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Finance (FIN)

FIN 405 Advanced Financial Management (3) An examination of the development and application of decision rules for major long-term financial and investment problems of the firm.
Effective: Summer 1993
Prerequisite: FIN 305W  

FIN 406 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (3) Advanced valuation theory; fundamentals of security analysis; portfolio construction and management.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 406H Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (Honors) (3) Advanced valuation theory; fundamentals of security analysis; portfolio construction and management.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 407 Multinational Financial Management (3) Analysis of the international aspects of managerial finance; emphasis on the impact of the international financial environment on firm operations.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: FIN 305W  

FIN 408 Financial Markets and Institutions (3) Functional analysis of major credit institutions; sources and uses of funds; impact of government regulation.
Effective: Fall 1994
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 408H Financial Markets and Institutions (Honors) (3) Introduction to bonds, equities, derivatives, and financial institutions including insurance, pension funds and mutual funds.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 409 Real Estate Finance and Investment (3) The sources and uses of credit; instruments and methods of financing; the theory and practice or real estate investment analysis.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 410 Derivative Markets (3) Functions, techniques, and impact of speculation conducted through forward markets; the nature of speculative transactions, pricing, and methods of trading.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: FIN 406  

FIN 412 Commercial Bank Management (3) Fundamental principles underlying management of a commercial bank; capital funds; asset and liability management; value maximization; legal and operational constraints.
Effective: Fall 1994
Prerequisite: FIN 305W, FIN 408  

FIN 413 Risk Management of Financial Institutions (3) Measuring and managing risk faced by financial institutions.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 414 Financial Trading and Applications (3) This course focuses on financial modeling and analysis of trading strategies. Bloomberg, Reuters, spreadsheets and trading simulations are used extensively.
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: FIN 305W, FIN 406 orFIN 301  

FIN 415 Advanced Financial Modeling (3) Develop financial models using spreadsheets, VBA programming, and trading room applications such as Bloomberg and @Risk.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: FIN 406  

FIN 418 Introduction to Energy Finance (3) This course provides an introduction to the physical and financial energy markets, along with concepts important to managing risk.
Effective: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: FIN 301 or equivalent approved course  

FIN 419 Advanced Energy Finance (3) This course provides an investigation of energy products; energy commodity price formation; credit, counterparty, country risk assessment, and ethics.
Effective: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: FIN 418  

FIN 420 Investment and Portfolio Analysis (3) Investment and risk, types of security investments, sources of investment information, the broker, the stock market, portfolio management.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: FIN 301  

FIN 427 Derivative Securities (3) Introduction to futures contracts and options, leading to a working understanding of their importance in financial management applications.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: FIN 420 or approval of program  

FIN 430 Estate Planning (3) Liquidity planning, titling and transfer of property, trusts, federal unified tax system, gifting, incapacity planning, legal documents.
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: FIN 330 andACCTG 310 orACCTG 405  

FIN 450 Retirement Planning (3) Retirement planning: qualified and non-qualified plans, characteristics, provisions, regulations administration, application approach with case studies.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

FIN 451 Intermediate Financial Management (3) Case studies are used to develop skills in solving a variety of financial management problems.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: FIN 301  

FIN 456 (IL) International Capital Markets (3) This course develops understanding of international capital markets by striking a balance between institutional details, theoretical foundation and practical application.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: FIN 301  

FIN 460 (R M 460) Real Estate Financial Analysis (3) Debt and equity financing, capital structure, "creative financing," risk analysis, corporate asset management.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: FIN 305W orR M 303 orR M 330W  

FIN 461 Portfolio Management and Analysis (3) Investement policy and process, modern portfolio theory, portfolio construction, and portfolio performance measurement and evaluation.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: FIN 420  

FIN 462 Intrieri Family Student Managed Fund - Fund Officer / Lead Analyst Practicum (1-3/maximum of 4 credits) Students provide leadership as an Officer or Lead Analyst for the Intrieri Family Student Managed Fund. Students conduct economic, industry, and company financial analysis to recommend investment portfolio decisions.
Effective: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: FIN 461 or approval of program  

FIN 470 (R M 470) Real Estate and Capital Markets (3) Analysis of publicly-traded real estate of both the equity, (REITs) and debt (MBSs) sides. The course also provides international perspectives.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: FIN 305W orR M 303 orR M 330W  

FIN 471 International Finance (3) Financial decision making in an international environment. Emphasis on topics relevant to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: FIN 301  

FIN 475 Financial Decision Making (3) Problems and cases in financial decision making for non-financial corporations and financial institutions.
Effective: Fall 2009
Prerequisite: FIN 302, FIN 420 and senior standing  

FIN 476 Financial Ethics (1) In this one credit course, we explore ethical standards for financial analysts and portfolio managers as a part of the Standards of Practice Handbook from the CFA Institute.
Effective: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: FIN 301  

FIN 481 Advanced Financial Analysis (3) Capstone course integrating financial analysis coursework. This course is based on the case study method which provides a challenging setting in which to apply business concepts.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: ACCTG 426, FIN 405  

FIN 489 Seminar in Finance (3) In-depth study of new trends, concepts, and practices in financial or portfolio management.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: FIN 301 or equivalent; 3 additional credits of course work in Finance  

FIN 491 Financial Planning Capstone (3) Critical thinking and decision-making about personal financial planning topics in the context of the financial planning process.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: FIN 330, FIN 420, FIN 430, FIN 450  

FIN 494 Research Projects (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2003
 

FIN 494H Research Projects (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

FIN 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

FIN 495A Nittany Lion Fund -- Lead Fund Manager Practicum (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced work with the Nittany Lion Fund. Lead Fund Managers are accountable for sector and stock performance as well as reports. Students delegate work to Associate Fund Managers while focusing a great amount of attention to all aspects of stock pitches, weekly and quarterly reports, along with conducting weekly training session for new analysts.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: FIN 395A and permission of program  

FIN 495B Nittany Lion Fund - Executive Board Practicum (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Oversight of the Nittany Lion Fund (NLF) and its overall performance. Executive Board members and Directors are accountable for all aspects of the Nittany Lion Fund. Students interact with investors and are responsible for delivering professionally developed performance reports, weekly information updates, and annual shareholder meetings. Executive Board members assume specific duties within the NLF associated with their position, along with a shared responsibility for being a spokesperson for the fund.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

FIN 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

FIN 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

FIN 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2003
 

FIN 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

FIN 505 Multinational Managerial Finance (3) Analysis of the international aspects of managerial finance. Emphasis on the environmental and institutional factors influencing capital acquisition and allocation.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: B A 531  

FIN 506 Portfolio Theory and Policy (3) Rigorous examination and analysis of asset-holder behavior under conditions of risk and uncertainty.
Effective: Winter 1978
 

FIN 508 Analysis of Financial Markets (3) Analysis of factors affecting price determination in financial markets.
Effective: Winter 1978
 

FIN 513 Speculative Markets (3) Analysis of derivative securities covering options, forwards, futures, OTC derivatives; topics include valuation, trading, hedging. Involves computer analysis.
Effective: Spring 1998
Prerequisite: B A 531  

FIN 515 Nittany Lion Fund Manager (3) Focuses on applied issues and topics in the management of investments.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

FIN 531 Financial Management (3) An intensive examination of techniques available to aid the financial manager in decision making.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: ACCTG 511 orACCTG 512;B A 533, SC&IS 535  

FIN 532 Financial Decision Processes (3) Financial decision making under uncertainty; positive and normative models and current issues in financial management.
Effective: Winter 1978
 

FIN 541 Security Analysis (3) Discussion and application of analytical techniques in security valuation, including use of computers.
Effective: Winter 1978
 

FIN 550 Financial Analysis and Valuation (2) Builds upon and reinforces the theoretical and institutional finance frame- works learned in introductory business finance.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: B A 531  

FIN 555 (I B 555) Global Finance (1-3) Analyze international business finance problems, impact of evolving inter- national payment systems on business, financial management in modern multi- national enterprise.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: FIN 550  

FIN 570 Financial Modeling (2) Introduces and applies equity, debt, derivative models and computational techniques using Excel and Visual Basic for Applications.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

FIN 571 Strategic Financial Management (2) Comprehensive course in corporate finance and the strategic implications of various financial decisions.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: B A 531, FIN 550  

FIN 577 Financial Engineering and Corporate Strategy (2) Study and application of derivative strategies, financial innovation, and modern financial techniques to re-engineer risk exposure and enhance strategic opportunities.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: FIN 571  

FIN 581 Fundamentals of Financial Markets (2) Operation, structure of money, bond markets and concepts; and techniques used in evaluating and managing fixed income portfolios.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: FIN 550  

FIN 583 Modern Portfolio Management: Theory and Practice (2) Theoretical foundations and tools needed for structuring, managing, and monitoring the performance of an investment portfolio.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: FIN 550, FIN 581  

FIN 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

FIN 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

FIN 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

FIN 599 (IL) FOREIGN STUDY--FINANCE (1-12) Full-time graduate-level foreign study at an overseas institution with whom linkages have been established.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: acceptance in established exchange program  

FIN 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

FIN 601 PH.D. DISSERTATION FULL-TIME (0) NO DESCRIPTION.
Effective: Summer 1993
 

FIN 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Graduate students will be assigned on a selective basis teaching responsibilities in FIN 301, 305, and 306.
Effective: Spring 1984
 

FIN 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

FIN 611 PH.D. DISSERTATION PART-TIME (0) NO DESCRIPTION.
Effective: Summer 1993
 

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