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    All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

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    FIN 1001 Principles of Finance
    Introductory survey of the fundamentals of financial management, financial analysis, and the securities markets. Provides a general understanding of financial institutions, terms and rights of stockholders and bondholders, and the corporate financial structure. Covers sources and uses of capital, debt versus equity, present value techniques, valuation, capital asset pricing, risk, return and uncertainty. Prerequisite or corequisite: ACC 1001.

    FIN 1408 Corporate Finance
    Introduction to the principles and techniques of corporate financial management; including financial analysis, pro forma financial statement forecasting, firm value optimization and valuation models, capital structure, stock price valuation, bond pricing and returns, compounding and discounting, cash budgeting, working capital, risk and return, capital budgeting techniques, long-and short-term financing decisions, leverage, dividend policy, the cost of capital. Problems and applications will be utilizing commercially available computer software. Prerequisite: FIN 1001. Prerequisite or corequisite: ACC 1002.

    FIN 2409 Advanced Corporate Finance (Capstone)
    Focuses on the corporate finance function and decision-making process. Examines advanced and specialized topics in finance. Evaluation of capital expenditure proposals, risk/return, diversification, capital structure, investment and financing decisions, capital markets, cash and credit management, mergers, acquisitions, LBOs, and global financial strategies. Lectures and assignments may utilize case presentations and independent research and writing. Prerequisite: FIN 1408. Prerequisite or corequisite: STB 1456.

    FIN 2505 Investment Analysis
    Features and characteristics of available investment opportunities; fundamental principles for choosing sound investment vehicles to meet investor risk/return objectives. Stocks, bonds, warrants, convertibles, preferreds, municipal bonds, governments, options, and futures are defined and analyzed, utilizing fundamental technical and portfolio optimization techniques. Implementation of investment research using PC and mainframe databases and software. Prerequisite: FIN 1001. Prerequisite or corequisite: ACC 1002.

    FIN 2508 Entrepreneurial Finance
    (Same as ENT 2508)

    How entrepreneurs secure financing for their business ventures: sources of funding such as investors, venture capital, SBA loans, asset-based financing, lines of credit. Creation of business plans and loan proposals, development of cash-flow projections, and the evaluation of loan requests by lender/investors. Prerequisite: FIN 1001.

    FIN 2511 Security Analysis
    The role and activities of the equity analyst. Cases and lectures help develop studentsí analytical skills and appreciation of the usefulness and limitations of financial statements. Various approaches to equity valuation are considered. Drawing heavily on out-side readings from respected authors in the fields of finance and securities, students are required to research and produce a detailed report that includes an analysis of a particular industry and several firms within the industry. Prerequisite: FIN 1408 or FIN 2505.

    FIN 2521 Portfolio Management
    Theoretical analysis and practical applications of modern portfolio theory to individual and institutional portfolio management; optimal asset selection and allocation decisions, portfolio mix, and the evaluation of portfolio performance; Markowitz diversification, single and multi-index models, capital market theory, capital asset pricing, arbitrage pricing, fixed-income securities, and options strategies. Implementation of portfolio optimization design utilizing Web/online resources, including databases and software. Prerequisite: FIN 2505. Prerequisite or corequisite: STB 1456.

    FIN 2711 Venture Capital 
    (Same as ENT 2711)

    Past, current, and future state of venture capital. Presents the fundamentals of entrepreneurship while maintaining a strong emphasis on the current state of affairs. Active participation by guest speakers who are prosperous entrepreneurs. Students gain information not found in any textbook to apply to the successful operation of their own businesses. Prerequisite: FIN 1001.

    FIN 3510 Speculative Markets: Futures Markets and Options
    Comprehensive overview of commodities, financial futures, and options on futures. The market microstructure and its evolution, trading applications, and the use of technical and fundamental analysis; exchange operations. Trading mechanics, hedging and speculation, price forecasting, testing and optimizing trading systems, performance spreading, and option pricing theory. Students implement futures pricing, hedging, and valuation using simulation and real-time, Web-based database resources. Prerequisite: FIN 1408 or 2505. Prerequisite or corequisite: STB 1456.

    FIN 3603 International Finance
    Analysis of special topics in international finance, including international capital flows, theories of foreign exchange-rate determinations, Eurocurrency and Eurobond markets, and integration of multinational markets. Prerequisite: FIN 1001.

    FIN 3720 Fixed Income Securities 

    Basic, non-complex, principles of pricing models for fixed income securities.  Public policy issues related to fixed income markets. Securities covered include government securities, municipal debt, corporate and junk bonds as well as some derivatives, mortgage backed and asset backed securities.  

      FIN 3851  Financial Statement Analysis: Methods of communicating information about financing and operating activities of corporations, and techniques for analyzing and evaluating information. Same as ACC 3851.


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