- Class Number 4650
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kieron Meagher
- Dr Kieron Meagher
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course examines the economic principles that determine the allocation of resources through time in market economies. It uses supply and demand relationships to value capital assets (or projects more generally). There is a detailed treatment of the effects of risk and taxes on capital asset prices, and the Modigliani-Miller financial policy irrelevance theorems are derived and examined in detail. The impact of modern contracting theory on our understanding of financial economics will also be discussed.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- be exposed to the classical finance model that underpins modern finance;
- understand how securities are priced and affected by the institutional arrangements in securities markets, including taxes and other government regulations,
- understand the role played by time, uncertainty, information and inflation in evaluating financial instruments;
- know the role played by arbitrage in finance markets and its impact on security prices;
- understand how security prices are determined in the Capital Asset Pricing Model, and the role played by the assumptions in the model;
- know the assumptions behind the the Modigliani and Miller (M-M) financial policy irrelevance theorems as basis for understanding the factors that determine the debt-equity and dividend policy choices of firms.
- understand to the role of asymmetric information in various financial markets.
- understand how contractual incompleteness can impact corporate financial decisions.
This course is based on a new approach developed by Professor Meagher in consultation with industry.
Examination Material or equipment
The binding details for the final exam will be given in the University’s final exam timetable
The main textbook for this course is:
Fabozzi, F., E. Neave & G. Zhou, 2012, Financial Economics, Wiley.
The recommended, free, reference for Python is Kevin Sheppard’s notes: https://www.kevinsheppard.com/images/b/b3/Python_introduction-2016.pdf
The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop, with a small number of copies also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library
This course will run with an engaged classroom approach so the first form of feedback will be verbal and informal through classroom participation.
You will attempt the problem sets before the tutorials and submit your answers at the beginning of the tutorial. Reflecting on how your answers compare to discussion in the tutorial will inform you on your mastery of the material. You will also receive a 0-2 grade as detailed above.
The in mid-semester exam will give course level feedback on your understanding.
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Tutorials are a discussion-based class. Providing worked solutions would not effectively compensate for missing a tutorial. Students who, through unavoidable and unplanned occurrences, are unable to attend a tutorial class one week are encouraged to work through the problems and attend a consultation session for discussion and solutions.
RSE has a Frequently Asked Questions page where you can find relevant policies and information on a broad range of topics, the onus is on the student to familiarise themselves with this page and the information available. https://www.rse.anu.edu.au/students/students/frequently-asked-questions/
Additional assessment information
As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.
Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The exact timing of topics will depend on student interest. The Python component will run through out the semester in conjunction with the financial economics topics. Topic: Finance in a Certain World with Perfect Capital Markets. Chapter of Text Books*: Fabozzi et al, 1-6. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. Chapter of Text Books*: Sheppard, 1-19 (we will only be doing selections focusing on Pandas, graphing and basic simulation). 2 lectures||None|
|2||Topic: Finance in a Certain World with Perfect Capital Markets. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set|
|3||Topic: Finance in a Certain World with Perfect Capital Markets. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set|
|4||Topic: Finance in a Certain World with Perfect Capital Markets. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set|
|5||Tutorial problem set|
|6||Mid-semester exam (provisional). See ANU mid-semester exam timetable.|
|7||Topic: Risk Chapter of Text Books*: Fabozzi et al, 9-12. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set|
|8||Topic: Risk Chapter of Text Books*: Fabozzi et al, 9-12. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set|
|9||Topic: Selecting and Pricing Risky Assets Chapter of Text Books*: Fabozzi et al, 13-14, 25-26. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set|
|10||Topic: Selecting and Pricing Risky Assets Chapter of Text Books*: Fabozzi et al, 13-14, 25-26. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||Tutorial problem set. Project due Noon on Monday.|
|11||Topic: Selecting and Pricing Risky Assets Chapter of Text Books*: Fabozzi et al, 13-14, 25-26. Topic: Computational methods for manipulating data and exploring models. 2 lectures, 1 tutorial||None|
This is a typically a small class so we will probably only have one tutorial. If we end up with a larger enrolment and multiple tutorials then any actions you need to take will be advised on the course Wattle page.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial problem sets||10 %||04/03/2019||31/05/2019||1-8|
|Mid-semester exam||25 %||01/04/2019||31/05/2019||1-4|
|Final exam||45 %||01/06/2019||01/07/2019||1-8|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
This is an on-campus course. Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (b).
The final exam will cover material presented throughout the semester and will be held during the university examination period. For information on deferred exams see Deferred Exams
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-8
Tutorial problem sets
Submit your answers/solutions for the appropriate week, as a pdf, before the first tutorial of that week using Turnitin (details on Wattle). Proposed method for dealing with deferred assessment for this item: the worst 2 marks awarded for the tutorial problem sets will be dropped in calculating the average (which determines the mark for this item). If a valid medical certificate or similar excuse is provided for any missed tutorial problem set(s) the assessment weight for the missed item will be transferred to the remaining tutorial problem sets. Students who are granted a deferred examination by the University for any of the problem sets will take a single replacement oral quiz in week 10.
Estimated return date on Wattle: Approximately 2 weeks after the tutorial problem sets. Feedback on the problem sets will form the basis for the tutorials.
satisfactory attempt at all problems
unsatisfactory attempt at some problems or incomplete attempt
unsatisfactory attempt or no attempt for all problems
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
All material covered prior to the exam is potentially examinable. Probably 90 minutes with no reading time. Time, location etc. will reflect central examinations section requirements.
Simple calculators are recommended.
Estimated return date: Approximately 2 teaching weeks after the exam
The arrangements for the mid-semester exam depend on enrolments for this course. Any changes and details about the mid-semester exam will be posted on Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 7-8
Details of task: Read Chapters 11and 12 of "Economics for the Common Good" by Jean Tirole and write a paper of approximately 2000 words making use of formal economic theory to analyse asymmetric information and/or incomplete contracts in how financial regulation could help avoid another Global Financial Crisis.
Presentation requirements: A typed, A4, 12pt Times New Roman font version of your assignment should be submitted in soft copy through Turnitin in accordance with the university assignment submission policies described below.
Estimated return date: Approximately 2-3 weeks after submission.
|language and grammar||formal explanation of main contribution of the pap||economic intuition for main result||evaluation of strengths and weaknesses|
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1-8
The final exam will cover material presented throughout the semester and will be held during the university examination period. Probably 120 minutes with no reading time.
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Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Organizational economics, political economy and spatial economics.
Dr Kieron Meagher