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FIN 3610 Financial Investment Analysis - RE-SIT EXAMINATION


FIN 3610 Financial Investment Analysis - RE-SIT EXAMINATION

Responsible for the course
Knut Sagmo

Department of Finance

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

Professional management and safekeeping of public savings represent a line of business expected to face increasingly higher demands in the years ahead. This development has become all the more clear as more and more governments around the world have delegated to individual citizens the responsibility for looking after the accumulation of capital in their retirement and pension funds. Thus, for future captains of the financial services industry, the importance of understanding firm-specific (micro), as well as economy-wide (macro) determinants of investment returns and risk cannot be overstated.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
Upon completion of the course, students are required to comprehend key concepts and the analytics of financial investment analysis such as

  • expected returns and idiosyncratic as well as portfolio risks
  • how to demonstrate proactive risk-management skills by assuming well-defined positions in financial forwards and futures contracts as well as options contracts in order to hedge an underlying asset portfolio; and
  • how to immunize a portfolio of fixed-income securities (bonds) against fluctuating interest rates.

Acquired skills
Upon completion of the course, students are required to master tasks such as
  • calculating estimates of expected return, risk, and skewness from a series of past returns
  • calculating required rates of return and risk based on various capital asset pricing models
  • calculating duration in order to estimate the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed-income security and a portfolio of securities
  • calculating minimum-variance hedge-positions in stock-index futures and options contracts.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate attitudes compatible with being delegated the responsibility for managing public savings. Such behaviour will eventually manifest itself as behaviour characterized by an uncompromising integrity vis-a-vis clients and supervisory authorities, strict focus on accuracy and records of transactions being executed on behalf of clients, as well as constant surveillance of the development of volatility spirals in financial markets.

The following second year courses in the Bachelor of Finance program:FIN 3502 Securities' Law, FIN 3512 Corporate Finance and FIN 3513 Mathematical Analysis. Or equivalent courses.

Compulsory reading
Bodie, Zvi, Alex Kane, Alan J. Marcus. 2013. Essentials of investments. 9th ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin

Recommended reading
Hirschey, Mark and John Nofsinger. 2010. Investments : analysis and behavior. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin

Course outline
  1. Overview of Financial Markets
  2. Portfolio Theory
  3. Capital Market Theory
  4. Fixed-Income Securities
  5. Futures and Options

Computer-based tools
Excel spreadsheets and basic statistical software.

Learning process and workload
The course consists of 45 lecture hours. Students are recommended to allocate hours of studying as follows:

Attendance during lectures
In-class solving home assignements
Independent reading/ preparation for class
Mandatory three work assignments
Preparation for the final exam

Coursework requirements (no longer mandatory)
During the course three work assignments are electronically distributed on Its learning. Answers to the assignment problems are to submitted electronically, also. Two out of the three assignments must be approved in order to sit for the final examination. In addition, we'll be solving and discussing five home assignments in class. The examination takes place by the end of the lectures series. Further administrative details is provided in class.

Feedback on the assignment problems is provided in two ways:
  1. It's learning sums up and automatically returns to students their overall score upon submission of the answers.
  2. A review of the assignment problems is given during the first class meet following each assignment.

Coursework requirements
At the re-sit examination autumn 2016 and last time spring 2017, the coursework requirements are no longer mandatory.

A five hour individual written exam concludes the course.
Examination code(s)
FIN 36101 Written examination counts 100% towards final grade in FIN 3610 Financial Investment Analysis (7,5 ECTS credits.

Examination support materials
Interest tables and BI approved exam calculator. Examination support materials at written examinations are explained under examination information in the student portal @bi. Please note use of calculator and dictionary in the section on support materials (

Re-sit examination
This course was lectured for the last time autumn 2015. Re-sit examinations will be offered autumn 2016 and last time spring 2017.

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