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IFM Task 1 Essay – Speculative Asset Bubbles
Presentation Front Sheet
Abstract / Synopsis (optional) Contents
Figures & Tables Abbreviations
Intro Q1 Q2 Q3
References / Bibliography Appendices Presentation:
This is an easy 10 marks and can easily make a decent 2:1 essay a 1st Class effort. Place some focus on:
Communication: How well you write – paragraphs should be meaningful – contain 1 issue / point and discuss it in full – i.e. no bullet point report writing as this is an academic essay. Short sharp and to the point sentences – I am expecting good English skills at Level 6. Remember details such as punctuation.
Referencing: You should all know how to reference by now. The module guide points to videos the library has and there are skills courses to take which the library runs which I spoke about in the induction lecture. You can either do APA style or Harvard style referencing. I am not concerned which you use, but please use only one consistently throughout the submission. Rules: if you are summarising or paraphrasing what others have said or you have read the information somewhere and put it into your own words, it needs referencing (in-text and in the bibliography – e.g. for a journal entry: (Smith, 2009) in the text, and then in the bibliography, Smith, S., (2009), “Bubblenomics in the 21st century”, The journal of Econometrics, Vol 1 (40) 3, pp.223-256. If quoting directly from a book, journal or newspaper etc., use speech marks around the quote and reference in-text and bibliography. The same for all sources of information. If you are making the graphs yourself (which I would encourage you to do – the highest performance and grades will do this), you can list the source as yourself (Author, 2020) and then where you got the data from. If you are unsure whether you have to reference, then reference anyway vs being accused of plagiarism.
Bibliography: Please do not string together a whole load of online resources – you won’t gain marks for this. I am expecting you to have read the guided reading as a minimum, then on top of that your own research in academic books and journals, and I want to see additional reading matter such as FT, Economist, Newspapers, Blog Posts etc in terms of where you got the data from to support your arguments. I would like to see if you have done the work and read broadly for this task.
Use of Subheadings: In the introduction, please tell the reader, by way of question restatement, what is coming in the essay and how you are going to answer the 3 tasks. When answering the questions 1-3, please head up each question so it’s obvious what you are addressing and when, plus, use subheadings within each question to separate out your argumentation, and make sure each argument connects together to answer the question. Remember, in each section of your answer, you should always be answering the question – don’t wander off into other areas of interest – maintain focus on answering the task questions at all time. Ideally, your answers to the 3 questions should be coherently linked and momentum building throughout the essay through to the conclusion.
Q1: Explain your market of choice (analytically and critically, not descriptively), and justify the stage it is currently in by applying theory (guided reading and lecture slides) and empirical data (your own research on the bubble you have chosen) to support your argumentation. Remember to choose a bubble that is reasonably well formed otherwise you may find it difficult to find data to support your claims.
Argumentation: Arguments should follow the same structure for each point you make so your response is systematic throughout the essay – this makes it easier to comprehend for the reader and more influence to the examiner that you have answered comprehensively and robustly.
Q2: Explain how the financial markets and their participants assisted in developing the bubble you have selected to discuss. I would discuss at least the market and 4 participants minimum. Make the discussion analytical (not descriptive) and make sure it assists you in answering how the participants are connected together to form or burst the bubble depending upon which stage it is in. How these connections are put together is important to your answer and helps me to know that you have understood the key points of bubble construction and the issues concerned.
Q3: Summarise and justify the factors that will cause the bubble to move to the next stage. Outline the current position the market is in. Tell the reader where you think it will move to next and when? Outline the factors that will nudge the bubble forward or to deflate – and justify the claim you are making – this is important if you want the reader to believe or buy- into the analysis / argument / claim you are making. In justifying your position, there is some crystal ball gazing into the future here, but you may wish to indicate a graph perhaps with 2 or 3 projections based on different factors if you are uncertain on which way things may evolve in the time ahead. Remember always to answer the question when you are wrapping up.
Conclusion: The conclusion should be a summary of the key arguments made in each section and your overall answer to the essay – e.g. what you have found. No new information is to be provided in this section – summary only.
Write by numbers: if you have 2000 words, think about allocating a number of words to each section of the essay, and limit yourself to writing that number of words. This way you reduce the editing required at the end and you keep within the limit.
Review the Marking Rubric: Above I have discussed the various elements of the marking rubric and the learning objectives set out in the module guide. However, when you have finished drafting the essay you need to edit your work for mistakes, coherency, connecting the arguments together, make sure you have answered the questions, make sure your presentation is neat and correct (sections are numbered and link to the contents page and any graphs, figures, tables or informatics have sources, and are also numbered and connect with the figures and tables list in the beginning section of your essay. Editing takes time and must be completed to a high standard for a first-class mark. If details are incorrect then reduced marks are a certainty.
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