All class members are required to submit a minimum 12-15 page research paper comparing domestic or international major financial markets or institutions which will be due by Week 14, on Friday, April 11, 2014. This term paper should demonstrate the ability by the class member to identify research, analyze, compare, explain, evaluate and synthesize particular financial markets or major money center institutions, engaged in commercial banking, investment banking, or insurance, or in all three aspects of financial services. Also the inner-workings of a domestic or international financial should be explained. Through this research, the student will be able to survey relevant literature, develop and defend a personal position on the current stability of the selected markets and the financial conditions of the institutions selected. The name of the institutions or markets selected to be researched must be submitted by posting it on the designated Forum tab by Week 3, January 21, 2014 in order for the Professor to grant topic approval prior to beginning research. When posting, insert a certification that you have reviewed all prior postings and no other class member has requested same topic. Only the first class member posting has the exclusive right to write on the subject chosen. If another paper is submitted with the same topic, it will be rejected and a grade of zero will be granted for this assignment. It is important that all information presented be current. By the time the assignment is due, financial results as of December 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014 should be available for the markets and institutions selected. RESEARCH PAPER GUIDELINES The Research Report must show the following format: 1. Be typed in double space format. 2. Show in the cover page: a. The title of the research paper b. The course number and name Professor’s name c. Your full name as it appears on the class roster d. Your Panther ID e. Your telephone number and e-mail address f. Show the date you finished the report g. Show footnotes and bibliography, in accordance with an accepted manual of style. Credit must be given to any authors work consulted, whether it is quoted or paraphrased. Failure to follow this requirement is a violation of ethical standards for which sanctions can be imposed by the University. Refer to section on Academic Honesty. The professor, at his discretion, may use Turnitin software to detect ethical violations. 3. Internet address by themselves will not be accepted. Sources consulted must contain author’s name, title of article or publication, and applicable dates. You can insert the URL address afterwards. 4. All report pages should be numbered at the bottom center of the page. Please follow these requirements. Deviations will cause your term paper grade to be at least one letter grade lower.