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3FB3 – Winter 2012 - Page 1 of 9 Commerce 3FB3 Security Analysis Winter 2012 Course Outline Finance and Business Economics DeGroote School of Business McMaster University C OURSE O BJECTIVE The objective of this course is to introduce the student to both the theory and practice of investment analysis and selection. The student should obtain a broad knowledge of security markets and risk- return characteristics of the more important forms of investment through this course. I NSTRUCTOR AND C ONTACT I NFORMATION Section 1 Day: Tue 3:30 – 5:20 and Fri 3:30 – 4:20 Class Location: DSB/AB 102 Section 1 Eve: Tue 7:00 – 10:00 Class Location: DSB/AB 102 Keith MacInnes, CFA, CMA, CPA/PFS (Delaware) Instructor [email protected] Office: DSB/313 Office Hours: Tuesday and Friday 1 :30-3:00 p.m. and by appointment Tel: (905) 525-9140, Ext. 23397 (as office is shared by number of instructors, please do not leave messages) Cell: (416) 917-6440 Course Website: http://www.degroote.mcmaster.ca/UG/register.html C OURSE E LEMENTS Credit Value: 3 Leadership: Yes IT skills: No Global view: Yes Avenue: Yes Ethics: No Numeracy: Yes Written skills: Yes Participation: Yes Innovation: Yes Group work: Yes Oral skills: Yes Evidence-based: Yes Experiential: No Final exam: Yes Guest speaker(s) No
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3FB3 – Winter 2012 - Page 2 of 9 C OURSE D ESCRIPTION The course begins with an overview of the structure of financial markets in Canada and in the United States, followed by a more in-depth analysis of key investment topics. These topics include asset allocation and portfolio management, assessment of portfolio performance, the capital asset pricing model, term structure of interest rates, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital market efficiency, and behavioural finance. This course serves as a useful introduction to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) curriculum ( http://www.cfainstitute.org .). L EARNING O UTCOMES Upon completion of this course, students should: Have a good understanding of various financial assets; Have a good understanding of the functioning of security markets; and More importantly, be able to think logically and systematically. R EQUIRED C OURSE M ATERIALS AND R EADINGS Avenue registration for course content, readings, and case materials http://avenue.mcmaster.ca . Investments : Seventh Canadian Edition, by Z. Bodie, A. Kane, A.J. Marcus, S. Perrakis, P.J. Ryan; McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2011. A Texas Instruments BA II Plus financial calculator is recommended and will be used in class. However, any calculator that performs time value of money functions is acceptable. E VALUATION A combination of lectures, discussion and problem solving. Students will be encouraged to think, analyze, evaluate, and problem-solve, not memorize. Students are expected to come to class on time and be prepared for the class, i.e., to have read the assigned reading and to have done the assigned problems. Your final grade will be calculated as follows: Components and Weights Class Contribution 5% Investment Challenge And Group Report 20 Mid-term Exam 30 Final Exam 45 T OTAL 100% NOTE: The use of a financial calculator is allowed during examinations in this course.
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