    Written question on the European debt crisis
    Portfolio theory including written on international diversification


    best of luck with exam!
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    Lsbf tips?


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    updates:

    First Intuition

    • International investment appraisal techniques focusing on risk management tools.
    • Impact on WACC following hedging of interest rate risk.
    • Company valuation based scenario, possible MBO finance to structure.
    • Adjusted present value with link to real options and Black Scholes option pricing model.


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    Section A:
    Business Valuation
    Investment appraisal
    Cost of capital
    Section B:
    Interest rate hedging techniques (swaps and FRAs – see examiner’s recent article)
    Financing options
    The Eurozone debt crisis (see recent Student Accountant article)


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    examinable topics by kaplan


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    EXAM TIPS BY BPP
    Ethical issues continue to appear regularly as an optional discussion question,
    normally with practical financial issues from elsewhere in the syllabus. Economic
    value added and ratio analysis can also be used to appraise the performance of
    a company.
    Cost of capital calculations are regularly tested, make sure that you are
    comfortable adjusting betas for differences in gearing. Real options are also a
    very popular theme.
    This exam normally contains a question involving valuations which the examiner
    sees as a crucial part of the syllabus; valuations questions are also likely to cover
    strategic and financing issues. This area was not tested in December 2011 and is
    therefore more likely than usual in June 2012.
    We would expect to see a numerical risk management question featuring either
    interest rate or exchange rate hedging; interest rate hedging was tested in
    December 2011.
    For emerging issues – the European debt crisis is very topical.

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