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Grading Rubric Below is the grading rubric for how final letter grades are assigned: A > 93.33 73.34<= C <= 77.66 90.00 <= A- <= 93.33 70.00<= C- <=73.33 87.67 <= B+ <=89.99 67.67<= D+ <=69.99 83.34 <= B <= 87.66 63.34<= D <=67.66 80.00 <= B- <= 83.33 60.00<= D- <=63.33 77.67<=C+ <=79.99 F <=59.99 View Grades Grades can be viewed on the Blackboard Course Management System for this course at the end of the semester. Course Expectations The objective of this course is to teach you how to think regarding investments and all relevant finance issues. Learning how to think begins with understanding concepts and theories. It is essential to grasp these ideas before attempting to address problem solving. This course is very demanding and will command considerable work on your part; at least 10 hours per week is required. It is expected that you read the assigned chapters before classes. After classes, you should read the chapters again, review lecture notes, and complete weekly homework problems via McGraw-Hill CONNECT. Anything presented or discussed in the chapters that we cover, the exercises, or the lecture is fair game for an exam question. Calculators : I do not recommend purchasing a financial calculator; a simple scientific calculator is sufficient. Please be advised that text calculator will not be permitted during exams unless you show the instructor that you have deleted all text information on it . NO CELL PHONE is permitted to use during the exams. Qualifications : I intend to follow the outline below as much as possible, given weather or other unforeseen events. If for any reason I believe that it is in the best interest of the class, I reserve the right to amend this syllabus during the course of the term. Course Schedule – Topic Outline 4
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1. Financial markets and instruments (Chapter 1, 2) Develop an overview of the financial market Understand the risk and return characteristics of various financial instruments Understand how various market indexes are constructed and the difference between price- weighting and value-weighting 2. Market microstructure and investment companies (Chapter 3,4) Introduce exchange trading system and the OTC market Understand how securities are traded, order execution, bid-ask spread, and best price Understand the structure, function, and investment strategies of various investment companies Compute net asset value, and the return on mutual funds by taking into account various mutual fund fees 3. Risk and return (Chapter 5) Compute various returns over multiple periods Conduct scenario analysis in computing expected return and volatility Understand the trade-off between risk and return Understand asset allocation problem between risky asset and the risk-free asset 4. Portfolio theory and efficient diversification (Chapter 6) Understand diversification Calculate covariance and correlation of returns Identify efficient frontier, minimum variance portfolio, and tangent portfolio Understand asset allocation problem between two or more risky assets 5. Asset pricing models (Chapter 7)
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