Financial Economics
Economics 104, Fall 2013
Course Calendar

 

 

 

Reading and Homework Assignments

In this class I lecture and assign reading by modules, rather than week-by-week. This gives you some leeway in developing a reading schedule. It is very important that you try to keep up with the reading - background material is very important in this class. Try to pace yourself through this material. Because I try to use reading material that is very topical, including some material that I write and update every semester, links to the reading material assigned to each module are only made available just before the module begins. That is why at the beginning of the semester there are some dark links on this page. Although I will remind you, try to get into the habit of looking at the links on this page when we start a new module.

Homework assignments are typically not collected nor graded, but we will be discussing them on the dates that they are due. Additionally,
keep all copies of these homework assignments. You may be required to use them on an examination.


Module 1 - Introduction to Equities

September 3 (Tu) September 10 (Tu) : 3 sessions

Introduction to class. Discussion of general investment objectives, strategies, and tactics. NYSE, NASDAQ stocks, reading the quotes, indices, exchanges.

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module


Module 2 Equity Performance

September 12 (Th) September 19 (Th) : 3 sessions

History of the stock market, leverage, classes of stock, electronic trading, some selection and trading strategies

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module


Module 3 Mutual Funds, ETFs, and other exchange traded products

September 24 (Tu) - October 1 (Tu) : 3 sessions

Mutual funds and classifications, fees, performance issues, index funds, portfolio strategies, quotations, online management, exchange traded funds (how they work, classification, as substitutes for mutual funds).

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module

First Examination - Thursday, October 3


Module 4 - Put and Call Options (with a reading segment about retirement accounts)

October 8 (Tu) October 15 (Tu) : 3 sessions

Put and Call Options, trading strategies, writing covered calls, Aruba Options model.

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module


Module 5 - Yield-Bearing Financial Assets (YBFAs)

October 17 (Th ) - November 5 (Tu) : 5 sessions (Fall break, October 23, is during this period)

U.S. Treasury markets, reading the quotes. Bond values and interest rates, indexing formulas, bond mutual funds, corporate YBFAs, strips, zero-coupons, mortgage-backed markets, munis, money market FAs, repos, derivatives, money market funds. CDOs, ABCPs and the credit meltdown of 2007/2008, the remedies since 2009.

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module

Second Examination - Thursday, November 7th


Module 6 Futures Contracts

November 12 (Tu) November 19 (Tu) : 3 sessions

Futures contracts and related derivatives. Hedging strategies. Speculation with futures and arbitrage with futures and other financial assets.

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module


Module 7 - Real Estate

November 21 (Th) December 3 (Tu) : 3 sessions (Thanksgiving is during this period)

Real estate financing, market theory, leverage and dangers of leverage, connection to mortgage pass-thru market, home selection, tax issues, escrow, fees, housing ...

Link to the reading and homework assignments for this module


Module 8 Investment Strategy and Review

December 5 (Th) December 10 (Tu) : 2 sessions

A general discussion of mid-term to long-term investment strategies. Portfolios, diversification, mixed investments, investment goals, avoiding disasters.

There are no reading or homework assignments for this section.

In-class portion of Final Examination - Thursday, December 12th at class time and take-home final distributed on the same day.
Take-home final due Wednesday, December 18 noon at Parsons 1261 (sorry, no email submissions).


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