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FIN 704 Financial Reports Analysis

(Cross-listed as ACC 742)
This course provides a survey of analytical tools and techniques used to evaluate financial statements. Financial and corporate reports are analyzed for solvency, quality of earnings, investments, and forecasting implications. Emphasis is placed on ratio and trend analysis for the detection and interpretation of strengths, weaknesses, and problem areas of the business.
Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621, On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 705 Securities Analysis – Equities

This course focuses on security markets and investment opportunities. Students are exposed to the concepts of market efficiency and risk and return in the context of valuation of equities, fixed income securities, and derivative securities. The objective is to provide a systematic method of analyzing investment portfolios and the effects of diversification and risk management. Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or with the permission of the instructor.
On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 708 Financial Engineering

This course covers the creation of derivative securities to meet financing needs. This course will explore the rapid growth of strategic financial product innovation and securitization precipitated by environmental and intra-firm factors. Chiefly as a solution to risk management, financial engineering will be explored from both the corporate treasurer’s perspective and from the investor’s and speculator’s perspectives. Recent debt, equity, equity-related and derivative innovations will be examined. Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or with the permission of the department chair.
On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 710 Corporate Mergers and Restructuring Strategies

The aim of the course is to provide understanding of the decisional dynamics and valuation consequences of financial, business, and organizational restructuring by corporate credits. The course prepares students to plan, evaluate, and execute corporate restructuring activities.
Prerequisites: 521, 522 & MBA 621. On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 716 International Finance

(Cross-listed as IBU 702)
This course is an analysis of the financial opportunities and risks resulting in global market investment. Topics include determinants of foreign exchange rate and international capital flows; balance of payments analysis techniques; foreign exchange risk management, especially hedging and speculation strategies; the reasons and impact from official intervention; and elements of country risk analysis.
Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or with the permission of the instructor.
On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 717 Investment Analysis Fixed Income and Derivatives

This course analyzes the activities of the financial intermediaries in the marketplace. The course presents a rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis of the money and capital markets, concentrating on the Fixed Income and Derivatives markets. It focuses on the risks and returns associated with investments in those markets, and on how these instruments can be optimally allocated to yield successful portfolio management performance. This course, when combined with FIN 705, presents a complete overview of the global capital markets.
Prerequisite: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or with the permission of the instructor. On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 722 Real Estate Investments

This course covers the theory and measurement of return and risk on real estate loans and equity investments, investment decision making and financing alternatives, techniques of real estate investment financing, evaluation of investment risk and credit quality on selected types of properties and loans. Topics include: site selection, income properties, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial properties, condos and co-ops, leasing valuation and marketing.
Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or with permission of the department chair. On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 725 Money, Banking, and Capital Markets

This course’s main objective is to analyze and understand the principal forces that are shaping the U.S. and world money and capital markets. Money creation, the demand for money, and the relation of money to inflation and financial flows are each examined. Interest rates are analyzed in the context of portfolio choice and their behavior is carefully examined. Emphasis is also placed on the changing role of competitive financial institutions and the effects of these changes on the flow of funds and monetary policy.
Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or with the permission of the department chair. On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 726 International Corporate Finance

(Cross-listed as IBU 708)
This course is an analysis of the financial opportunities, risk, and decision-making processes associated with international operations. Topics include management of translation, transaction and economic exposure; taxation issues; multinational capital budgeting and current asset management; complexities of international performance evaluation and control systems; comparative financial statement analysis; cost of capital; and international financing options. The case method is utilized.
Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522, MBA 621, FIN 716/IBU 702 or permission of the department chair. On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 727 Global Economic Environment of Business

The main goal of this course is to analyze and understand the global economy in which business operates today. Attention centers on the key policy issues and major economic forces that affect business activity and on the tools necessary to evaluate these issues and forces. The tools of analysis include the portfolio approach, post-Keynesian and modern monetarist approaches, rational expectations, and state-of-the-art analysis of saving and investment. The course also explores the role played by U.S. and world financial markets in influencing the domestic and global economic environment. Material in the text will be heavily supplemented by, and integrated with, current events.
Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621. On Occasion, 3 credits

FIN 750 Seminar in Finance

This seminar investigates advanced and timely topics in finance that influence corporate and investor decision making. It also explores major issues that affect financial markets and intermediaries. Topics analyzed will vary according to financial conditions and developments, but may include: systemic risks to the financial system; value at risk; corporate governance; financial engineering; and portfolio rebalancing strategies. Prerequisites: GBA 521, 522 & MBA 621 or permission of the department chair.
On Occasion, 3 credits