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Finance 320: Investment Analysis
The American Business School in Paris
Paris, France

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Finance 300 English 3 45 Finance 210, 220 (Business Finance I & II) or equivalent

This course first provides the student with an understanding of the various investment vehicles available to corporate, institutional and individual investors, as well as the functioning of the markets through which these vehicles can be acquired. These include a range of equity and debt instruments, commodities, as well as options and other products. Methods of arriving at specific investment decisions are presented, with emphasis on valuation models and risk assessment factors.

The course consists of class lectures, oral case analysis presentations, and tests. Will be covered in class:

- Introduction: Definition of the investment process
- Financial markets & instruments
- Investment companies
- Investors; Assessing bond yields
- Valuation Methods
- Security analysis: macro/industry
- Security analysis: equity valuation
- Security analysis: financial statements
- Value-added & technical analysis

Essential of Investments, Bodie/Kane/Marcus, McGraw Hill, 8th Edition, 2010

The final grade will be made up of a class participation (30%), a mid-term test (30%), and the final examination (40%).

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