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Summer/Autumn 2013
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May 15, 2013

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility

Students complete the Banking concentration by taking three required courses and one elective from the list of courses provided:

FIN 512

COMMERCIAL BANKING

The objective of this course is to analyze the role of commercial banks in the financial system in order to understand the problems and issues confronting bankers now and in the future. The student will learn to measure and evaluate bank performance; understand how banking firms make their money and how this has been changing over time; understand the management of assets and liabilities, the valuation of bank mergers and acquisitions, and how government policy influences the behavior of commercial banking firms. The course applies traditional finance and strategic management concepts to the management of financial institutions. The emphasis will be on developing a toolkit to solve problems not only in commercial banks but also in other financial services firms. The student will develop proficiency in relevant financial concepts, analytical frameworks, data analysis, and techniques in the field of financial economics. The course consists of a blend of lectures, discussions, and case studies. Prerequisite: FIN 555
Prerequisites:
FIN 555 and GSB 420 are prerequisites for this class.

FIN 513

MONEY AND CAPITAL MARKETS

This course analyzes interest rates, foreign exchange rates, federal funds futures market, the operation and regulation of financial institutions, and the impact of Central Bank actions on securities markets and the economy. The educational objective of the course is to provide graduate business students with the opportunity to acquire a thorough understanding of the theoretical and applied concepts that determine the operations of the money and capital markets. When you finish this course you will be able to demonstrate how the release of economic news about the real sector and the conduct of monetary policy influence the pricing of assets (interest rates and foreign exchange rates); measure and evaluate the impact of central bank actions on securities markets and the economy; understand the importance of having an independent central bank for macroeconomic performance; measure and evaluate the price volatility of interest-bearing securities; and understand how central bank monetary and regulatory actions can affect the stability and soundness of financial institutions. This course is designed to achieve maximum student involvement in order to add the greatest amount of value to their graduate educational experience. The emphasis will be on developing a toolkit to solve problems that financial analysts and other researchers encounter in security markets and financial institutions. We desire to become proficient in certain financial market concepts, analytical frameworks, data analysis, and various techniques in the field of financial economics. Accordingly, the course is structured to include extensive reading, several written statistical assignments, and class discussions that are based on the readings. These written assignments have three objectives: to make sure that the reading material has been absorbed in full measure; to serve as the foundation for class discussions; and, to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the substantive class material and the ability to apply this material in ?real world? situations. Prerequisite: FIN 555
Prerequisites:
FIN 555 and GSB 420 are prerequisites for this class.

FIN 523

INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

This course provides an introduction to capital markets and financial instruments and emphasizes on security valuation. It is not a course on personal investing. The course builds on Fin 555 and covers relevant aspects of fixed-income markets, asset pricing, portfolio management, equity markets, and derivatives markets. The course provides background material for both Fin 662 (Derivatives Valuation) and Fin 675 (Cases in Investments and Financial Engineering). Prerequisite: FIN 555
Prerequisites:
FIN 555 and GSB 420 are prerequisites for this class.

FIN 557

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE

This course examines the effect of political and economic factors on the financial decision-making of the firm. The objective of the course is to enable the student to i) utilize the knowledge of the determinants of currency values, and the mechanism through which they work, to forecast changes in currency values ii) to analyze and manage the spectrum of risks arising from a firm?s international operations and iii) to be familiar with how the international financial system works and with the major players in the system. Prerequisite: FIN 555
Prerequisites:
FIN 555 and GSB 420 are prerequisites for this class.

FIN 562

RISK MANAGEMENT

This course examines risk management from a broad enterprise perspective by focusing on the various risks faced by a firm. The course covers various methods that can be used to minimize risk and its effect on firm value. Prerequisite: FIN 555
Prerequisites:
FIN 555 and GSB 420 are prerequisites for this class.

FIN 798

SPECIAL TOPICS

Content and format of this course are variable. In-depth study of current issues in finance. Subject matter will be indicated in class schedule. Offered variably.

FIN 524

FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS

This course provides an introduction to financial statement analysis from a global perspective by focusing on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The emphasis is on the use of company financial reports to evaluate the historical, present, and prospective performance and financial soundness of a company for the purpose of financial decision-making. Prerequisite: FIN 555
Prerequisites:
FIN 555 and GSB 420 are prerequisites for this class.
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