FINAN508-21B (HAM)

Investments and Financial Markets

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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: denise.martin@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper will discuss certain advanced topics in investment and financial markets, such as fixed-income securities (including the bond evaluation and the term structure of interest), security analysis (including equity valuation models and financial statement analysis), and derivatives securities (including valuation and trading strategies).

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Paper Structure

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Lectures and workshops

The lectures and workshops will be delivered on campus (The lecture and workshop will be recorded via Panopto and the videos will be available on Moodle after the lecture and workshop). The students are encouraged to attend the on-campus lectures/workshop and use the videos as a tool to review the contents.

To help students’ learning, the lecturer will chunk down the contents of each chapter into multiple sections. Each section will cover one or two specific topics for around 10-20 min long.

The PowerPoint slides are uploaded onto Moodle for students to download before lectures and tutorials. The slides with notes will also be uploaded to Moodle after each lecture (I hope the slides with notes may save student time in copying my notes, so they can concentrate on understanding the course materials during the lectures).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Understand bond valuation and term structure of interest rates [LO1]
    Identify different types of bonds and explain how these bond features (such as the call feature, convertibility and sinking fund provisions) affect bond value and bond yields. Interpret bond ratings and address the major ratios that rating agencies use. Illustrate the term structure of interest rates.
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  • Understand equity valuation and financial statement analysis [LO2]
    Understand and apply the various equity valuation models (e.g., the dividend discount model, the price/earnings ratio model and the free cash flow model) and address the limitations of each of these models. Analyse a firm using the financial statements to perform ratio analysis.
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  • Understand different trading strategies using option contracts [LO3]
    Formulate portfolio management strategies using options and calculate potential profits/losses resulting from various option trading strategies. Understand how to hedge risks, speculate and lock in an arbitrage profit via option contracts.
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  • Understand valuation of option contracts [LO4]
    Calculate option prices using the binomial trees and the Black-Scholes model and identify the factors that affect an option’s value.
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  • Understand trading strategies and valuation of futures contracts [LO5]
    Calculate the daily profit and loss of margin trading arrangements for futures and illustrate the trading mechanics of the margin call. Illustrate determination of futures prices. Address the differences and similarities of forward, futures and options.
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Assessment

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 (pending approval). There is no on-campus final exam. All the assessment components can be completed online.
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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. Online quizzes
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test I
8 Sep 2021
6:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test II
13 Oct 2021
6:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Group Assignment: Stock Portfolio Construction
29 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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, 12th Edition (11th Edition is acceptable). McGraw-Hill Education, 2020.

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Recommended Readings

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Reading List Link.

Please refer to Reading List Link for the recommended textbooks, journal articles, useful websites, and databases.

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Other Resources

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Reference Style

Use the APA Referencing Style. The University of Waikato Library has put together a selection of resources to help you acknowledge your sources properly. http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/study/referencing

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Online Support

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Lecture slides, workshop resources and related teaching materials will be available in Moodle.

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Workload

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The course has 36 (3 X 12) contact hours (lectures and tutorials). The rest of the 150 hours expected workload in this 15-point paper can be distributed as follows: 20 hours to complete the Group Assignment, 20 hours to prepare for and attend the Quizzes, 34 hours to prepare for, and attend Test I and 40 hours to prepare for and attend Test II.

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Prerequisite(s)

Acceptance into the Master of Applied Finance programme.

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