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1000. Contemporary Issues in Finance

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to freshmen and sophomores, others with consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

The world of business has changed. No longer can we refer to the cliche "business as usual". Today's business world is a complex, challenging and exciting place. Each section of the course will capture some aspect of this challenge and excitement. Students will be exposed to undercurrents that challenge and perplex today's managers and executives around the world. May be repeated for credit in different section in combination with BADM 1801 or MGMT 1801 up to a maximum of three credits.

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3101. Financial Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ACCT 2001; ECON 1200 or both ECON 1201 and ECON 1202; MATH 1070 and MATH 1071, or MATH 1131 and MATH 1070 or MATH 1132, or MATH 1125, MATH 1126 and MATH 1132 or MATH 1070; STAT 1000 or STAT 1100; open to Business majors with 40 or more credits. Not open after passing FNCE 4302, FNCE 4209, FNCE 4302, FNCE 4304, FNCE 4305, FNCE 4306, FNCE 4307, FNCE 4308, FNCE 4309, FNCE 4410, FNCE 4420, FNCE 4430, FNCE 4450.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introductory examination of how a business plans its needs for funds, raises the necessary funds, and invests them to attain its goals.

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3230. Real Estate Principles

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of the personal, social and business aspects of real estate. Emphasis on home purchase decisions, location analysis, market characteristics and investment decision-making.

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3302. Investments and Security Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 for Business majors, or MATH 3650 for Math-Actuarial Science-Finance majors; open to junior or higher Business and Math-Actuarial Science-Finance majors. Not open for credit after passing or currently taking FNCE 3303, 4308, 4309.

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of the nature of securities, the mechanics and costs of trading, and the way in which the securities markets operate. Risk-return analysis will be applied in making decisions to buy or sell stocks, bonds and options. The semester-long project requires the student to follow and analyze the performance of individual stocks and a portfolio of investments including stocks, bond, options, and futures. Written analysis is required.

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3303. Principles of Investments and Derivatives

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open to juniors or higher. Not open for credit after passing or currently taking FNCE 3303.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of the general principles of investing to a wide range of assets including bonds, stocks, and derivatives. Various models are used to price fundamental assets such as bonds and stocks as well as derivative securities such as options and future contracts. Written analysis is required. Offered only at the Hartford, Waterbury, and Stamford Regional Campus locations for students admitted to business major programs offered only at those locations.

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3332. Real Estate Investments

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 or 3230 or BADM 3730; open only to business majors of junior or higher status. Not open for credit to students who have passed FNCE 3336

Grading Basis: Graded

Risk-return analysis for alternate types of real estate investments. Techniques and applications of investment decision-making and value estimation. Lease analysis, cash flow, forecasting, appraisal techniques, discounted cash flow modeling, portfolio management, and equity securitization including real estate investment trusts.

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3333. Real Estate Finance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 or FNCE 3230 or BADM 3730; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Investment characteristics of mortgages and the structure and operation of mortgage markets -- both primary and secondary, including the role of securitization. Risk and return characteristics of various mortgage instruments, both residential and commercial, are analyzed from the perspective of both the borrower and lender. Tools for measuring and managing the risks of portfolios of mortgages and mortgage-backed securities are introduced.

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3334. Real Estate Markets and Valuation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 or FNCE 3230 or BADM 3730; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

The economic drivers of real estate activity and how those drivers are evaluated and valued within the established real estate markets. The primary emphasis is on residential real estate but the course will consider aspects of commercial real estate. The valuation of single-family houses and small income properties will be considered. Factors such as location, demographic (including economic) factors, political (including zoning and land use regulations), ownership rights, and capitalization rates are considered relative to valuation.

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3335. Commercial Real Estate Appraisal

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3302, 3332 or 3334; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Commercial real estate appraisal and an overview of the three traditional approaches to real property valuation - the cost approach, the sales comparison approach and the income capitalization approach. Provides an overview of practices emphasized by the Appraisal Institute and how valuation work is completed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. A case appraisal of a small commercial property is an essential part of this course.

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3336. Real Estate: A Practical Approach

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3332; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides students with practical, high-level, tactical and strategic real estate concepts. Students must decide whether to invest in real property, analyze the income from various real estate developments, learn the art of negotiation, explore the costs of maintaining a building, and devise strategies to protect their interests in a complex business partnership.

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3715. Personal Finance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended Preparation: completion of a college level math course is strongly recommended.

Grading Basis: Graded

Designed to provide students with practical financial management skills that will enable them to identify their personal financial goals, and to plan and make financial decisions that will help them reach those goals. Topics include budgeting, investing, effective use of cash and credit, taxes, insurance, housing and automobile purchases, and retirement planning.

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4209. Applications in Financial Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 (BUSN majors) or MATH 3650 (Math-Act Sci-Finance majors); open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science-Finance majors of junior or higher status. Recommended preparation: OPIM 3103.

Grading Basis: Graded

An intermediate level course using cases i.e., problems faced by actual firms, to teach students how to apply financial management concepts and techniques to real-world situations.

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4301. Advanced Issues in Security Valuation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; FNCE 3302 or 3303; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Valuation of an investment through assessing a company's ability to produce free cash flow, maintain a consistent return on capital and reinvest capital effectively over time; interpretation of financial and management practices; evaluation of the psychological framework and investment thought process that is useful in the analysis of the physical, intellectual and emotional factors related to valuing an investment.

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4302. Fixed Income Securities

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 (BUSN majors) or MATH 3650 (Math-Act Sci-Finance majors); open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science-Finance majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides an understanding of the common types of fixed income securities and their valuation, the major risks associated with investing in fixed income securities, the standard measures of those risks and approaches to managing those risks. In addition the basics of modeling interest rate processes and valuing securities with embedded options will be introduced.

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4303. Advanced Issues in Asset Allocation and Portfolio Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; FNCE 3302 or 3303; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Valuation of a business including models such as discounted cash flows, relative metrics, contingent claim valuation and liquidation value; evaluation of specific business models that companies pursue to create competitive advantage including toll gate positioning, segregation vs. integration, and organic vs. mechanistic strategies.

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4304. Financial Derivatives and Risk Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Applications of financial structuring and engineering with particular attention to uses of derivatives.

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4305. Global Financial Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 (BUSN majors) or MATH 3650 (Math-Act Sci-Finance majors); open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science-Finance majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the detailed study of: (1) exchange rate determination, (2) operation of the foreign currency and global capital markets, and (3) hedging both transaction and economic exposure to exchange rate changes.

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4306. Financial Services

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101 (BUSN majors) or MATH 3650 (Math-Act Sci-Finance majors); open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science-Finance majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of the role of financial services companies in the money and capital markets, funds acquisitions, investment and credit extension.

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4307. Financial Modeling

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students will learn to use Excel to solve financial problems and build sophisticated models for financial decision making. Applications will be drawn from financial statement analysis, corporate financial planning, capital budgeting, modern portfolio theory, fixed income investments, options pricing, and others.

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4308. Introduction to Algorithmic Trading

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; FNCE 3302 or 3303; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status. Not open to students who have passed FNCE 4895 when taught as Introduction to Algorithmic Trading.

Grading Basis: Graded

Quantitative trading models implemented on computer systems for automatic execution. Examines popular trading strategies. Emphasizes hands-on experience; students will use the Matlab platform to write, backtest, and refine strategies.

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4309. High Frequency Trading Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; FNCE 3302 or 3303; open only to Business majors of junior or higher status. Not open to students who have passed FNCE 4895 when taught as High Frequency Trading Management.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focus on finance machines and automatic bots as essentials part of the current trading infrastructure in the U.S. market. Exposes students to the world of high frequency trading and market making. Intent is to be less theoretical but more practical so that students will experience firsthand some of the issues that high frequency trading system operators have.

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4319. Entrepreneurial Finance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

An overview of the entrepreneurial finance process, both from the perspective of entrepreneurs and also of private equity investors. It focuses on integrating basic knowledge of finance principles with the complexities of new ventures.

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4410. Security Valuation and Portfolio Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open to juniors or higher; open only to Financial Management majors at the regional campus.

Grading Basis: Graded

Determining asset allocation strategies and equity valuation methods, along with the study and interpretation of business models, and the value drivers that create shareholder wealth. Evaluation of the investment thought process that is useful in the analysis of the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors related to valuing a business and/or an investment.

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4420. Alternative Investments and Risk Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides knowledge of investment characteristics of alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and commodities. Students learn how to form portfolios and evaluate their performance.

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4430. Mergers and Acquisitions

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides the theoretical background as well as the analytical and technological tools necessary to analyze corporate combinations, restructurings, and bankruptcies. Specific topics include relevant laws, takeover defenses, corporate control issues, leveraged buyouts, valuation, restructuring and bankruptcy.

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4440. Financial Ethics

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: BLAW 3175 or BADM 3720; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides an understanding of the importance of ethics in the finance profession. The focus is on the concept that capital markets operate on trust; topic coverage includes professionalism and integrity of the capital markets, duties to clients and employers, investment analysis and recommendations, and conflicts of interest.

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4450. Financial Reporting and Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: FNCE 3101; open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides a more thorough understanding of the general principles of the financial reporting system, underscoring the critical role of the analysis of financial reports in investment decision.

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4891. Field Study Internship

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: C or better in FNCE 3230 if in Real Estate Intern program, all others must complete FNCE 3101 and one other relevant FNCE course with a C or better; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Designed to provide students with an opportunity for supervised field work in relevant major areas within the Department. Students will work with one or more professionals in their major academic area. Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of an appraisal by the field supervisor and a detailed written report submitted by the student. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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4893. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. Consent of Department Head required, prior to the student's departure.

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4895. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open only to Business and Mathematics-Actuarial Science majors of sophomore or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classroom course in special topics in finance, insurance or real estate as announced in advance for each semester. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4899. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to business majors of junior or higher status.

Grading Basis: Graded

Individual study of special topics in finance, insurance or real estate as mutually arranged between a student and an instructor.

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4997W. Senior Thesis in Finance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Juniors or higher; open only to Finance Department Honors Students with consent of instructor and Department Head; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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