FE445+Syllabus+-+Spring+2012 - Investment Analysis and...

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Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management SMG FE 445 Boston University School of Management Spring 2012 Rob James 617-353-8901 SMG 541 jamesr@bu.edu Class Meetings: Section D1: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; SMG 304 Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 AM until 10:30 AM or by appointment. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to provide an introduction to: - the investment environment - concepts related to investment decision making - securities trading - portfolio theory: the science and art of combining assets into portfolios with desired risk/return characteristics - bond pricing and managing fixed income investments - equity valuation - performance evaluation - forward and futures markets - options markets - international investing The overall objective is to provide an introduction to the framework of modern portfolio theory and investment analysis with which one can critically evaluate alternatives relating to investments in financial securities and to the construction of portfolios with desired risk/return characteristics. Prerequisite: FE323 - Financial Management. REQUIRED MATERIALS o Essentials of Investments , 8th. Ed. by Bodie, Zvi, Alex Kane, and Alan J. Marcus, Irwin/McGraw- Hill, 2010 o ISBN: 0077339185 o I have put a copy of the textbook on reserve in Pardee Library. o Textbook support address: http://catalogs.mhhe.com/mhhe/viewProductDetails.do?isbn=0077339185 Or (either the seventh or eighth edition is fine) o Essentials of Investments , 7th. Ed. by Bodie, Zvi, Alex Kane, and Alan J. Marcus, Irwin/McGraw- Hill, 2008 o ISBN: 0073405175 o I have put a copy of the textbook on reserve in Pardee Library. o Textbook support address: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073405175/information_center_view0/ o Calculator: All students are required to bring a financial calculator to lectures and exams. I recommend the Sharp EL-733A, the Texas Instruments BAII Plus, or the Hewlett-Packard 10B II. FE445: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 1
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o Access to SMG Tools for downloading the class materials. o All students should read a publication such as the Wall Street Journal regularly. In addition, I will hand out additional relevant readings or make them available on SMG Tools. COURSE AND CLASS SESSION STRUCTURE Class sessions will be devoted to lecture and discussion of the materials posted on SMG Tools. It is expected that students will have studied the assigned readings and answered assigned problems before class. Students are encouraged to form study groups for these purposes. EXAMS The exams will be closed book and closed notes; however, I will provide you with a formula sheet with all the formulas needed for the exam. I will provide this formula sheet in advance so you will have time to look it over and ask questions before the exam. The exams will consist of both quantitative and qualitative questions. There will be problems, requiring computation, and multiple-choice questions. Students are required to show their
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course FINANCE 445 taught by Professor Fe during the Spring '11 term at Northeastern.

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