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FALL 2017

ADFN 104501  Investments: Stocks, Bonds, Securities Markets
ADFN104501 Syllabus
This course explores tools to better understand the complex financial investments which all investors have access to and must now use to meet their long term financial objectives. In periods of economic and financial uncertainty, financial knowledge is critical to achieving greater financial security. The focus is on two key elements of the investment process: security analysis and portfolio management. Security analysis involves understanding the characteristics of various securities such as stocks, bonds, options, and futures contracts in the marketplace. Portfolio management is the process of combining individual securities into an optimal portfolio tailored to the investor’s objectives and constraints. Familiarity with Introductory Finance is recommended but not required.
ONLINE, Aug 28–Dec 16, Gregory O’Brien
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADAC 104801  Personal Finance: Your Money and How to Use It
ADFN104801 Syllabus
Course provides an overview of all aspects of personal financial management including budgeting, retirement planning, life and health insurance, income taxes, auto and real estate transactions, estate planning and personal investments (stocks, bonds and mutual funds.) Challenging market conditions over the past years, financial, housing and economic crisis, excessive risk taking and the unraveling of Ponzi schemes (such as Madoff) have highlighted the need for all investors to better understand and manage their personal finances in order to make prudent decisions and leverage increasingly sophisticated and complex financial products. Course provides a foundation to further one’s knowledge and understanding of a broad range of personal finance topics.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 28–Dec 11, Vincent Starck

ADFN 304101  Principles of Financial Management
Prerequisite: Financial Accounting or equivalent.
ADFN304101 Syllabus
Introduces financial markets and how they work or crash (as in 2008). Examines how corporations raise capital in the financial markets and decide upon its deployment in the enterprise. Topics treated extensively include the time value of money, valuing bonds, valuing stocks, risk/return/risk management, capital budgeting, financial analysis of corporations, working capital management and international financial management.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, Gul Yanmaz-Karsligil


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