F262: FINANCIAL MARKETS Course Syllabus - Spring 2019 Instructor: Susan Monaco Office: 6 th Floor, Hodge Hall E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: By appointment Class Time: Section 33043 TuTh 11:15am – 12:30pm, HH1000 Section 33044 TuTh 1:00pm – 2:15pm, HH2049 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an overview of financial markets, including stock markets, bond markets, derivative markets, and active management markets. Specifically, it examines portfolio diversification, risk and return, mutual fund performance, market efficiency, bonds, options, and futures. No credit for juniors and seniors in the Kelley School. Prerequisite: A 200, K 201, and F260 TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS Required: Essentials of Investments, 10 th , Bodie, Kane, and Marcus (“BKM”). McGraw-Hill. You may access the text through Canvas. You are also registered to use McGraw-Hill’s Connect, an online resource for practice problems and additional learning materials. You may access that at: - 2019 Registration and subscription to Stock Trak.com “University Simulation.” Available at: - Spring19 . Registration for StockTrak is $29.95. Only one registration per group is required. Please wait until groups are assigned and you have communicated with your group to register. Depending on your group size, the cost will be about $6- $7.50. If you are unable to pay this amount, please either talk to me after class or send me an email at [email protected] . COURSE OBJECTIVES/STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES 1. Introduce students to investment markets, instruments, and institutions. 2. Provide an in-depth analysis into the features and valuation of fixed income and equity securities. (SLO 3.2, 3.3) 3. Introduce students to the theory and implications of market efficiency and portfolio diversification. (SLO 3.2, 3.3) 4. Introduce students to the valuation and risk-management use of options, futures, and forwards. (SLO 5.4) 5. Engage students in intermediate to advanced spreadsheet modeling activities. (SLO 5.1, 5.2, 5.4) 6. Expose students to real-time investing and portfolio-management decision making. (SLO 3.2, 3.3) 7. Enhance presentation skills through an in-class group presentation. (SLO 4.1) 8. Improve small group communication skills through two team projects. (SLO 4.2, 6.1, 6.2)
COMMUNICATION To contact me, please use [email protected] Official course-wide communication from me will come through Announcements on Canvas. You are responsible for managing notification preferences so that they are able to read announcements in a timely way. GRADE POLICY Grading is done on a relative (not absolute) basis . Following Department of Finance policy, the average GPA (across all sections taught by this instructor) will fall between 2.70 and 3.10. Some statistical adjustments to final grades might be necessary to achieve this GPA.
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