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Finance

BABSON COLLEGE FUND

FIN7572 Babson College Fund The Babson College Fund is a student-managed portion of the Babson College endowment. The Trustees of the Babson College Fund select graduate and undergraduate students to be portfolio managers. Graduate students may apply to be portfolio managers in the spring of their first year. If selected, students may receive up to six credits for this activity. Further information and applications can be obtained from Professor Rick Spillane (Babson College Fund Office). Prerequisite: Permission of BCF Faculty Director This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

BABSON COLLEGE FUND

FIN7572 Babson College Fund The Babson College Fund is a student-managed portion of the Babson College endowment. The Trustees of the Babson College Fund select graduate and undergraduate students to be portfolio managers. Graduate students may apply to be portfolio managers in the spring of their first year. If selected, students may receive up to six credits for this activity. Further information and applications can be obtained from Professor Rick Spillane (Babson College Fund Office). Prerequisite: Permission of BCF Faculty Director This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

BL1 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

F2F Meeting Dates: October 10th and October 11th FIN7200 Introduction to Financial Management Introduction to Financial Management (FIN) – This course introduces the managerial finance skills required of effective business managers operating in all functional areas of an organization as they seek to create shareholder value. Covers basic corporate finance topics including financial analysis, construction of pro forma financial statements and forecasting cash flows, the relationship between risk and return, the cost of capital, discounting future cash flows, assessing the viability of projects and capital budgeting, financing and capital structure issues, and the valuation of stock, bonds, firms and other entities.

BOS CAPITAL MARKETS

FIN7502 Capital Markets 3 credit elective This course provides an overview of modern capital markets and is intended both for students who are not concentrating in finance (but want to learn more about how markets work) as well as for finance concentrators. The course considers the domestic and the global aspects of capital markets. It begins by studying the basics of fixed income markets, concentrating on determinants of the yield curve and the term structure of interest rates. It then discusses options and other simple derivatives, including their pricing and how they are traded. Corporate, sovereign, and municipal bond markets, including credit default swaps, are studied. We then discuss the interaction between financial markets and financial institutions, including the mortgage markets, mutual funds, commercial banks, investment banks, and hedge funds. The course concludes with equity markets and new electronic equity trading facilities. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN 7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

CAPITAL MARKETS

FIN7502 Capital Markets 3 credit elective This course provides an overview of modern capital markets and is intended both for students who are not concentrating in finance (but want to learn more about how markets work) as well as for finance concentrators. The course considers the domestic and the global aspects of capital markets. It begins by studying the basics of fixed income markets, concentrating on determinants of the yield curve and the term structure of interest rates. It then discusses options and other simple derivatives, including their pricing and how they are traded. Corporate, sovereign, and municipal bond markets, including credit default swaps, are studied. We then discuss the interaction between financial markets and financial institutions, including the mortgage markets, mutual funds, commercial banks, investment banks, and hedge funds. The course concludes with equity markets and new electronic equity trading facilities. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN 7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

CAPITAL MARKETS

FIN7502 Capital Markets 3 credit elective This course provides an overview of modern capital markets and is intended both for students who are not concentrating in finance (but want to learn more about how markets work) as well as for finance concentrators. The course considers the domestic and the global aspects of capital markets. It begins by studying the basics of fixed income markets, concentrating on determinants of the yield curve and the term structure of interest rates. It then discusses options and other simple derivatives, including their pricing and how they are traded. Corporate, sovereign, and municipal bond markets, including credit default swaps, are studied. We then discuss the interaction between financial markets and financial institutions, including the mortgage markets, mutual funds, commercial banks, investment banks, and hedge funds. The course concludes with equity markets and new electronic equity trading facilities. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN 7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

CORPORATE FINANCE I:RAISING CAPITAL

FIN 7511 Corporate Finance I: Raising Capital (Formerly "Financing the Firm") 3 credit elective This course is designed to help students develop analytical tools and skills to build financing strategies and manage the right hand side of the balance sheet. It explores the theoretical and practical issues of capital structure design, considers firm financing alternatives, including equity, long-term debt, hybrid securities, leasing, securitization, project finance, and examines the process through which securities are issued. The course also explores share repurchase, dividend policy, and risk management. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

CORPORATE FINANCE I:RAISING CAPITAL

FIN 7511 Corporate Finance I: Raising Capital (Formerly "Financing the Firm") 3 credit elective This course is designed to help students develop analytical tools and skills to build financing strategies and manage the right hand side of the balance sheet. It explores the theoretical and practical issues of capital structure design, considers firm financing alternatives, including equity, long-term debt, hybrid securities, leasing, securitization, project finance, and examines the process through which securities are issued. The course also explores share repurchase, dividend policy, and risk management. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

CORPORATE FINANCE II:EVAL OPPORTUNITIES

FIN 7516 Corporate Finance II: Evaluating Opportunities (Formerly "Strategic Corporate Investment") 3 credit elective Students registering for this course may not have already taken FIN7506 Financial Tools for Business Managers. Credit will not be granted for both courses. This course is designed for those interested in evaluating complex long-term strategic investment proposals and valuing firms and subsidiaries for merger and acquisition purposes. Building on the foundation of the finance core, it explores finance theory to identify pitfalls, common mistakes, and best practices in corporate valuation. It expands valuation skills by introducing the equity approach and the adjusted present value (APV) valuation method, the preferred approach when capital structure is changing over time(e.g. in private equity transactions). It also covers the identification and valuation of real options embedded in strategic initiatives. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 OR FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

CORPORATE FINANCE II:EVAL OPPORTUNITIES

FIN 7516 Corporate Finance II: Evaluating Opportunities (Formerly "Strategic Corporate Investment") 3 credit elective Students registering for this course may not have already taken FIN7506 Financial Tools for Business Managers. Credit will not be granted for both courses. This course is designed for those interested in evaluating complex long-term strategic investment proposals and valuing firms and subsidiaries for merger and acquisition purposes. Building on the foundation of the finance core, it explores finance theory to identify pitfalls, common mistakes, and best practices in corporate valuation. It expands valuation skills by introducing the equity approach and the adjusted present value (APV) valuation method, the preferred approach when capital structure is changing over time(e.g. in private equity transactions). It also covers the identification and valuation of real options embedded in strategic initiatives. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 OR FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

EQUITIES

FIN 7503 Equities (Formerly "Equity Portfolio Management") 3 credit elective This course will address both theoretical and practical issues that arise in equity valuation and portfolio management. Students will develop a framework for understanding the following: basic valuation techniques (e.g. absolute and relative multiples (COMPCO), Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), and Dividend Discount Model (DDM)), modern portfolio theory, equity portfolio construction, passive versus active management, investing styles, and performance measurement. In addition, a portion of the course involves analysis of issues in Private Equity. These include: analysis of equity swaps quantitative investing and LBO transactions. Equity valuation and equity portfolio management are as much art as science and we will focus on the challenges equity professionals face in the pursuit of alpha. As part of the course, students will manage a "paper portfolio" in which they will design an investment strategy, execute that strategy and complete a performance attribution on the results. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

EQUITIES

FIN 7503 Equities (Formerly "Equity Portfolio Management") 3 credit elective This course will address both theoretical and practical issues that arise in equity valuation and portfolio management. Students will develop a framework for understanding the following: basic valuation techniques (e.g. absolute and relative multiples (COMPCO), Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), and Dividend Discount Model (DDM)), modern portfolio theory, equity portfolio construction, passive versus active management, investing styles, and performance measurement. In addition, a portion of the course involves analysis of issues in Private Equity. These include: analysis of equity swaps quantitative investing and LBO transactions. Equity valuation and equity portfolio management are as much art as science and we will focus on the challenges equity professionals face in the pursuit of alpha. As part of the course, students will manage a "paper portfolio" in which they will design an investment strategy, execute that strategy and complete a performance attribution on the results. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

FINANCE

FINANCE FOR NEW VENTURES

FIN7525 Finance for New Ventures 3 credit elective FIN7525 is meant for entrepreneurs and small business owners that want a detailed understanding of the financial implications of strategic decisions as they start and grow their ventures. The focus is on forecasting integrated financial statements, valuation, and deal structure. The course covers equity investment (angels and VCs) from both the entrepreneur’s and investor’s perspectives, including pre- and post-money value, capitalization tables, dilution, and liquidation preferences. The impact of debt financing on financial statements and returns is also covered. Valuation methods include discounted cash flow, multiples, and the VC method. Risk management techniques incorporating staging, milestones, real options, and simulation are used to better assess uncertainty and then structure transactions to mitigate risk. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200

FINANCING AND VALUING SUSTAINABILITY

FIN7517 Financing and Valuing Sustainability 3 credit elective This course will examine the concepts of 'going green' and sustainability in the context of finance and value creation. Students will analyze sustainable technologies, strategies, and business models from the perspective of managers, entrepreneurs, and investors. Basic financial tools such as discounted cash flow, capital budgeting, capital structure, and risk/return will be used to evaluate the feasibility and financial implications of 'sustainable' products and practices in a variety of industries and applications. This course is typically offered in the Spring Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200

FIXED INCOME

FIN 7513 Fixed Income (Formerly "Fixed Income Portfolio Management") 3 credit elective This advanced quantitative course is designed for students interested in fixed income portfolio management, as well as students interested in the sales and trading of fixed income securities and their related structured products. Topics covered include: (i) bond pricing and day count conventions; (ii) relative value and yield curve construction; (iii) duration, basis point value, and convexity; (iv) pricing and hedging of interest rate currency swaps; (v) Treasury bond futures, conversion factors, and the concepts of cheapest-to-deliver and implied repo; (vi) the repo (GC and special) market; (vii) credit risk and the pricing of high yield bonds and credit default swaps; and (viii) securitization, mortgage-backed securities, and collateralized mortgage obligations. Prerequisite: Evening: FIN7000 or MBA8510 or FIN7200 Fast Track: MBA7335 or (ECN7201 and MIS7200) One Year: MBA7210 or FIN7200 Two Year: MBA7320 or FIN7302 or FIN7200 This course is typically offered in the Fall.

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

FIN7200 Introduction to Financial Management Introduction to Financial Management (FIN) – This course introduces the managerial finance skills required of effective business managers operating in all functional areas of an organization as they seek to create shareholder value. Covers basic corporate finance topics including financial analysis, construction of pro forma financial statements and forecasting cash flows, the relationship between risk and return, the cost of capital, discounting future cash flows, assessing the viability of projects and capital budgeting, financing and capital structure issues, and the valuation of stock, bonds, firms and other entities. FIN7200 will meet for 7 face-to-face sessions, plus a Saturday session on Saturday, March 28 from 1:00PM-5:00PM. Please note: FIN7200 will be offered in Spring 2015 (not Summer 2015). FIN7200 is part of Cluster E. Cluster E courses consist of standalone courses that can be taken while enrolled in Clusters A - D. ACC7200 is a prerequisite for FIN7200. FIN7200 is a prerequisite for Cluster F MOB7202 and MBA7201. FIN7200 is equivalent to FIN7000 Managerial Finance or MBA8510 Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance.

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

FIN7200 Introduction to Financial Management (FIN) (2 Credits) This course introduces analytical approaches to estimate the shareholder value impact of tactical and strategic managerial decisions, methods to raise capital to fund those initiatives, and financial securities used to hedge corporate risks.

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

FIN7200 Introduction to Financial Management (FIN) (2 Credits) This course introduces analytical approaches to estimate the shareholder value impact of tactical and strategic managerial decisions, methods to raise capital to fund those initiatives, and financial securities used to hedge corporate risks.

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

FIN7200 Introduction to Financial Management (FIN) (2 Credits) This course introduces analytical approaches to estimate the shareholder value impact of tactical and strategic managerial decisions, methods to raise capital to fund those initiatives, and financial securities used to hedge corporate risks.
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