CORPFIN 3501 - Portfolio Theory & Management III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code CORPFIN 3501 Course Portfolio Theory & Management III Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites CORPFIN 2500 Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies and ECON 2508 Course Description This course is an in-depth study of the funds management theory and practice. Participants will first develop a strong theoretical knowledge of asset pricing, market efficiency and funds management. Students will then be exposed to the managed funds industry and be required to apply their theoretical knowledge to understand the process of developing, managing and evaluating these assets. In addition, students will practically develop an Investment Policy Statement (or a Statement of Advice) for an investor, forecast characteristics of various asset classes in an economy, and be able to create an investment vehicle to satisfy investors' needs. The students will also learn various strategies to manage funds, issues that impact performance, and issues in benchmarking and performance evaluation. Equities, Fixed Income Securities, Commodities, Real Estate, Alternate Funds, Emerging, Developing and Developed markets will be examined in the context of portfolio construction.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ivan Obaydin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe main objective of this course is to understand and bridge the gap between portfolio theory and the delegated funds management industry. This objective will also fulfil the portfolio and funds management component of the CFA body of knowledge.
This course will draw upon your previous knowledge gained from courses such as FEII and/or BVII, and IEII. The aspects of theory covers Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT), including Markowitz Efficient frontier, CAPM and APT, Active and Passive portfolio formulation and management techniques, and benchmarking/performance evaluation techniques. This course also considers various asset classes such as Domestic and International Equities, Fixed Income Securities, Real Estate, Commodities, and Hedge Funds. Fund manager specific aspects are also investigated such as Capacity Issues and AUM considerations as well as Ethical Issues.
Graduates from this course have been motivated to enter the Funds Management and the Financial Advisory industry both in Australia and overseas. At the very least, this course will help in making wise financial investment decisions for specific purposes such as retirement planning. Students graduating from this course should also consider the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the framework of the Modern Portfolio Theory
2. Evaluate long and short term characteristics of core and non-core asset classes and their linkages with economic and business cycles.
3. Implement and manage passive and active investment strategies, and understand associated costs and benefits.
4. Evaluate any existing or proposed investment vehicles using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
5. Create investment vehicles for specific client needs that are consistent with ethical and regulatory framework of the Delegated Funds Management Industry.
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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. All The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 and 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 and 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 and 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
Required ResourcesInvestments by Bodie, Kane and Marcus, 9th Edition, published by McGraw-Hill
Other readings from academic, semi-professional and professional sources.
Students are encouraged to stay abreast of global financial issues. The Australian Financial Review and finance commentary on the ABC network are an excellent source of current financial news and should be referred to on a regular basis. The internet is also abundantly populated with all aspects of this course, and should be used as well.
Discussion board will be the primary source of interface between students and the academic staff.
Lecture material such as presentation, articles, tutorial questions and lecture recording will be available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe approach in this course is to first establish the theoretical foundations and then to build upon these to understand real-world issues. This will be done through lectures, tutorials, tests, and examination.
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 to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.
Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1: Fundamentals of Modern Portfolio Theory
Week 2: Overview of the Financial Market and Basic Performance Measures
Weeks 3 and 4: Investment Policy Statement (IPS) and the Asset Allocation Decision
Week 5: Active Equity Portfolio Management Strategies
Week 6: Bonds Portfolio Management Strategies
Week 7: Real Estate, International Investments, and Emerging Markets
Week 8: Passive Equity Portfolio Management Strategies
Week 9: Issues in Portfolio Management Strategies
Week 10: Hedge Funds
Week 11: Behavioural Finance
Week 12: Performance Evaluation – Theory, Evidence and Issues
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Assessment SummaryThis course has 4 assessment components:
1. Two tests worth 20% each
2. Tutorial participation worth 10%
3. Final Examination worth 50%
Assessment Related RequirementsTests and Final/Replacement examination will be closed book (no reference material allowed).
Assessments from previous semester(s) cannot be redeemed.
Assessment DetailThe assessment components are as follows:
· (20%) Test 1: 1 hour test. Multiple Choice Format and Short Answers. This is a closed book test
· (20%) Test 2: 1 hour test. Multiple Choice Format and Short Answers. This is a closed book test
· (10%) Tutorial participation
· (50%) Final/Replacement Exam: 3 hours exam as per examination schedule. These are closed book examination
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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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