MBA641 Fixed Income Securities

for S2P 2013

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MBA 641 Fixed Income Securities


S2P 2013 DL


Iman Adeinat, Ph.D


Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Kansas City

Office Hours

Email from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Semester Dates

March 18, 2013 - May 12, 2013

Class Days


Class Time



MBA 615 and MBA 640 (Formerly FI 641)

Credit Hours


Fabozzi, Frank (2012). Bond Markets, Analysis and Strategies (8th Edition). Pearson. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-274354-9

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Course Description:
MBA 641 Fixed Income Securities: This course is rigorous study of fixed income securities, including default-free bonds, floating rate notes, and corporate bond. Closely related financial instruments such as forwards and futures on fixed income securities, bond options, and interest rate swaps are also examined, in addition to analyzing specific types of fixed income securities, there will be an examination of the tools used in bond portfolio management. Prerequisites: MBA 615 and MBA 640 (Formerly FI 641)

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate, through application, a thorough working knowledge of the analysis of fixed income securities.
  2. Analyze basic characteristics of bonds in alternative sectors, valuation tools, and the factors that influence bond yields.
  3. Estimate risk and returns for fixed income investments, analyze fixed income securities with unique features, and value fixed income investments with embedded options.
  4. Evaluate principles and techniques of risk management for a portfolio of fixed income securities.
  5. Analyze the determinants of interest rate levels and term-structure.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Discussion Questions (20%)

Students are to select two discussion questions from those provided each week and provide thoughtful answers and post their response by midnight Thursday. In addition the students have to comment on at least two original postings from another student by 6:00pm CT Sunday night.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Initial post made by Thursday midnight 5
Comment on another student posting by 6:00pm CT Sunday night 5
Posts are substantive, contain critical thinking, experiences, and add to the ongoing discussion 10
Writing is clear, concise, free of errors, and follow the APA format. All sources are cited 2
Total 25


Homework Assignment (17.5%)

Each week students are required to complete an individual assignment. The assignment will consist of selected problems from your textbook. Students are required to show their work and to submit their assignment to the appropriate Dropbox each week.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
All questions and or problems are answered completely 10
Clearly show all work to justify answers 5
Ninety percent of the work or more is correct 5
Writing is clear, concise, free of errors, and follow the APA format. All sources are cited 5
Total 25


Exams (10% each exam)

There will be three exams. All exams contain mainly short essay questions, short numerical problems and multiple choices. The exams will stress the most important material covered in class.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Exam-Part I-Multiple-Choice questions:
Correct response to multiple choice questions 50
Exam-Part II-Short essay and application questions
All questions and or problems are answered completely 20
Clearly show all work to justify answers 20
Clearly show all work to justify answers 10
Total 100


Final Term Project (32.5%)

There will be a final term project that involves analyzing and writing up a comprehensive report on one case. The purpose of this project is to describe in detail the risk characteristics of a bond Portfolio.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
All questions provided at the end of the case are analyzed. The submitted report describes in detail the risk characteristics of the 50-bond Portfolio 100
The content is comprehensive, accurate, and/or persuasive 100
Clearly show all work to justify answers 50
Writing is clear, concise, free of errors, and follow the APA format. All sources are cited 50
Project submitted for grade by Sunday midnight. 25
Total 325



Point Distribution and Grading Scale

Activity Points
Discussion (25 points each x 8) 200
Homework (25 points each x 7) 175
Exams (100 points each x 3) 300
Final Term Project 325
Total 1000


Grading Scale

A = 100-90% = 900 - 1000 points
B = 89-80% = 800 - 899 points
C = 79-70% = 700 - 799 points
D = 69-60% = 600 - 699 points
F = less than 60% = less than 600 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Points will be deducted for late assignments. Late assignment will be penalized at the rate of 10% per day, unless a plausible and documented excuse is presented. In addition, unless there is a reason beyond your control, e.g. automobile accident, medical excuse, you are expected to take the exam with the rest of the class. If you are not going to meet the due date, you must notify me before the scheduled exam time if you wish to be eligible for a make-up and you must present a documented proof (e.g. a doctor’s/hospital note) for your absence. If you are eligible for a make-up exam, it will be rescheduled.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Etiquette

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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week #


Class Activities


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Pricing of Bonds

Chapter 3: Measuring Yield

Assignment 1


Chapter 4: Bond Price Volatility

Assignment 2


Chapter 5 – Factors Affecting Bond Yields and the Term Structure of Interest Rates

Chapter 6 – Treasury and Federal Agency Securities

Assignment 3

Exam 1


Chapter 7 – Corporate Debt Instruments

Chapter 8 – Municipal Securities

Chapter 9 – International Bonds

Assignment 4


Chapter 22 – Bond Portfolio Management Strategies

Chapter 23 – Bond Portfolio Construction

Assignment 5

Exam 2


Chapter 26 – Interest-Rate Futures Contracts

Assignment 6


Chapter 28 – Interest-Rate Swaps, Caps, and Floors

Assignment 7


Final Term Project
Exam 3

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