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2017-2018

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Fall Start

MGF 635LEC Financial Derivatives

The objective of this course is to give students and understanding of the wide range of derivative financial securities including forwards, futures, swaps and options. Financial securities and markets are changing rapidly and the objective of this course is to help students be better prepared to enter a career in finance. Students will learn how these securities are priced and used in risk management and speculative strategies by individuals and companies. This course is the introductory course in a two course sequence with MGF636 Complex Financial Instruments.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018
Co-Requisite: MGF 633 or MS Accounting Majors.


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12641 F1F LEC MW 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 110 Seo, Hoontaek

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19163 S2F LEC MW 8 - 9:20 a.m. Alfiero 102 Unknown

MGF 638LEC Fixed Income Securities

This is a course about fixed-income securities and markets. It covers topics that are important for any MBA student that anticipates hedging interest rate exposures or otherwise transacting in the fixed-income market. The course reviews basic bond pricing concepts and important features of interest rate futures and options contracts. It also introduces a few (somewhat complicated) models of the term structure. This is a rigorous course that requires students to be familiar with basic investments and calculus concepts. While MGF633 is not a prerequisite for this course, students that are taking MGF633 simultaneously with the course will be better prepared. Like most finance courses, the course focuses more on lasting financial principles than on current institutional details.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11534 S1F LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Talbrt 115 Liu, Ping
11511 S2F LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Norton 216 Liu, Ping

MGF 641LEC Fin Policies & Strategy

The course emphasizes financing policies, e.g., capital structure policies, maturity decisions, dividend decisions, and determining financing needs and how to design optimal, long-term financing arrangements, including capital structure planning. The concept of the market for corporate control is introduced as a means of management discipline. Three to six comprehensive cases are used.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017 | Spring 2018


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12300 F1F LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Baldy 115 Ogden, Joseph

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11622 S1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 106 Jiang, Feng
17853 S2F LEC TR 8 - 9:20 a.m. Jacobs 112 Jiang, Feng

Note: MGF 641 counts towards finance concentration, not IA concentration.

STEM or Non-STEM Elective (select one)

Spring Start

MGF 661LEC Mgmt of Fin Institutions

The financial services industry is very dynamic and continues to undergo dramatic changes. Many forces contribute to the changes including interest rates, overall market and credit factors, consolidation within the industry, and regulations. From this perspective, the course explores the basic management problems in the credit, investment, and financing administration functions of financial institutions, including commercial banks in the United States and abroad.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGF 631 Or MGQ 606


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12381 F1F LEC MW 8 - 9:20 a.m. Alfiero 104 Suchak, Sudhir D.
12623 F2F LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Suchak, Sudhir D.

MGF 685LEC International Finance Mgmt

This course is designed to familiarize students with several basic areas of international financial management, including foreign exchange markets, international financing and investment decisions, international financial markets, transfer pricing, and selected policy issues. In all these fields, theory, applications, and cases are equally emphasized. Typical topics include international financial accounting; speculating, covering, and hedging activities in foreign exchange markets; translation, economic and political risks; arbitrage operations; capital budgeting; the cost of capital and international capital asset pricing; and the determination of security prices.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Pre-Requisite: MGF 611 and MGQ 608


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12462 F1F LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Jacobs 110 Fotak, Veljko N
12545 F2F LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Fotak, Veljko N

MGF 696LEC Portfolio Theory & Strategy

This course focuses primarily on stock investment strategies for active investors in inefficient markets and secondarily on portfolio strategies in efficient markets. Students will gain an understanding of the technical analysis of price movements, psychology of market participants, and multi-factor expected return models. Typical investment approaches such as value and growth investing are thoroughly examined.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017
Co-Requisite: MGF 633


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20238 F2F LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 102 Tiu, Cristian-Ioan
12644 F1F LEC MW 5 - 6:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Tiu, Cristian-Ioan

STEM or Non-STEM Elective (select one)

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Fall Start

MGF 636LEC Complex Fin Instruments

This course deals with pricing and market mechanisms of such complex financial instruments as options, futures, and assets with contingent payoff structures. The investment usefulness of the financial instruments as well as applications of the pricing models of options are thoroughly covered.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGF 637LEC Financial Modeling

This course covers the models of corporate finance and investments. We will cover how to use spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel, to build and analyze financial models. The financial models we will review are pro forma financial statement analysis, cost of capital modeling, portfolio management modeling, etc. Also, other empirical models of corporate finance and asset pricing will be introduced, such as time series properties of stock return etc. Although MGF633, MGF 641, and MGF 642 are not prerequisite for this course, taking those courses simultaneously will be plus.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12543 F1F LEC MW 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Mohr, Elizabeth Jane

MGF 638LEC Fixed Income Securities

This is a course about fixed-income securities and markets. It covers topics that are important for any MBA student that anticipates hedging interest rate exposures or otherwise transacting in the fixed-income market. The course reviews basic bond pricing concepts and important features of interest rate futures and options contracts. It also introduces a few (somewhat complicated) models of the term structure. This is a rigorous course that requires students to be familiar with basic investments and calculus concepts. While MGF633 is not a prerequisite for this course, students that are taking MGF633 simultaneously with the course will be better prepared. Like most finance courses, the course focuses more on lasting financial principles than on current institutional details.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


Elective (select one)

Spring Start

MGF 634LEC Quantitative Methods in Finance

The objective of this course is to ensure students have a solid foundation in the mathematical foundations required to understand and work with complex financial securities and derivatives. This foundation will be useful in higher level finance courses and as practitioners working in financial markets. Topics covered include stochastic calculus, continuous time finance, numerical methods, finite differences, and taylor series approximations. Applications from finance such as bond pricing, option pricing and portfolio theory are used as examples to illustrate the mathematics.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGF 637LEC Financial Modeling

This course covers the models of corporate finance and investments. We will cover how to use spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel, to build and analyze financial models. The financial models we will review are pro forma financial statement analysis, cost of capital modeling, portfolio management modeling, etc. Also, other empirical models of corporate finance and asset pricing will be introduced, such as time series properties of stock return etc. Although MGF633, MGF 641, and MGF 642 are not prerequisite for this course, taking those courses simultaneously will be plus.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:


MGF 696LEC Portfolio Theory & Strategy

This course focuses primarily on stock investment strategies for active investors in inefficient markets and secondarily on portfolio strategies in efficient markets. Students will gain an understanding of the technical analysis of price movements, psychology of market participants, and multi-factor expected return models. Typical investment approaches such as value and growth investing are thoroughly examined.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:
Co-Requisite: MGF 633


Elective (select one)

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