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“Bank Performance “:

1.  Considering the bank you currently use, create performance criteria and then rate your bank against the criteria you developed. Make a suggestion for one area of improvement based on your evaluation.

2.  Speculate how commercial banks will perform overall throughout the next three years as the economy rebounds. Then, determine the economic consequences for this performance. Provide examples or evidence to support your answer.


“Thrift Operations”:

3.  Determine the risks that are unique to thrift operations compared to commercial banks.  Describe how the thrift should manage each risk identified.

First e-Activity = Research the Internet for examples on how thrifts are performing in the recent economic downturn.

4.  From the first e-Activity, generate an opinion about the overall health of thrifts compared to how banks performed during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, and determine what lessons can be learned.


“Currency Exchange Rate”:

Second e-Activity = Go to Bloomberg’s Website and review the today’s exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the various European currencies at http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies/europe-africa-middle-east/.

5.  From the second e-Activity, based on your review of the currency exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and the various European currencies, evaluate in which country a financial institution should invest to maximize its return on investment for the minimum risk. Provide a rationale for your approach.

Third e-Activity = Search the Internet for news related to the EURO currency crisis.

6.  From the third e-Activity, based on your research of the current EURO currency crisis, predict the future of the currency, including the impact to financial investment and risk within the EURO zone for financial institutions. Provide support for your prediction and evaluation.



7.  The futures market concept began centuries ago with hedging in the agricultural commodity prices. The markets have since expanded into a variety of future contracts, including hedging related to metals, foreign currency, and interest rates. Assess the risk involved in modern-day future contracts, suggesting a strategy for using this type of investment within financial institutions. Provide support for your assessment.


Fourth e-Activity = Search the Internet for information related to the regulatory requirements for the reporting of futures contracts risk within financial reporting.

8.  From the fourth e-Activity, based on your research related to the regulatory requirements of futures contract risk exposure reporting, assess the adequacy of the reporting requirement. Indicate whether or not the public may be misled by management’s reporting of the financial risk related to these types of investments. Make a recommendation for improvement to the reporting requirements, indicating how this improvement will minimize risk for public users of the financial information.

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