In this course students will be introduced to the modern study and analysis of investments by considering how the investors, namely private and institutional, make their decisions and how their choices can be evaluated. In recent years both markets and securities have evolved to meet the changing and complex needs of different participants in the financial system. In this regard, the course focuses on the knowledge of the major types of markets in which securities trade, on the trading process and on the major players in these arenas. A special attention is devoted to the analysis of the procedures available for trading securities in international markets and to financial regulation and competition. Following a review of the investments industry – financial assets, financial intermediaries and financial markets - we will study the portfolio theory and other relevant models. In particular, the course aims at developing students’ skills on how the international financial markets and investment industry work. At the end of the course students should be able to: - analyse financial markets, financial intermediaries and the most known theoretical models, - understand how investments decisions can be made and their effects on savings. The use of some problem sets will also enable students to apply the concepts learned.
A. ELEMENTS OF INVESTMENTS
1. Investments: Background and Issues
2. Assets classes and financial Instruments
3. Securities markets
4. Mutual Funds and other investment companies
B. PORTFOLIO THEORY
1. Risk and return: past and prologue
2. Efficient diversification
3. Capital Asset Pricing and Arbitrage Pricing Theory
C. SECURITY ANALYSIS
1. Macroeconomic and Industry Analysis
2. Equity Valuation
3. Financial Statement Analysis
D. ACTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
1. Globalization and International Investing
|Bodie, Kane, Marcus||Essentials of Investments||McGraw Hill||2017||978-1-259-25504-5|
This course will be assessed with a written examination which will consist of a multiple choice test both for attending and non-attending students. During the lessons the teacher will provide students with an example test to practice.
Moreover, candidates are given the opportunity to solve an homework assigned by the istructor during the lectures and\or prepare an essay on a topic assigned by the instructor on a specific issue related to the course.
The homework and the essay assessments will be part of the final evaluation.