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Finance (FIN)

FIN 100 Introduction to Finance (3) The nature, scope, and interdependence of the institutional and individual participants in the financial system. May not be used to satisfy Penn State Business baccalaureate degree requirements. Not available to students who have taken B A 301 or FIN 301.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

FIN 108 Personal Finance (3) Personal management of budgets, bank accounts, loans, credit buying, insurance, real estate and security buying. May not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

FIN 108A Personal Finance: Wealth Management (1) Personal finance with a focus on wealth management and retirement planning along with investment securities, tax strategies, personal financial needs, and long-term care.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

FIN 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

FIN 296 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 297 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 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

FIN 301 Corporation Finance (3) Nature of finance function; risk and return concepts; working capital; dividend policies; mergers; security markets; acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements; raising capital; and planning profits. Available to Baccalaureate students only. Not available to students who have taken B A 301.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030;ACCTG 211;ECON 102 orECON 104;SCM 200 orSTAT 200  

FIN 301H Corporation Finance (Honors) (3) Review of corporate finance concepts including financial statements, ratio analysis, financial planning, time value of money, securities valuation, and capital budgeting.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030 orENGL 137H orCAS 137H;ACCTG 211;ECON 102 orECON 104;SCM 200 orSTAT 200  

FIN 302 Introductory Financial Modeling (3) This course applies spreadsheets to build financial models and solve numerically intensive problems in finance.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ACCTG 211, ECON 102, MATH 110 orMATH 140 andSCM 200 orSTAT 200   Concurrent: FIN 301

FIN 305 Financial Management of the Business Enterprise (3) Development of advanced practices of financial management and their application to decision making in business firm.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 305M Financial Management of the Business Enterprise (Honors) (3) Development of advanced practices of financial management and their application to decision making in a business firm.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 305W Financial Management of the Business Enterprise (3) Development of advanced practices of financial management and their application to decision making in a business firm.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: B A 301 orFIN 301  

FIN 306W Investment Valuation (3) Approaches to investment strategy, investment decisions; valuation of corporate securities, including the impact of dividend policy and capital structure.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: FIN 301  

FIN 330 Personal Financial Planning (3) Developing financial plans including cash budgets, credit purchases, investments, and insurance.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: third-semester standing or permission of instructor  

FIN 340 Insurance Planning (3) Introduction to personal insurance including homeowner's, auto, life, disability, health, and Social Security.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

FIN 395A Nittany Lion Fund - Associate Fund Manager Practicum (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Introduction to working with the Nittany Lion Fund. Students work on projects such as investor reports and earnings reports along with assisting Nittany Lion Fund Managers with the development of stock pitches based on market insights.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: permission of program  

FIN 397 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 398 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 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

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
 

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