Explain what crowdfunding is and how does it work highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of crowdfunding from an investor perspective

Answer all questions and provide your workings. The 2 companies used for the assignment are: 1) standard chartered 2) standard life Aberdeen

Question 1 a) Your group was allocated 2 London Stock Exchange quoted companies on Canvas (check the file “Firms allocation Cw 2018”). Briefly introduce the companies and their main business. b) Collect the daily share price data (adjusted close) and the price data for the FTSEALL market index for the 1st two weeks of February 2019. Calculate the daily returns and graph the returns of the share prices and the index over the period (assume no dividends). Interpret the graph. (you can get the data from for example https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/) c) Are there any market or industry specific factors that you think explain the share price movement of your companies over the two weeks? (40 marks)

Question 2 Using the same companies you have used in Question 1 calculate the average daily returns and the standard deviation of the 2 companies and the index, over the first 4 trading days of February. Which of the companies has higher risk? Which factors specific to that company might explain the fact that the company has higher risk? (30 marks) Question

3 Explain what crowdfunding is and how does it work highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of crowdfunding from an investor perspective. (30 marks)

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