Financial Meltdown Presentation Students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation on the Financial Meltdown. What do you think caused or contributed to the recent market meltdown and what can we do to prevent it happening again (concentrate on financial/accounting/ regulatory issues)? There were many companies involved in the recent Meltdown of the financial industry. Some were in the Mortgage business, Banking and Brokerages. Here are some: Countrywide, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, IndyMac, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch ,Goldman Sachs, A.I.G., Bear Stearns. Select a specific company that was involved in the “Meltdown” (it may be easier to find info on Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch, as they were more recent): 1. Profile the company you have selected – what was their business, history of the company, or any other summary information you think would be good background. (a couple of slides). 2. Describe the situation as it relates to the Meltdown, bankruptcy, or financial problems with this company; give specific examples of what happened. (about another slide or 2) . 3. What are your thoughts on this situation? What are your feelings about what happened in item #2 or the entire meltdown? What does it mean for you? Do you think this will happen again? Provide a minimum of three credible references (cite using APA). Students will be graded on their ability to cite examples from the text or websites (except Wikipedia). The following describes how presentations will be graded. Introduction (10%) Does the introduction explain what the presentation is about? Does it give a quick overview of your main points? It is creative? Is it interesting? Do you have a hypothesis? Analysis (50%) Does the presentation have three to five main points that are supported by references in the text with page numbers of analyzing all of the questions that were given to you with the organization? Does the analyses connect to your introduction and conclusion and the “heart of you hypothesis? Conclusion (20%) Is the conclusion a clear and concise recap of the analysis? The conclusion can not bring in any new ideas! Does the conclusion tie into the first two or three sentences in thought? Do you explain one more time your hypothesis? Process, Punctuation and Grammar (20%) Are all of the words on the Power Point spelled correctly? Are the correct words used? Is the wording smooth to read and flow from point to point? Is proper grammar used? Does the handout follow APA Guidelines? Is the presentation and the handout interesting?
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