CORPFIN 7040NA - Fixed Income Securities (M)

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 2 - 2015

This course examines the valuation of fixed-income securities, the market operations and management of risk. Topics include: valuation of bonds, term structure of interest rate, measuring and managing interest rate risk, corporate bond market, passive and active bond portfolio management, performance measurement, securitisation and interest rate derivatives.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7040NA
    Course Fixed Income Securities (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ACCTING 7019NA, CORPFIN 7005NA, COMMERCE 7033NA
    Corequisites ECON 7200NA
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: David Michayluk

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    This course aims to teach students to understand the different types of fixed income securities, their characteristics, how they are valued, their role in portfolio construction and their market operations. Students will also learn practical applications including management strategies and interest rate immunization.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. This attribute is achieved through the development of fixed income security knowledge using internationally recognised textbooks.
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. This attribute is achieved by students applying knowledge from a variety of sources as demonstrated and tested in the embedded research assignment and individual exams.
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. This attribute is developed through the embedded research assignment
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. This attribute is developed through the embedded research assignment
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. This attribute is developed through the use of computers and calculators to create valuation spreadsheets
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. References and discussion about recent financial events will encourage students' intellectual curiosity
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. Professional conduct is developed through the embedded research assignment
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. References and discussion about recent financial events will develop students' professional skills and responsibilities
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Fabozzi,F.J. “Bond Markets, Analysis, and Strategies” Pearson Publishing (Reading List F)
    Recommended Resources
    Martellini, L., Priaulet, P. and Priaulet, S. “Fixed Income Securities: Valuation, Risk Management and Portfolio Strategies” John Wiley. (Reading List MPP)

    For students who want to do the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam, the following books are useful:

    Fabozzi, Frank, "Fixed Income Analysis for the Chartered Financial Analyst Program", Frank J. Fabozzi Associates, New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Reading list: FF1)

    Fabozzi, Frank, "Fixed Income Readings for the Chartered Financial Analyst Program", Frank J. Fabozzi Associates, New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Reading list: FF2)

    Online Learning
    The course website: will contain all lecture notes, discussion problem sets and solutions and other relevant announcements.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will offer 2 intensive seminars. Material will be taught in seminars supported by discussion questions and solutions.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week (over 12 weeks) to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 108 hours (9 hours x 12 week) for a three-unit course of private study outside of your intensive seminars. Students are expected to attend both intensive seminars and participate in discussion groups.

    Learning Activities Summary

    (Note that the schedule is given as a guideline only and will be revised as the course proceeds. Bolded readings are the main sources for each topic).

    Warning:  The chapter identifications below are based on the previous editions of the referenced books and may differ in the current editions.

    Topic number Topic Readings
    * FIRST INTENSIVE MAY 29-31, 2015
    1 FIS Introduction, Interest Rate and Bond Prices F ch 1-2; MPP ch 1-2; FF1 ch I/ 1-6
    2 Yields and the Spot Rate Curve F ch 3, ch 5 (first part); MPP ch 3-4, FF1 ch II/ 1
    3 Forward and the Term Structure of Interest Rate F ch 5;MPP ch 5, FF1 ch I/ 7
    4 Measuring Interest Rate Risk F ch 4;
    5 Managing Interest Rate Risk – Part 1 F ch 24; 
    MPP ch5, FF1 ch I/ 7, FF2 ch 3
    * SECOND INTENSIVE June 19-21, 2015 Readings
    6 Managing Interest Rate Risk – Part 2 F ch 4; 
    MPP ch6, FF1 ch I/ 7
    7 Passive Fixed Income Portfolio Management MPP ch 7;
    F ch 24; FF2 ch 4
    8 Active Fixed Income Portfolio Management MPP ch 8;
    F ch 23;
    9 Securitisation F ch 10-15;
    MPP ch 17-18, FF1 ch II/ 3-5
    10 Corporate Bond Market and Credit Risk F ch 7, ch 20-21;
    FF1 ch II/ 9
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Requirement                                               % of Total Mark

    Problem set                                                                        30%

    Final exam                                                                          70%

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Statutory obligations in Singapore are such that attendance in person is a compulsory condition of passing a course. Our specific requirements are that students must attend at least 80% of class sessions to be graded for that course. For these purposes each intensive weekend is defined as comprising 5 sessions with 1 on Friday evening and 2 on each of Saturday and Sunday.

    Each course in total comprises 10 sessions; Students must attend a minimum of 8 sessions to be eligible to be given a grade for the course. Students failing to meet these requirements will be automatically graded 0% Fail (F) on their transcripts.


    Assessment Detail
    Problem Set: The problem set can be attempted in groups of up to four students. The problem set may be attempted individually as well. 

    Due date of the problem set: June  29, 2015

    Please retain a copy of the problem set that is submitted. Please attach an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by you before submission. All group assignments must be attached to a ‘Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission.  All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment. Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Final Exam: This will be a comprehensive, in-class, and closed book exam for three (3) hours on July 11, 2015

    Submission of the problem set must be done by June 29, 2015 by email to the lecturer. Solutions will be provided after all student submissions are received.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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