Finance (FIN)

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Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: ACCT 284, ECON 101, STAT 226
Introduction to financial management with emphasis on corporate financing and investment decision making, time value of money, asset valuation, capital budgeting decision methods, cash budgeting, and financial markets.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: FIN 301
Theory used in a firm's investment and financing decisions. Analysis of environment in which financial decisions are made; applications of analytical techniques to financial management problems.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: FIN 301
Introduction to securities and markets from the viewpoint of the individual investor. Emphasis on mechanics of trading, measurement of return and risk, behavior of security prices, valuation of stocks and bonds, mutual funds, portfolio selection techniques, and performance evaluation.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 301
Valuation of fixed income securities, including pricing conventions, term structure of interest rates, default, duration, and hedging of interest rate risk with derivatives. Analysis of bond market sectors, including treasury, agency, corporate, sovereign, municipal, and residential mortgage bonds.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: FIN 301
Introduction to the structure and operations of the United States financial system and its markets and institutions. Emphasis on developing an integrated understanding of markets and financial service providers including global linkages.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: ECON 101
Risk concepts and the use of insurance by individuals and families. Emphasis on the insurance mechanism and methods of dealing with income, property, and liability risks.

(3-0) Cr. 3. SS.

Prereq: ECON 101
Legal, economic, social and financial aspects of real estate, including property rights, contracts, mortgage instruments, tax factors, brokerage, valuation, risk and return analysis, financing techniques, and investments.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 301
In depth study of the firm's external financing decision. Emphasis on the development of cash flow statements, projected financing needs and the selection of the appropriate financing instrument. Focus on case studies and application of developed techniques on actual field project.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 320 and STAT 326
Advanced study of pricing and using derivatives - instruments deriving value from fundamental items such as commodities, currency exchange rates, market indices, equities and bonds. Addresses basic building blocks of derivatives (i.e., forwards, futures, options and swaps) and relevant current topics and issues.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: FIN 320, STAT 326 and permission of instructor
Advanced study of security analysis, security selection techniques and portfolio management. Emphasis on the applications of methods learned via the selection and evaluation of a portfolio of actual securities purchased in securities markets in the U.S. or abroad. Tracking and periodic reporting of the portfolio's performance relative to standard benchmarks is also required.

(Dual-listed with FIN 528). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 327, FIN 320, STAT 326
Advanced analysis of fixed income markets and securities, including valuation and trading of treasury securities, corporate bonds, mortgage backed securities. Analysis of structured financial securities, including CDO, CMBS, and ABS. Analysis of active and passive investment strategies for managing fixed income portfolios. Students are required to manage a fixed income portfolio for an institutional investor. A top-down approach to portfolio management is assumed, with active bets taken on market direction, duration, yield curve, and credit spreads.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: FIN 310, FIN 320, STAT 326
An advanced investments class that focuses on alternative investments. Topics include techniques for valuing public and private firms, venture capital finance, investment banking, private equity finance, leveraged buyouts, hedge funds, the structure and financing of mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: STAT 326; and FIN 330 or ECON 353
Analysis of operations of depository financial institutions from management viewpoint. Emphasis on evaluating performance, policy formation, asset and liability management, the role of capital, and the operating environment.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: FIN 301 and STAT 326
Analysis of an organization's approaches to the management of price, credit, and pure risk. Emphasis on the consideration and selection of risk control and financing treatments and the decision making framework underlying the alternatives selected. Covers commercial insurance, self-insurance, and alternative financing arrangements.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 301 and STAT 326
Introduction to the techniques of assessing the value of real estate and real estate financing instruments.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: FIN 301, FIN 371
Introduction to theories and methods of investment analysis applied to real estate. Studies cash flow analysis, alternative measures of investment performance, the impact of the financing decision on real estate investment risks and return, and various real estate financing techniques. Covers cases involving more complex financing and capital markets tools used in real estate.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: FIN 301, FIN 320 or FIN 330
Advanced study of currency market equilibrium, use and analysis of currency derivatives, hedging currency risk, and additional topics, which could include multinational capital budgeting, taxation, raising capital internationally, international portfolio diversification, international capital market equilibrium, political and country risk, financing international trade, multinational corporate treasury management, and current issues.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.

Prereq: FIN 301, STAT 326 and permission of instructor

(3-0) Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: GPA 2.5; permission of internship coordinator; STAT 326; FIN 499A: FIN 330; FIN 499B: FIN 361; FIN 499C: FIN 301 plus 3 additional credits in finance; FIN 499D: FIN 320; FIN 499E: FIN 310
Supervised experience in a private sector banking, insurance, real estate, investments or corporate organization or in a governmental agency that regulates such organizations. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: GPA 2.5; permission of internship coordinator; STAT 326.
Supervised experience in a private sector banking, insurance, real estate, investments or corporate organization or in a governmental agency that regulates such organizations. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: GPA 2.5; permission of internship coordinator; FIN 361 and STAT 326
Supervised experience in a private sector insurance organization or in a governmental agency that regulates such organizations. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: GPA 2.5; permission of internship coordinator; FIN 301 plus 3 additional credits in finance and STAT 326;
Supervised experience in a private sector real estate organization or in a governmental agency that regulates such organizations. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: GPA 2.5; permission of internship coordinator; FIN 320 and STAT 326
Supervised experience in a private sector investment organization or in a governmental agency that regulates such organizations. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: GPA 2.5; permission of internship coordinator; FIN 310 and STAT 326
Supervised experience in a private sector corporate organization or in a governmental agency that regulates such organizations. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Enrollment in MBA program or departmental permission.
Shareholder wealth maximization as the goal of the firm within a social responsibility context, financial Math, valuation of securities, the global financial market place as the test of value, estimation of cost of capital, global capital investment decisions, capital structure policy, working capital management.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501
Examines corporate financial decisions, including theory and associated empirical evidence. Topics include agency conflicts, corporate governance, executive compensation, becoming publicly traded, raising capital through public and private offerings, capital structure, financial distress and bankruptcy, leasing, dividend policy, corporate control, restructuring, and risk management.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501
This course focuses on case studies to develop an integrated set of financial decisions. Topic areas include fixed asset, working capital, capital structure, dividend and merger/acquisition decisions. The objective of the course is to examine different firm settings and establish a framework within which to apply financial tools.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501
Analysis of risk and return for individual securities and portfolios of securities. Topics include the market environment, mechanics of trading, measurement of return and risk, valuation of stocks and bonds, mutual funds, optimal asset allocation, market efficiency, portfolio performance evaluation, and risk management.

(Dual-listed with FIN 428). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 327, FIN 320, STAT 326
Advanced analysis of fixed income markets and securities, including valuation and trading of treasury securities, corporate bonds, mortgage backed securities. Analysis of structured financial securities, including CDO, CMBS, and ABS. Analysis of active and passive investment strategies for managing fixed income portfolios. Students are required to manage a fixed income portfolio for an institutional investor. A top-down approach to portfolio management is assumed, with active bets taken on market direction, duration, yield curve, and credit spreads.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501
Valuation of public and private firms through analysis of financial statements and other information. Study of drivers of value creation, industry analysis, patterns of growth, models for forecasting and analyzing firm cash flows, estimating and adjusting cost of capital, alternative methods of cash flow valuation, the calculation and use of valuation multiples, and valuing mergers and acquisitions.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: Graduate classification
An applied course in derivative markets. Topics covered include futures and options markets, option pricing, swaps, use and rating of insurance products, and alternative forms of reinsurance. Emphasis will be placed on agricultural commodity markets, but energy, interest, currency and stock index contracts will also be covered.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501
Advanced investments class focusing on alternative investments. Topics include the nature and scope of investment banking, techniques for valuing public and private firms, venture capital finance, private equity finance, leveraged buyouts, hedge funds, the structure and financing of mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501, ECON 571
Analysis, modeling, and forecasting of time series data, volatility modeling and forecasting, maximum likelihood estimation, robust standard error computation, specification testing, estimation under alternative distributional assumptions, and Monte Carlo simulation. Applications include tests of asset pricing models, analysis of asset volatility, corporate event studies, and value at risk analysis.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: FIN 501, FIN 534
Risk management tools and how they are applied within financial institutions and the corporate enterprise. Focus on measuring exposure to stock market risk, interest rate risk, currency risk, and credit risk and how these exposures may be managed. Topics include bank risk management regulations, volatility modeling, value at risk analysis, extreme value theory, credit default swaps, and portfolio simulation.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: MBA Core
Survey of techniques for assessing the value of real estate assets. Introduction to real estate financing instruments, their use and appropriateness.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
For students wishing to do individual research in a particular area of finance.