Lecture 1 - Introduction to Investments

Lecture 1 - Introduction to Investments - Lecture 1...

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Lecture 1:
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Lecturer and course convenor: Dr Dean Katselas Email: [email protected] (preferred contact method) Phone: 02 6125 5460 Location: Room 4.06 in Building 26c 2
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Course Delivery: One 2-hour lecture each week. Lecture slides will be placed on Wattle prior to the lecture each week. One 1-hour workshop each week. Will involve working through additional examples, prior exam questions, and discussion of other material relevant to the course. Workshops will commence in Week 2 . One 1-hour tutorial each week. Tutorial enrolment will take place online. Please ensure that you only attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. Tutorial questions are required to be completed prior to tutorials each week. Details of these questions are provided on Wattle. These may be a combination of questions drawn from the textbook, and/or other sources. Solutions will be made available on Wattle following the related tutorials each week. 3
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Prescribed reading: Lecture slides. These provide an overview of the topics covered and the methods used. Text: Bodie, Z., Kane, A. and Marcus, A., (2014), Investments 10 th Ed., Mc-Graw Hill. Provides additional perspective for students. Primary source for tutorial questions. CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct http :// 4
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Assessment: Mid-semester examination (20%). This will be a closed book, 90 minute examination covering all topics from Week 1, up to and including the material lectured in Week 5. Group assignment (20%). To be completed in groups of 3-4 students. An assignment handout containing further information to be made available on Wattle by Week 3. Final examination (60%). This will be a closed book, 3 hour examination which may include all topics covered throughout the semester, with emphasis placed on the topics covered in weeks 6 to 12. 5
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Contact with staff If you have any questions about the structure of the course or assessment, please contact Dean via email or during consultation. All staff on the course will be available for consultation throughout the semester. Please see your tutor during designated consult times if you have questions about tutorial material. The lecturer is also available to address lecture specific questions. All consult times will be posted on Wattle once confirmed by the tutors. Enrolment related issues should be directed to RSFAS administration (the counter on Level 4 of the CBE Bldg). 6
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Today’s lecture is the first of two on the investment process. We will discuss: What making an investment entails; Instruments available for investment; The structure of securities markets and how instruments are traded in them; and, The regulation of financial markets.
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