Fin 320 Course Packet Fall 2016

Fin 320 Course Packet Fall 2016 - Investments Finance 320...

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Investments Finance 320 Course Packet Fall 2016 Sec. B: TR 12:40-2:00 in 2118 Gerdin Sec. D: TR 3:40-5:00 in 2128 Gerdin Professor Travis Sapp Investments Finance 320 Professor: Travis Sapp Fall 2016 Office: 3362 Gerdin Course Syllabus Phone: 294-2717 E-mail: [email protected] Course Description This course offers a broad overview of investment issues and provides a set of tools for making investment decisions. We examine how individuals and their agents make choices among investment alternatives that have risky payoffs over time. An understanding of risk and return for individual securities as well as portfolios of securities is used to characterize these decisions. We describe the market environment and the valuation process for financial instruments including stocks, bonds, and derivative securities. Fundamental issues of optimal asset allocation, portfolio performance evaluation, and risk management are addressed in detail, including several hands-on assignments. After taking this course you should have a thorough understanding of how markets function, the mechanics of investing, and how to evaluate investment risk and performance.
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Course Objectives Following completion of this course students are expected to: 1. Understand basic financial instruments, financial markets, and the mechanics oftrading. 2. Value financial securities such as stocks and bonds. 3. Understand the measurement of risk using standard deviation and the principles ofportfolio diversification and optimization. 4. Use asset pricing models to evaluate risk/reward tradeoffs and required returns. 5. Understand the concept of market efficiency and its implications for passive versusactive approaches to investing. 6. Evaluate portfolio performance. Course Requirements Given the diversity and abundance of material that will be covered in this course, it is especially important that you keep up, or you will soon be overwhelmed. You should carefully read the text and handouts, and work through assigned problems. You should also feel free to make full use of instructor office hours to aid in understanding the material. It is assumed that you have competency in basic statistics and a working knowledge of a spreadsheet program such as Excel. There will be one exam during regular class hours. This exam will consist of multiple choice questions and some short-answer questions. Several assignments will be given, as well as a group project. You will also be required to participate in a stock trading simulation. Occasional quizzes will be given to gauge student progress and to provide an incentive for students to stay current with the material. Make-ups for quizzes will be granted only in exceptional circumstances, and with prior notification. The student is responsible for timely attendance in class. The final exam will focus on topics covered in the second half of the semester. If you have a disability, please let me know how I may better serve your needs.
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