Chapel Garden

FIN 508: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

INSTRUCTOR: Riaz Hussain OFFICE: 431 Brennan Hall

OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:50 PM. Other office hours by appointment.

TELEPHONE: Office 941-7497, Secretary 941-4048, Home 347-8077, FAX 941-4825, e-mail: Send an email

OBJECTIVES: After completing this course the students should be able to

1. Find the present value, or future value, of various cash flows.

2. Calculate the intrinsic value of a stock or a bond.

3. Apply the concept of capital budgeting in the evaluation of projects.

4. Use the concept of risk and return in portfolio management.

5. Apply the capital asset pricing model in risk management.

6. Use the Black-Scholes model in options valuation.

7. Calculate the cost of capital for a firm.

8. Search for the optimal capital structure of a firm using tax shield and bankruptcy costs.

9. Find the better source of new financing, debt or equity.

10. Understand the dividend policy of a firm.

11. Analyze the decision between leasing and buying an asset.

12. Analyze real estate investments or other business opportunities.

TEXT: Analytical Techniques in Financial Management, by Riaz Hussain, The University of Scranton, August 2012. The sale of this book supports two scholarships at the University, one for Bangladeshi students and other for Pakistani students.

PREREQUISITES: FIN 351 or MBA 503C

EXAMINATIONS: There will be three one-hour tests during the semester. Each test will comprise of three problems designed to determine students' ability to analyze financial situations. The final examination will be comprehensive. The final will be three hours long with six to eight problems. The tests will be closed book.

GRADING: A student's final grade depends upon: the percentage score averaged for all the tests, rank in the class, the overall quality of students in the class, classroom participation, and the instructor's subjective evaluation of the student's performance.

Tentative Schedule, Fall 2012

 

Week

Date

Topics

1

8/27

1. Mathematical Preliminaries: Linear and non-linear equations, geometric series, elements of statistics, Maple

2. Time Value of Money: Present and future value, single and multi-payment problems

 

9/3

Labor Day: No Class

 

3

9/10

3. Valuation of bonds and stock.

4

9/17

4. Capital Budgeting under Certainty: Capital budgeting, NPV and IRR, taxes and depreciation, projects with unequal lives.

5

9/24

First Test, 16.67% of grade

5. Capital Budgeting under Uncertainty: Probability and capital budgeting, inflation.

6

10/1

6. Portfolio Theory: Portfolio formation, portfolio theory

7

10/8

7. Capital Asset Pricing Model: Beta, CAPM

7

10/15

Fall break: No Class

8

10/22

8. Option Pricing Theory: Options, option pricing theory

9

10/29

Second Test, 16.67% of grade

9. Cost of Capital: Cost of debt, equity, WACC

10

11/5

10. Capital Structure Theory: Value Maximization: Tax shield, bankruptcy costs, optimal capital structure

11

11/12

11. Capital Structure Theory: Minimizing WACC: Leveraged beta

12

11/19

12. Dividend Policy: Theoretical and practical issues in dividend policy of a company

13

11/26

Third Test, 16.67% of grade

13. Leasing: Various types of leases, analysis of lease vs. buy decision

 

14

12/3

14. Investment Analysis: evaluation of investment opportunities

15

 

 

12/10

 

12/14

Review

 

Final Examination, 50% of grade