Report should consist of 12 – 15 000 words.
Abstract, introduction chapter, literature review, methodology, results, discussion
Literature review, about 4000 words
Investigate/ what I want to answer:
The impact of macro economic factors (such as exchange rates, interest rates, (freight rates) and oil prices) on stock returns in the sub-sectors bulk, tank and container in the shipping industry
Find 10 or more companies in each sector (tank, bulk, container) (using Datastream, Worldscope database, FairplaySolutions, Clarkson etc.) I have found some, which I want to use and will provide you with
Regarding the shipping firm’s country of origin only go for USA, Norway and UK and/or Japan?
Tricky to find ‘pure’ companies only doing bulk, only tank etc. Most of them have other businesses on the side or do a mix of both bulk, tank and container.. How to solve this?
What time period to extract the data from? 5 yrs, 10 yrs?
Perhaps only concentrate on tank and bulk (if container shows to be too different and difficult to get enough ‘pure’ companies from the other sectors)
What type of regression to use, econometric model?
It will mainly be a quantitative report.
I may get hold of quite good research if anything in particular is needed, e.g. through communication with Dr. Martin Stopford, several shipping analysts in different broker houses etc. in order to ‘spice up’ the report
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