Equity Portfolio Management Assessment Assessment Task 3:          Equity Portfolio Management Report

BAFI1045 – Equity Portfolio Management Assessment

Assessment Task 3:          Equity Portfolio Management Report

Marks/Weighting:              40 marks, accounting for 40% of the total grade for this course

Assignment Due Date:      Sunday of Week 14, 28th April 2024, 5 pm, Singapore time

Word Limit:                       Maximum 3,500 words (excluding ToC, Appendix and References)

Submission:                      The assignment will be submitted via Canvas, Turnitin

Rubric/Marking criteria:    A marking rubric is provided on Canvas.


The assessment is submitted as an individual assignment

You will be given funds to invest in the share market. You are required to construct two $1,000,000 equity investment portfolios:

1.    A passive portfolio replicating the return of The Straits Times Index (STI)

2.    An active portfolio to achieve your investment objective of outperforming the index

You will then prepare a report in which you can explain your investment strategy for constructing a passive and an active portfolio and then evaluate the investment performance of each in terms of absolute and relative return, risk and attribution effects to explain the differences in performance of each portfolio. You will be given ten companies selected from the STI index that tracks the performance of the top 30 companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange to create an active portfolio.

This assessment replicates the tasks that would be undertaken by portfolio managers in a real-world investment company. For the passive portfolio, your task will be to replicate, as closely as possible, the risk and return characteristics of the Straits Times Index (STI) benchmark index. For your active portfolio, your task will be to select stocks and sectors from ten stocks selected from companies in the STI Index, which will result in your portfolio achieving a higher return than the index.

Your task is not necessarily to produce a positive return. If the markets fall in value, then your passive portfolio should fall in value by a similar degree. Your active portfolio should aim to outperform the return on the index: if the index falls, your portfolio should fall by a lesser amount; if the index rises, then your portfolio should rise by a higher amount.

The final submission should fulfil the following minimum requirements


For Passive portfolio

·       calculate the number of shares required for your passive portfolio to replicate the composition of the STI index

For Active portfolio

Assess all ten companies and sectors from the stocks shared with you

·       analyse the outlook for each company’s industry

·       analyse the macroeconomic environment at the global and domestic level

·       identify the firms and sectors which you consider will outperform relative to the index and build your active portfolio to reflect your predictions

·       analyse and comment on three financial ratios of each company over the previous five years. Examples of ratios that can be used-

·       Return on Equity              

·       PEG Ratio

·       Net Profit Margin

·       Earnings Growth

·       Debt to Equity


Evaluate your findings and select six companies for your active portfolio

·       after assessing the ten companies, select six to be included in your active portfolio

·       describe the reasons for your selections (around 5 bullet points for each stock)

·       also, describe the reasons why you have not chosen the other four firms (around 5 bullet points for each stock)

·       assign portfolio weights for each of your companies and discuss why you have chosen the weights in comparison to the weight of each stock in the index

·       calculate the number of shares required for each company to create a portfolio with the initial weights you have selected for your active portfolio

è why are some companies overweight in your portfolio, and why are others underweight as compared to the index?

è what do these active weights mean for your portfolio’s potential performance relative to the index?


Portfolio Creation Dates

Passive and Active Portfolios

·       Start Date: March 18th, 2024, Monday


Benchmark Portfolio

·       Straits Times Index (STI)


Portfolio Analysis period for both portfolios

·       Start Date: March 18th, 2024, Monday

·       End Date: April 12th, 2024, Friday


Observe your portfolios’ performances over the analysis period

·       as the share prices change over the evaluation period, you will be able to watch how the returns on the index, your active portfolio and your passive portfolio react


For each portfolio

·       explain the reasoning for your stock selection and weighting relative to the index

·       provide comments on the total return/risk and active return/risk of your portfolios

·       discuss the sectors and securities’ active weights in your portfolio

·       report your results for each portfolio

·       analyse the active return of your portfolios with reference to the allocation and selection effects

·       What was the overall performance of the active portfolio, your passive portfolio and the benchmark index?

·       describe any major market events that contributed to the return performance of the benchmark or of your portfolios

·       have you achieved (or not achieved) the goal for your passive/active portfolio


Finally, which of the two portfolios will you recommend and why?











Data for your report from Workspace


Workspace calculates the portfolio statistics you will require for your report. The information you will need can be found as listed below.


Workspace Location

Total and Active Return

Summary –
Balanced Summary – Contribution

Contribution to Return

Summary –
Equity Summary – Performance/Contribution

Contribution to Portfolio Weight

Summary – Equity Summary – Allocation

Allocation and Selection Effects

  Brinson Single Currency

Contribution to Total Risk

Risk –
Ex-ante Multi-factor Risk – Portfolio Summary

Contribution to Active Risk

Risk –
Ex-ante Multi-factor Risk – Active Summary

Performance Ratios (Sharpe, Treynor)

– Return Statistics


You will need to select six stocks for your active portfolio from the following ten stocks that are constituents of the STI Index:



Sector / Industry Group



Communication Services / Telecommunication Services


Genting Singapore Limited

Consumer Discretionary / Consumer Services


Sats Ltd.

Industrials / Transportation


Sembcorp Industries Ltd

Industrials / Capital Goods


Seatrium Limited

Industrials / Capital Goods


Singapore Airlines Ltd

Industrials / Transportation


Keppel Corporation Limited

Industrials / Capital Goods


Dfi Retail Group Holdings Limited

Consumer Staples / Food & Staples Retailing


Yangzijiang Shipbldg Hldgs Ltd

Industrials / Capital Goods


Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd

Consumer Discretionary / Retailing




References and Citations

Use proper citations and references, and include a list of references you use in your report. Failure to do so will result in a lower grade. RMIT provides a website that explains the use of the Harvard reference system.

Please consult it here: https://www.lib.rmit.edu.au/easy-cite/


Some useful resources for this assignment include

Reilly, Frank K., Keith C. Brown and Sanford Leeds, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (11th Edition), Thomson South-Western, 2019.


You should also conduct your own analysis using the companies’ web sites, annual reports, Refinitiv Workspace, IBISWorld and any other sources you consider to be relevant for your report. The more resources you use for your research, the better your analysis will be.


Assignment submission procedure

All assignments must be submitted online through the course Canvas Turnitin for a plagiarism check. They must be accompanied by an assignment cover sheet.


An Important Note on Plagiarism


What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, ideas or creation of another person without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism can occur in oral and written presentations and is never acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct, which carry a range of penalties, including cancellation of results and exclusion from the course.


Students are advised to read and understand the University’s policy on plagiarism.