FINAN202-19B (HAM)

Investments 1

15 Points

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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 asset pricing, efficient portfolio diversification and optimal allocation of assets among different securities. The fundamentals of equity and bond markets as well as portfolio evaluation techniques are introduced.
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Paper Structure

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Main activities of this paper include:

1. Lectures

2. Tutorials

3. Individual assignments

4. Mid-term test

5. Final exam

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Illustrate the basic concepts of investments and explicate the fundamental elements of investment processes. [LO1]
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  • 2. Compute expected return, identify measures of risk and apply the principle of risk-return trade-off. [LO2]
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  • 3. Explain the concept of efficient portfolio diversification, optimal asset allocations and the mechanisms of asset pricing models. [LO3]
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  • 4. Explain the implications of efficient market hypothesis. [LO4]
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  • 5. Explain the concepts of securities markets such as bond and equity markets and apply valuation models of these markets. [LO5]
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  • 6. Evaluate performance of investment portfolios. [LO6]
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Assessment

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The internal assessment for this paper includes one mid-term test and two individual assignments.
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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. Mid-term test
6 Aug 2019
6:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Test
2. Individual Assignment 1
6 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Individual Assignment 2
4 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. 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, Essentials of Investments, 11th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2019.

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Recommended Readings

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For recommended readings and useful websites and databases, please refer to Waikato Reading List of this paper (https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/5D2AFDFE-53B6-9E0F-7581-DE1A30DA1883.html?lang=en-GB).

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Other Resources

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Please contact the Paper Convenor or Administrator for further details.
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Online Support

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All the available resources about this paper will be available in Moodle. The online resources may be updated where necessary.
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Workload

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There are 150 learning hours for this paper. The time is devoted to the following activities:

Attend lectures and tutorials

Read teaching materials

Prepare for and sit the mid-term test

Complete individual assignments

Prepare for and sit the final exam

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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 or FINAN101

Corequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: FINA312, FINA517

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