- Class Number 2304
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu
- Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
The objective of this course is to familiarise students with the seminal and contemporary literature on selected topics in theoretical, empirical and applied finance as it relates to investment analysis. The material and structure of the course is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of investment decision making. The course is directed at postgraduate and honours students and is designed for students wishing to pursue higher level studies or a career relating to investment analysis and decision making. The course material builds on undergraduate studies in the area of investments. The material is heavily orientated to research issues and their practical problems.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of investment theories and practice;
- Derive classical asset pricing models and perform basic empirical tests of the models;
- Utilize asset pricing models for investment analysis, such as performance measurement, return predictability and event analysis;
- Analyse and explain limitations of these models in relation to real world investment situations; and
- Work in teams in solving complex problems relating to investment analysis.
Text book material will be supplemented with the most recent information from relevant news and research. A large part of this course is learning by doing.
Recommended textbook: Asset Pricing: (Revised Edition), John H. Cochrane- this book is available in the ANU Library and has been requested to be put in the 2 hour loan.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- verbal and written feedbacks for assignments
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Intro: Risk, Return, and Portfolios|
|2||Expected Utility and Portfolio Choices|
|3||Contingent Claims and SDF|
|4||Mean Variance Optimization||Quiz|
|6||APT and Factor Models||Assignment 1|
|7||Return Predictability and EMH|
|8||Cross Sectional Predictability|
|9||Changing risk & Conditional CAPM||Assignment 2|
|10||Sentiment and Short constraints|
There is a tutorial class for the whole class, registration is not required.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1||20 %||14/04/2020||30/04/2020||1,2,3,4,5|
|Assignment 2||20 %||01/05/2020||15/05/2020||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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There is a final exam to be scheduled during the exam period (exact date TBA). The exam covers all topics and will be 3 hours in length, with an additional 15 minutes of reading time.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Quiz is to be undertake online on Wattle. It composes of multiple choices and short answer questions. The Quiz will be open in the first 30 minutes of the workshop session. Students have 30 minutes to complete the quiz after first opening it. Feedback will be given online after finish.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
This is the first of two take home assignments. Students have at least one week to complete the assignment. Some assignments need statistical programming. A complete report as well as appendices such as programming codes needs to be submitted through Wattle links. The submission must be before the Close of Business on the due date. These assignments are designed to improve students’ problem solving skills and develop their ability to apply knowledge in real-world context.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
This is the second of two take home assignments. Students have at least one week to complete the assignment. Some assignments need statistical programming. A complete report as well as appendices such as programming codes needs to be submitted through Wattle links. The submission must be before the Close of Business on the due date. These assignments are designed to improve students’ problem solving skills and develop their ability to apply knowledge in real-world context.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
There is a final exam to be scheduled during the exam period (exact date TBA). Sample questions of the final will be provided. The exam covers all topics and will be 3 hours in length, with an additional 15 minutes of reading time. Calculator, dictionary, and a A-4 double-sized page of notes created by the student is allowed for the exam.
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Empirical Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance
Dr Qiaoqiao Zhu