I taught finance and I can tell you that what I (or any teacher) will be looking for are the practical applications of the course material. For a better grade, consider the emphasis the instructor gave to certain areas of instruction in that class. You should have a sense of what areas were felt to be more important or areas where your instructor seemed better versed in teaching. Select a topic that lends to the instructors' talents, interests, concerns and expertise. That will be harder to snow them, but they won't expect you to perform beyond the course level.
I agree with the aspect of finding the optimal point of leverage as it will allow you to utilize more principles of finance and economics than running a specific model in forecasting (unless the class was financial forecasting).
You'll be considering forecasting from pro forma assumptions, opportunity costs, alternative investments, cash flow, regulatory issues, use of cash, timing aspects, optimum liquidation analysis, maturity distributions of assets for liquidity, debt management and interest rate risk exposure. Won't list each chapter, but you'll have a lot of leeway for objective and subjective analysis and moreover, commentary for opinions.
If it's good enough, you might touch it up as a book for small investors, LOL.
Including different sources of financing is a good thought, however I doubt you can drill that deep into these sources as to their functioning requirements and how that applies to the borrower's planning in two months. I'd suggest you include sources of financing bit not go into how they operate rather than staying on your side of the fence as a consumer or use of funds.
When you get your topic nailed down I'd be happy to give a little guidance if you need it, but no, I'm not doing it for you....
Good luck and study well! :)
The Real Estate Boom
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the different types of presentations real estate developers conduct.
Thesis Statement: Real estate developers are required to present themselves formally and informally to various audience and situations.
I. Attention Getter: "It's tangible, it's solid, it's beautiful, and it's artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate"- Donald Trump (9 Jan. 2002, real estate billionaire). Real estate comes in many shapes and forms, and its presentations are far from different.
II. Credibility Statement: I am currently studying real estate development at Purdue University and would like to share with you the different characteristics used for presentations by a real estate developer.
III. Relating to the Audience: No matter your field of study; presentation and communication skills are an essential part of any job.
IV. Thesis Statement: Real estate developers are required to present themselves formally and informally to various audience and situations.
Transition: First, I will discuss the types of presentations real estate developers make.
I. Real estate developers present both formal and informal presentations.
A. Formal presentations consist of team research, using Microsoft Office tools, and presenting them.
1. The developer works with a sales team to project future earnings in the housing market.
2. According to Sully Richardson, "Informative presentations are then created with the data received from the different divisions of the company and placed into graphs and charts for the presentation." (6 Sep. 2005, Richardson, Sully.C.F.O. Pageantry Co.)
B. Informal presentations consist of sharing financial conditions with clients.
1. According to Sully Richardson (6 Sep. 2005, C.F.O. Pageantry Co.), informal presentations occur "several times a week" with clients receiving construction schedules and information about the current housing market.
2. Informal presentations consist of the client asking the real estate developer question's about certain financial situations.
Transition: Now that you know about the different types of presentations real estate developers present, I will begin to discuss the different audience who view them.
II. Real estate developers present to a wide variety of audiences.
A. Speeches given to lenders form the majority of formal presentations.
1. The developer conducts a formal - persuasive presentation