The dealing sessions are simulation exercises during which you work in small groups to act as
portfolio managers. Each student MUST ATTEND the four three-hour dealing sessions (2
hours in your allocated lecture and 1 hour in your allocated tutorial).
Students are required to organise themselves into teams of 3 students. More information about
how teams are formed will be provided on CANVAS at the beginning of each semester.
Where? All dealing sessions will be held in your allocated lecture and tutorial venues.
When? The dealing sessions will be held during week 6, 9, 10, and 11.
Attendance to all dealing sessions is compulsory.
There are two stages for this assessment. Stage 1 requires students to analyse stocks for inclusion
into the portfolio and contribute to the group report in Stage 2.
Stage 1 – COMPANY ANALYSIS REPORT – GROUP REPORT (20% of unit total):
You (as a team) will prepare a company analysis report (due at the end of week 8), which will
form your portfolio created for Stage 2 group report. To help you prepare for your report, you will
be given access to Thomson Reuters (Refinitiv) Eikon online. You will learn how to analyse
stocks using Eikon online in the dealing session in week 6. Thomson Reuters Eikon provides
information for fundamental and technical analysis. Login details will be arranged at the
beginning of each semester.
The company analysis report is worth 20 marks out of 40 marks of Assessment 2. You will only
have to submit one report per group.
Stage 2 – DEALING SESSION REPORT – GROUP REPORT (20% of unit total)
Following the Dealing Sessions in week 9-11, your group will need to submit a Portfolio
Management Report (one report per group) based on the team’s research and trading activities in
these sessions. This Dealing Session Report will be a group assignment. Further detail on the
report can be found on Canvas.
You must attend all your dealing sessions, and you must contribute to your team report in
order to receive marks for this assignment (also see contribution statement).
1. As a team, based on the company analysis in Stage 1, create a portfolio (Active Portfolio
1) in the second dealing session (Week 9). Given your stock analysis (developed in Stage
1), you (as a team) should design a trading strategy to implement in the second dealing
session. This strategy will specify how you will construct your portfolio to meet your
2. In week 10, you (as a team) will evaluate the performance of your portfolio created in
week 9 (Active Portfolio 1). After that, you will construct a new portfolio (Active
Portfolio 2) to improve the performance of your position. You will need to make a
decision as to whether you would like to choose new stocks or adjust the existing portfolio
by mixing it with new stocks.
3. In week 11, you (as a team) will evaluate the performance of the new portfolio (Active
Portfolio 2) and compare it with the original portfolio, as well as the benchmark portfolio.
4. In week 12, please submit a team report. Further information will be available on
Please note assignments must be submitted online through the course Canvas site.
Assignments must be accompanied by RMIT assignment cover sheet, declaration of group
work commitment, group work contribution statement (only if group dispute arises) and
the originality report from Turnitin. Failure to include these documents in submission will
result in a penalty for the report (5% deduction).
If you have any questions regarding the dealing sessions, please contact your allocated