FINAN517-19B (HAM)

Investments, Portfolios and Financial Markets

15 Points

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Division of Management
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces theory and practice related to portfolio decisions of investors. Based on the concept of asset pricing, portfolio construction, risk-return trade-off, it discusses advanced topics in investments. In particular, this paper focuses on portfolio performance evaluation, investment decisions under various macroeconomic condition, industry analysis and international context.

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Paper Structure

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1.Lectures

2.Tutorials

3.Individual Assignment

4.Online Test

5.Group Project

6.Exam

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

    1. Explain fixed income portfolio strategies.

    2. Explain the basics of macroeconomic and industry analysis.

    3. Evaluate the performance of a portfolio manager.

    4. Extend the understanding of diversification to an international context.

    5. Explain the theories of passive and active fund management.

    6. Understand general investment process.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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The assessment includes both individual and group components. To be eligible to pass this paper, students must achieve an overall grade of at least 50% in the whole paper.

Late submission of any assessments will not be accepted unless there are grounds for special consideration which normally means health or bereavement. Special considerations could be applied through the Department Administrator but there is no guarantee for approval.

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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 Test
3 Sep 2019
11:00 AM
15
  • Other: Note test time 11.00am -12.40pm
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Individual Assignment
18 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Group Research
2 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
15
  • 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, Investments, 11th Edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2019.

Reading list: https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/89E45DF1-3D8F-9228-E2BD-288CB8C0810A.html?lang=en-US

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Recommended Readings

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Bodie, Kane, and Marcus, Investments, 10th Edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013.

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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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Moodle is the official communication platform for this paper. All relevant materials and documents will be uploaded to Moodle under Files. Announcements will be posted on Moodle 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 Moodle regularly, as ignorance of these is NOT a valid excuse.

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Workload

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The course has about 35 hours for lectures and tutorials. The rest of the expected workload in this 15-point paper is estimated to be distributed to individual assignment, group research project, and preparing for lectures, tutorials, online test and final exam.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: ECON204 or ECONS205 and FINA201 or FINAN101 or equivalent

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: FINA312, FINAN302

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