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  • FIN 2010. Personal Financial Planning. This course provides an overview of personal financial planning and covers the following topics: budgeting, saving, tax planning, managing credit, home buying, vehicle purchasing, selecting insurance, investing, retirement planning, and estate planning. The practical application of concepts will be emphasized. Four credits. This is a credit/no credit course rather than a graded course.


  • FIN 2881, 3881, 4881. Special Topics. Variable credit. May be repeated.


  • FIN 3010. Financial Management. A study of principles of financing a business enterprise, with the emphasis on the modern corporation. Attention is given to the analyses of the major financial statements as a means to determine the present as well as predicting the future financial condition of a corporation. This information is explained in a cash flow framework in order to determine the value of the firm. The ability of the financial manager to measure and evaluate sources of capital is addressed. The process of using an investment banker to access proper markets, bond and/or stock, is reviewed. Attention is also given to the financial manager’s decision making role in the Capital Budgeting process. Four credits. Prerequisite: ACC 2010.


  • FIN 3020. Investment Analysis. This course emphasizes fundamental security analysis as a tool for debt and equity valuation. The essential financial assets of stocks, bonds, and derivatives are analyzed. The student is exposed to what comprises the essential features of the instrument; the possible rewards, risks, and basic determinants of value. Students learn about margin trading and short selling as well as technical equity analysis. Students participate in a stock market portfolio simulation where they learn how securities are bought and sold, and how security markets operate. Excel is used extensively in the security analysis. Four credits. Fall. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor.


  • FIN 3025. Fixed Income Securities. This course will provide an overview of fixed income markets and instruments within those markets. Focus is on the valuation and analysis of fixed income instruments and the roles of different participants within the fixed income markets. The course is focused on the concepts and tools that are useful to managers and investors who want to use these securities, whether for investing, hedging, market-making, or speculating. This course will cover the mathematical foundation for studying fixed income securities and will thus require a moderate level of quantitative skill. Four credits. Spring, alternate years. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with grade of C or higher, or permission of the instructor.


  • FIN 3030.  Real Estate Investments and Analysis. Investing in real estate includes the purchase of property directly as an individual or with other investors in the stock of publicly traded real estate companies. Specifically, students learn about residential properties, income producing properties, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Real Estate Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Areas of study include market factors, risk-return tradeoff, valuation techniques, financial leverage, tax considerations, and financing alternatives. Excel is used extensively in the asset and security analyses. Additional software such as Argus will also be introduced and used for several analyses. Four credits. Fall. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of the instructor.


  • FIN 3035. Financial Derivatives. This course will introduce students to the basic theory of financial derivatives and their uses in risk management by corporations and individual investors. Emphasis will be on designing specific risk management strategies using financial derivatives such as options, futures, forward contracts and swaps. Topics covered include the historical development and institutional features of the derivatives market, derivatives’ pricing models, arbitrage conditions and hedging strategies. Four credits. Spring, alternate years. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor.


  • FIN 4030. Financial Analysis. The course reviews fundamental financial analysis with an emphasis on corporate budgeting and forecasting of financial data. The student will analyze corporate financial statements, create common-size and pro-forma statements, perform ratio analysis, and interpret the statement of cash flows. The student is exposed to break-even analysis and analyzes the bankruptcy potential of firms through the use of the Altman-Z statistic. Students create detailed cash budgets used to forecast the potential need for funding. Statistical means of forecasting are introduced in the forms of Time Series Analysis and Regression Analysis. Excel is extensively used in all the financial analyses. Four credits. Spring. Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor.


  • FIN 4444. Independent Study. Admission by permission the Chair of Accounting, Finance, and Economics to undertake an assignment planned in advance. One to four credits.


  • FIN 4810-4815. Student Internship. Three, four, six, eight, ten or twelve credits.




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