CORPFIN 7040NA - Fixed Income Securities (M)
Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 3 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 7040NA Course Fixed Income Securities (M) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Trimester 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Ngee Ann Academy Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites ACCTING 7019NA, CORPFIN 7005NA, COMMERCE 7033NA, ECON 7200NA Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Mr Dale BlackmoreName: Dale Blackmore
Location: Room 13.51, 10 Pulteney Street Adelaide SA
Telephone: +618 8313 0083
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesBy the end of this course students should be able to:
1. know the different types of fixed income securities and their characteristics
2. value fixed income securities
3. derive spot yield curve
4. measure and manage interest rate and credit risk
5. know passive and active fixed income portfolio management techniques
6. know the principles of securitisation.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 - 6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2 - 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2 - 4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesFrank Fabozzi (2011, 8th edition), “Bond Markets, Analysis and Strategies”
Recommended ResourcesMartellini, Lionel, Philippe Priaulet and Stephane Priaulet, (2003) “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:
1. Fabozzi, Frank, (2ed) "Fixed Income Analysis for the Chartered Financial Analyst Program", Frank J. Fabozzi Associates, New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Reading list: FF1)
2. Fabozzi, Frank, "Fixed Income Readings for the Chartered Financial Analyst Program", Frank J. Fabozzi Associates, New Hope, Pennsylvania. (Reading list: FF2)
Online LearningThe course website:
www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au will contain all lecture notes, discussion problem sets and solutions and other relevant announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis 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 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 1 FIS Introduction, Interest Rate and Bond Prices F ch 1-3;
MPP ch 1-2; FF1 ch I/ 1-6
2 Yields and the Spot Rate Curve F ch 3;
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 6 Managing Interest Rate Risk – Part 2 F ch 22 & 24;
MPP ch6, FF1 ch I/ 7
7 Passive Fixed Income Portfolio Management F ch 24;
MPP ch 7; 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
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Assessment Requirement % of Total Mark Problem set 40% Final exam 60%
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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.
1. To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.
2. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
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Assessment DetailThe assessment components are as follows:
Problem set 40%
This assignment is in two parts:
Part A – Problem set of questions to be completed individually. Mark allocation is 50% of this assignment
Part B – Problem set of questions to be completed by a group of not more than four (4) students. Mark allocation is 50% of this assignment
Detailed information on the group assignment will be available on MyUni and will be discussed in class.
Final Exam 60%
The final examination will be a 3 hour closed book exam and will be held during the examination period.
SubmissionNotes on Assessment
1. All set work including assignments and class test must be provided by the due date and must be genuine attempts, to complete the course.
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Assignments, which do not comply with the University’s policy on plagiarism, may be refused.
Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
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The Harvard system is the preferred style of referencing for this course. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide. Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.
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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
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