Finance

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Finance

FIN4530 - INVESTMENTS

INVESTMENTS

FIN4530 INVESTMENTS
4 General Credits


This course is designed for students interested in investment or portfolio management. Students explore the simultaneous management of multiple securities, using statistical and other mathematical tools. Topics covered include: risk and return, allocation of risky assets, setting portfolio objectives and strategy, portfolio optimization, risk crafting, and portfolio performance evaluation. Through case studies, investment tools, projects, and readings, students will explore investment and portfolio theory and practice.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall


Prerequisites: SME2021

4 credits

FIN4535 - FIXED INCOME AND STRUCTURED PRODUCTS

FIXED INCOME AND STRUCTURED PRODUCTS

FIN4535 FIXED INCOME AND STRUCTURED PRODUCTS
4 General Credits


This advanced quantitative course is designed for students interested in the sales and trading of fixed income securities and their related structured products, as well as students interested in fixed income portfolio management. Topics covered include: (i) bond pricing and day count conventions; (ii) relative value and yield curve construction; (iii) duration and convexity; (iv) pricing and hedging of interest rate 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. Course enrollment will be limited to enable extensive in-class usage of Bloomberg and other Cutler Center resources.

Prerequisites: SME2021

4 credits

FIN4540 - CORPORATE FINANCIAL STRATEGY

CORPORATE FINANCIAL STRATEGY

FIN4540 CORPORATE FINANCIAL STRATEGY
4 General Elective Credits


With the quickening rate of technological, demographic, institutional, and political change and globalization, managers, consultants, and investment bankers face increasingly turbulent and complex business environments. This course investigates the use of financial instruments and strategies to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and create value. The course explores the relationships among corporate strategy, corporate finance, and financial innovation, and should be of interest to managers who aspire to use financial strategy and tools to support their strategic choices and to those who will be advising corporations on how to achieve their financial goals.

Recommended: ACC3502
Prerequisites: SME2021

4 credits

FIN4545 - ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

FIN4545 ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

4 Advanced Management Credits

This course provides an overview of alternative investments along with several non-traditional investment strategies. It is intended not only for finance and investment professionals, but also for those with an entrepreneurial and disruptor spirit. The course begins with a brief review of traditional investments of publicly traded stocks and bonds along with their limitations and imperfections. Students will then consider alternative investment vehicles such as private equity, venture capital, commodities, income producing real properties, licensing and royalty rights, cryptocurrencies, and social impact investing. We will also consider the move toward ESG investments (environment, social and governance) and their emphasized role in the alternative sphere. Students will analyze case studies involving The Endowment Model for Investing, Fund of Funds, Peer-to-Peer Lending, and Social Impact Investing, culminating in a team based capstone project. The course materials will challenge students to recognize investment anomalies that the marketplace has not recognized. The course will also provide an overview of the material for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Program (CAIA) professional certification. Students will develop a robust knowledge base for careers in portfolio management, investment product development, compliance, consulting, and risk management.

Prerequisites: SME 2021

4 credits

FIN4560 - OPTIONS & FUTURES

OPTIONS & FUTURES

FIN4560 OPTIONS AND FUTURES
4 General Credits

This course is an introduction to options, futures, and other derivative securities. We examine the nature of the instruments, the theory of how they are priced, and strategies in which they are used. Cases address applications in both investment management and corporate finance, covering such topics as risk management, financial engineering, speculation, and arbitrage.

This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall


Recommended: ACC3502
Prerequisites: SME2021

4 credits

FIN4570 - GLOBAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

GLOBAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

FIN4570 GLOBAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
4 General Elective Credits


The central theme of this course is how to manage the finances of a multinational firm. It devotes attention to managing the short-term finances of a multinational, including topics like centralizing cash management, netting, and transfer pricing. It then deals with long-term financial management of the multinational. That section includes capital budgeting in the multinational context, capital structure decisions, and also studies how a multinational can sometimes have a lower cost of capital than a single-country firm of the same size. The third major theme is how the multinational can optimize its relationship with the capital markets, including the national stock markets where its subsidiaries operate. This section includes a discussion of the opportunities created for multinational companies by international portfolio investment. If time permits there will be a section on how to operate in countries with inconvertible or hyperinflationary currencies. The course deals with the international financial environment, meaning topics such as exchange rates, balance of payments, and cross-border capital flows, only to the extent necessary to put the financial decisions for firms operating in more than one currency into proper context.

Prerequisites: SME2021

4 credits

FIN4571 - REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND ADVANCED MODELING

REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND ADVANCED MODELING

FIN4571 REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND ADVANCED MODELING

4 Advanced Management Credits

This course will address the practical and theoretical issues involved in estimating cash flows and values of a wide variety real property, financial interests, investment interests and deal structures using discounted cash flow (DCF) techniques and sensitivity analyses. Students will solve real estate cash flow and DCF problems using models for property, portfolio, debt and equity interests for a variety of commercial real estate property types. Students will learn and apply the detailed modeling applications necessary to estimate both cash flows and values in the world of real estate finance and capital markets. Students will use and learn both Excel and industry standard ARGUS software applications in the process of modeling lease by lease cash flows at the property level, portfolio cash flow consolidations, related debt structures, including first mortgage and mezzanine debt, and equity waterfall structures. ARGUS is a widely accepted unique and complex modeling software that is very frequently required by employers in real estate finance. This course includes explanations of the theoretical issues and concepts involved in these practical applications. This course is intended for students who have an interest in real estate or who desire to expand their knowledge of finance to include real estate.

Prerequisites: FIN3555

4 credits

SME2021 - PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE

SME2021 FINANCE
3 Intermediate Management Credits

SME finance is designed to develop student understanding of the role of finance in the management of a business venture. Effective financial management, whether performed by the general manager in a small business, or by the finance organization in a large corporation, is necessary if a venture is to succeed and grow. A successful financial manager must have skills, abilities, tools, and a theoretical understanding in many areas, including valuation, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, investor expectations regarding risk and return, the cost of investor supplied capital, and financial strategy. Student skills will be developed in all of these areas in the SME finance stream through readings, lectures, class discussions, exercises, and an analytical project. A successful financial manager must also understand the venture's economic environment, its products, services, and market position, its operational capabilities, and its organizational behavior characteristics. The SME finance stream will link financial management analysis and decisions to these other critical functional areas, so the student will understand its part in achieving overall success for the venture.

Prerequisites: ACC1000 and QTM1000

3 credits