CORPFIN 7024 - Capital Markets Analysis (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course is split into two. The first section provides a brief overview of asset pricing theory by deriving common general equilibrium and no arbitrage models used for pricing assets before focusing on the empirical, testable implications that result from them. Emphasis will be placed on examining items from a market efficiency perspective, covering long-standing debates on asset price predictability and in formativeness. Asset pricing at the market microstructure level will also be introduced. The second section provides a foundation for creative and empirical research in corporate finance. The objective is to introduce students to contemporary issues in corporate finance, identify the main theoretical tools and empirical approaches, and critically evaluate research in corporate finance. Students would be encouraged to think more broadly across different areas in corporate finance, and the strand of literature that bridges the corporate finance and asset pricing divide.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7024
    Course Capital Markets Analysis (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 7023, CORPFIN 7020, CORPFIN 7033,
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/presentation as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ralf Zurbrugg

    Asset Pricing
    Name:              Ralf Zurbruegg
    Location:          Room 12.21, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
    Telephone:        8313 5535

    Corporate Finance
    Name:              Alfred Yawson
    Location:          Room 12.42
    Telephone:        8313 0687

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students will learn how to read and distill information from leading finance and accounting journals and gain an appreciation of the most recent, topical debates that are consuming capital markets research. In addition, as a ‘hands-on’ course, students will gain a
    direct understanding of how and what processes are used to capture measurements that are commonly utilised in the applied research field. Specifically, students will learn how to download and handle large data sets, manipulate them, and calculate measurements from them.

    By the end of this course students should be able to:

    1         Be aware of current asset pricing discussions that are occurring around the world, in both academia and in practice.

    2         Be aware of current corporate finance discussions that are occurring around the world, in both academia and in practice.

    3         Be competent at reading and distilling information from research papers

    4         Be competent at handling large datasets and derive common financial measurements from them

    5         Present and communicate effectively to an audience about current theoretical and empirical research ideas in finance.


    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


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

    This is an Honours/PhD-level course and therefore you will be expected to treat this course at least as a standard 12 unit university
    course, implying that you are expected to commit to at least 9 hours of private study per week.

    Students in this course are expected to attend all classes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is comprised of two units, the first on Asset Pricing and the second on Corporate Finance. Lecture topics and basic reading lists are provided below.

    Asset Pricing

    1.  A Primer on Asset Pricing: Utility Functions and Risk Aversion
          a.  Readings                                                                  
                   i.   Chapter 1 from Pennacchi Theory of Asset Pricing                                                                    
                  ii.    Esterlin (2003) Explaining Happiness
                  iii.   Material from the Prospect Theory presentation

    2.  A Primer on Asset Pricing: General Equilibrium vs No Arbitrage Models and the Stochastic Discount Factor Approach
          a.  Readings                                                                      
                   i.    Chapter 1 from Cochrane Asset Pricing                                                                     
                  ii.    Chapters 13 and 14 from Hull Options, Futures and other Derivatives                                                                     
                  iii.   Koci’s thesis on SDF and GMM                                                                   
                  iv.   Campbell’s (2000) Asset Pricing and the Millennium                                                                       
                   v.   Material from the BSM and CAPM presentations

    3. Long Run Trends, Market Efficiency and Implications for Stock Price Predictability
           a.  Readings                                                                       
                   i.   Chapters 7 and 8 of Brooks Introductory Econometrics for Finance                                                                       
                  ii.    Hendry and Juselius Explaining Cointegration Analysis: Part 1                                                               
                  iii.   Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Time Series Econometrics                                                                    
                  iv.   Chapter 20 of Cochrane Asset Pricing                                                                      
                  v.    Cochrane (2008), Lettau and Ludvigson (2001), Fama and French (1988, 1989), Campbell and Shiller (1988)
    4.  Empirical evidence on risk premiums and some behavioural finance considerations
             a.  Readings                                                                        
     i.    Jagannathan and Wang (1993), Lettau and Ludvigson (2001), Campbell and Vuolteenaho (2002), Ang,  Hodrick,  Xing and Zhang (2009), Ni (2007), Sharpe and Amromin (2005), Dimson, Marsh and Staunton (2005), Odean and Barber (2000), Goetzmann and Kumar (2005), Chan, Covrig and Ng (2005),
                    ii.   Material from the Lotteries presentation

    5.  Stock Price Informativeness, financial intermediaries, and some behavioural finance considerations
              a.  Readings                                                                        
                    i.   Roll (1988), Morck, Yeung and Yu (2000), Piotroski and Roulstone (2004), Eun, Wang and Xiao (2015)

    6.  At the micro-level: time-varying volatility, liquidity and an introduction to market microstructure models
              a.   Readings                                                                         
     i.   Amihud and Mendelson (1989), Chordia, Roll, and Subrahmanyam (2000), Huang and Stoll (1997),  Engle (2001) GARCH 101                                                                 
                   ii.  Chapter 13 of Bali, Engle and Murray Empirical Asset Pricing: The Cross Section of Stock Returns 
                   iii.  Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Time Series Econometrics                                                                  
                   iv.  Chapters 1-3 of Foucault, Pagano and Roeell, Market Liquidity

    Corporate Finance

    0. Pre-course reading
     i. Modigliani, Franco, and Merton Miller, 1958. The Cost of Capital, Corporation Finance and the Theory of Investment, American Economic Review 48, 261-297.                           
     ii. Betrand, Marianne and Antoinetter Schoar, 2003. Managing with style: The effects of managers on firm policies, Quarterly Journal of Economics 118, 1169-1208.                           
     iii. Eckbo, E. Masulis, R. Norli, O. 2006. Security Offerings, in B. Espen Eckbo (ed.), Handbook of Corporate Finance: Empirical Corporate Finance, Volume A, (Handbooks in Finance Series, Elsevier/North-Holland), Chapter 6.
    iv. Sandra Betton, B. Espen Eckbo, Karin S. Thorburn, 2008. Corporate takeovers, in B. Espen Eckbo (ed.), Handbook of Corporate Finance: Empirical Corporate Finance, Volume 2, (Handbooks in Finance Series, Elsevier/North-Holland).                          
                    v.  Shleifer, A. and R. Vishny, 1997. "A Survey of Corporate Governance, Journal of Finance, 52, 737-783.

    1. Capital structure
           a. Readings                                          
     i.  Titman, Sheridan, and Roberto Wessels, 1988. The Determinants of Capital Structure Choice, Journal of Finance           1-19.
     ii.  Fama, Eugene, and Kenneth French, 2005. Financing Decisions: Who Issues Stock? Journal of Financial Economics 76, 549–582.                                       
     iii.  Lemmon, Michael, Michael Roberts, and Jaime Zender, 2008. Back to the Beginning: Persistence and the Cross-section  of Corporate Capital Structure, Journal of Finance 63, 1575–1608.
     iv.  DeAngelo, H.,Roll,R., 2015. How Stable are Corporate Capital Structures? Journal of Finance 70, 373–418.

    2. Capital Raising
          a.. Readings                                                      
    i.  Alexander Ljungqvist, 2006. IPO Underpricing” in B. Espen Eckbo (ed.), Handbook of Corporate Finance: Empirical    Corporate Finance, Volume A, (Handbooks in Finance Series, Elsevier/North-Holland), Chapter 7                                  
                           ii.  Ritter, J.R., 1987. The Costs of Going Public, Journal of Financial Economics 19, 269-282.                                          
    iii.  Masulis, Ronald W., and Ashok N. Korwar, 1986. Seasoned Equity Offerings: An Empirical Investigation, Journal of  Financial Economics 15, 91–118.                                                   
    iv.  Mikkelson, Wayne H., and Megan M. Partch, 1986. Valuation Effects of Security Offerings and the Issuance   Process, Journal of Financial Economics 15, 31–60.                                                    
                           v. Asquity, Paul, and Mullins, 1986. Equity Issues and Offering Dilution. Journal of Financial Economics 15, 61−89.

    3.  The Market for Corporate Control                 
           a.  Readings                                          
                           i. Andrei Shleifer, Robert W. Vishny, 2003, Stock Market Driven Acquisitions, Journal of Financial Economics, Volume
             70, 295-311.                                     
    ii.  Masulis, R., Wang, C., Xie, F., 2007. Corporate Governance and Acquirer Returns. Journal of Finance, 62:    1851-1889.                                       
    iii. Harford, J., Humphery-Jenner, M., Powell, R. G., 2012. The Sources of Value Destruction in Acquisitions by Entrenched Managers. Journal of Financial Economics, 106: 247-261.                                     
     iv. Ahern, Kenneth R., 2012. Bargaining Power and Industry Dependence in Mergers. Journal of Financial Economics, 103: 530-550.                                      
                           v.  Golubov, A. Yawson, A.  Zhang, H., 2015. Extraordinary Acquirers. Journal of Financial Economics, 116: 314-330.                         vi. Albert Sheen. 2014. The Real Product Market Impact of Mergers. The Journal of Finance, 69, 2651 – 2688.

    4.  Role of Investment Banking in Corporate Finance
            a.  Readings                                           
     i.  Corwin, S. A., Schultz, P., 2005. The role of IPO Underwriting Syndicates: Pricing, Information Production, and Underwriter Competition. Journal of Finance, 60: 443-486.                                       
     ii.  Golubov, A., Petmezas, D., Travlos, N. G., 2012. When it Pays to Pay your Investment Banker: New Evidence on the Role of Financial Advisors in M&As. Journal of Finance, 67: 271-312.                                        
    iii. Agrawal, A., Cooper, T., Lian, Q., Wang, Q., 2013. Common Advisers in Mergers and Acquisitions: Determinants and Consequences. Journal of Law and Economics, 56: 691-740.                                      
                           iv. Sibilkov, Valeriy, McConnell, John J., 2014. Prior Client Performance and the Choice of Investment Bank Advisors in
                           Corporate Acquisitions. Review of Financial Studies, 27: 2475-2503.                                         
    v. Bao, J., Edmans, A., 2011. Do Investment Banks Matter for M&A Returns? Review of Financial Studies, 24: 2286-2315.                                      
    vi.  Olivier Dessaint, O., Golubov, A., Volpin, P.  2017. Employment protection and takeovers, Journal of Financial     Economics 125, 369-388

    5.  Corporate Governance – Chief Executive Officers       
             a.   Readings                             
                          i.  Malmendier, U., Tate, G., 2009. Superstar CEOs. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124: 1593-1638.                         
    ii. Custódio, C., Metzger, D., 2014. Financial Expert CEOs: CEO׳s work Experience and Firm׳s Financial Policies. Journal of Financial Economics, 114: 125-154.                            
    iii. Custódio, C., Metzger, D., 2013. How do CEOs Matter? The Effect of Industry Expertise on Acquisition Returns. Review of Financial Studies, 26: 2008-2047.                          
    iv. Banerjee, S., Humphery-Jenner, M., Nanda, V., 2015. Restraining Overconfident CEOs through Improved Governance: Evidence from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Review of Financial Studies, 28: 2812-2858.

    6. Corporate Governance – Board of Directors
            a. Readings                           
    i.  Hermalin, B. and M. Weisbach, 1998. Endogenously Chosen Boards of Directors and Their Monitoring of Management, American Economic Review 88, 96 118.                            
    ii.  Adams, R., B. Hermalin and M. Weisbach, 2010. Boards of Directors and their Role in Corporate Governance: A Conceptual Framework and Survey, Journal of Economic Literature 48, 58-107.                           
                          iii.  Cai, J. I. E., Garner, J. L., Walkling, R. A., 2009. Electing directors. The Journal of Finance, 64: 2389-2421.                
    iv. Bouwman, C. H. S., 2011. Corporate Governance Propagation through Overlapping Directors. Review of Financial Studies, 24: 2358-2394.
                          v.  Ran Duchin, John G. Matsusaka, Oguzhan Ozbas, 2008. When are Outside Directors Effective? Journal of
    Financial Economics 96, 195-214.                          
    vi. Bang Dang Nguyen, Kasper Meisner Nielsen, 2010. The Value of Independent Directors: Evidence from Sudden Deaths, Journal of Financial Economics 98, 550-567                         
    vii.  Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, Angie Low, René M. Stulz Why do Firms Appoint CEOs as Outside Directors? Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 97, Issue 1, July 2010, Pages 12-32
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    Assessment Summary

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    AssessmentDue Date and timeRequirement
    Individual homework (20%) Homework must be submitted at the start of each lecture (unless other instructions provided) You must submit homework for all exercises that are set. Work will be graded based on effort, not necessarily success in completing the tasks.
    Group Presentation (10%) This is determined in the class, but usually you have one to two weeks to complete this task You must work in a pair to complete one of the assignments that are offered during the classes. To pass this assessment you must satisfactorily complete the presentation.
    CORPORATE FINANCE                             
    Individual homework (20%) Homework must be submitted at the end of each lecture (unless other instructions provided) You must submit homework for all exercises that are set. Work will be graded based on effort, not necessarily success in completing the tasks.
    Group Presentation (10%) This is determined in the class, but usually you have one to two weeks to complete this
    You must work in a pair to complete one of the assignments that are offered during the classes. To pass this assessment you must satisfactorily complete the presentation.
    Exam (40%) TBA during exam weeks A closed-book, in-class test.
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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
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    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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