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BU3620 Introduction to Fixed-Income Securities and Alternative Investments

(5 ECTS credits)

Module Content/Outline:

This module is a module in financial management. It will cover these and other topics:

  • Bond pricing
  • Types of fixed interest instruments
  • Duration and convexity
  • Bond portfolio management
  • Derivatives Markets
  • Commodity Markets

Lecturer(s):

Professor Aleksandar Sevic

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Compute and interpret duration, convexity and various bond values
  • Explore various types of fixed-income securities
  • Apply portfolio concepts in fixed income securities’ management
  • Compute and interpret the main estimators of central tendency and dispersion
  • Find journal and other material on the library local page using the online databases
  • Apply business, fixed income securities’ management, financial statement and investment logic to address issues of this module
  • Evaluate basic derivative products
  • Examine commodity markets

Lectures &Tutorials/Contact hours:

2 lectures per week and 1 tutorials per week

Recommended Texts/Key Reading:

Frank J. Fabozzi (2012), Bond Markets, Analysis and Strategies, 8th Edition, Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall
Robert A. Strong (2007), Practical Investment Management, 4th Edition, Mason: Thomson South-Western

Assessment:

Group assignemtn; essays - 40%
End of year examination - 60%

Penalties for late submission:

Students unable to submit a term assignment for medical reasons must produce a medical certificate to the School of Business Studies office within three working days of the missed submission date. Certificates received after that time will not be accepted.

Examination:

1.5 hr examination