FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

for F2T 2012

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FI 417 Investment Analysis & Management


F2T 2012 DL


Tovbin, Paul


Adjunct Faculty


PhD in International Economics, MBA in finance

Office Location

Virtual and San Francisco

Office Hours


Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Essentials of Investments, 8th edition (2010)
ISBN:  9780077339180
Authors: Bodie, Kane and Marcus
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin

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Course Description:
FI417 Investment Analysis and Management: A study of investment alternatives, selection criteria, and portfolio management. Emphasis is placed on economic, financial, and market factors which affect the values of alternative investments, while studying risk management associated with investment management. Prerequisite: FI360 or permission of the instructor. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform research on securities.
  2. Define the theoretical and practical application of investing in portfolios.
  3. Define the workings of investment funds and securities markets.
  4. Explain the relationship between current events and investments.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Each student is responsible for completing:

*Weekly reading assignments
*Weekly discussion questions- (DQs) based on the assigned readings
*Weekly problem solving
*Portfolio Project
*Proctored comprehensive final exam



Weekly Discussion Questions

70 points (10 points/week)

Weekly Problems

70 points (10 points/week)

Portfolio Updates

35 points (5 points/week)

Portfolio Performance

10 points total



Final Exam

100 points total

Self Check Quizzes

Non graded


310 points

Grading Scale

A = 90- 100%

>279 pts

B = 80-89%

248-278 pts

C = 70-79%

217-277 pts

D = 60-69%

186-216 pts

F = < 60%

<186 pts

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Check with instructor

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students to conduct themselves in a respectful and pleasant manner in a way that promotes learning.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1
Investment Setting and Environment.
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question,
Complete weekly problem assignment.
Self check quiz.

Week 2
Investment setting and Environment continued.
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question.
Complete weekly problem assignment.
Submit initial portfolio
Self check quiz.

Week 3
Portfolio Management and Portfolio theory (CAPM, beta, market efficiency, diversification, behavior finance)
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question.
Complete weekly problem assignment.
Update portfolio
Self check quiz.

Week 4
Portfolio Management and Portfolio theory continued (CAPM, beta, market efficiency, diversification, behavior finance )
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question
Complete weekly problem assignment.
Update portfolio
Self check quiz.

Week 5
Valuation of fixed income securities (bond valuation and bond portfolio management).
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question
Complete weekly problem assignment.
Update portfolio
Self check quiz.

Week 6
Equity Valuation and AYechnical analysis.
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question
Comlete weekly problem assignment.
Update portfolio
Self check quiz.

Week 7
Introduction to Options and Futures.
Complete weekly end of chapter discussion question.
Complete weekly problem assignment.
Update portfolio
Self check quiz.

Week 8
Introduction to international markets, investing, and risk.
Submit Portfolio Assignment
Self check quiz.
Complete Proctored Comprehensive Final Exam

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Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

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