FINA312-18A (HAM)

Portfolios and Markets

20 Points

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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces fundamental concepts related to portfolio decisions of individual and institutional investors. Based on the concept of risk-return trade-off, it discusses the techniques and implications of efficient portfolio diversification and the allocation of assets among different securities.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures and tutorials. Lecture and tutorial rooms are shown below. Lecture notes, announcements and other paper materials are provided through Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Explain how financial assets are categorized and identify types of financial instruments.
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  • 2. Explain how financial securities are traded and define some market terminology.
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  • 3. Compute returns and measures of risk.
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  • 4. Explain the concept of diversification, efficient portfolios, and the mechanisms of valuation models.
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  • 5. Determine undervalued and overvalued securities.
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  • 6. Evaluate performance of investment portfolios.
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  • 7. Differentiate active versus passive portfolio management techniques.
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Assessment

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The assessment includes an online test, two assignments and a project. To be eligible to pass this paper, students must achieve an overall grade of at least 50% in the whole paper.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test
9 Mar 2018
12:00 AM
5
2. Assignment 1
23 Mar 2018
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 2
27 Apr 2018
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Project
25 May 2018
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Bodie, Kane, and Marcus, Investments, 10th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2014

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Recommended Readings

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Timothy R. Mayes and Todd M. Shanks, Financial Analysis with Microsoft Excel, 5th ed., Cengage, 2010. This book is helpful if you need help with Microsoft Excel. It is very basic and also illustrates finance concepts as you learn Excel. Other instructors have recommended similiar books and you are welcome to use those books instead.

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Online Support

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MyWeb is the official communication platform for this paper. All relevant materials and documents will be uploaded to MyWeb under Files. Announcements will be posted on MyWeb from time to time to inform you of important notices, updates and other development pertaining to this paper. It is your responsibility to check these Announcements and updates via MyWeb regularly, as ignorance of these is NOT a valid excuse.
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Workload

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The course has 35 contact hours (24 hours for lectures and 11 hours for tutorials). The rest of the 200 hours expected workload in this 20-point paper is estimated to be distributed as follows. Assignments and project: 65 hours. Preparing for lectures, tutorials and final exam: ­100 hours.


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Linkages to Other Papers

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Note any linkages to other papers where the linkage is of importance.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: FINA201

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: FINA517

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