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THEORY OF FINANCE

Program

Updated A.Y. 2014-2015

Version: June 20, 2015

Syllabus

THEORY OF FINANCE

Spring semester - Module II

6 Credits

TU-WE-THU 2:00-4:00pm

Classroom: S11

CONTACTS

rocco dot ciciretti at uniroma2 dot it

Office hours: TU 6:00-8:00pm

 

SUMMARY OF THE COURSE
This is a MSc course in Applied finance for financial markets. The course will cover the following main areas:

1) Expected Utility Theory and Economic Theory of Choice;

2) Financial Markets and Financial Securities;

3) Efficient Portfolios and Efficient Frontier;

4) Correlation Structure of Securities and CAPM;

5) Efficient Markets and Event Study Approach.

All areas above focus on the impact of market's returns on firm's value as represented by its stock price. The course will give a full overview on the applied financial econometrics to analyze the effect of changing in the information set can impact the daily (cumulative) abnormal return.

The course’s objectives are the following:
- Teach the student the tools used in financial markets to evaluate the stock return and firm financial performance;
- Develop the analytical skills and mindset necessary to make decisions about how market react to an expected/unexpected new information;
- Instruct how to value firms’ assets;
- Develop concise writing and oral presentation skills relative to cases and term projects;
- Have a working knowledge of MatLab/STATA to apply empirically the concepts of financial markets.

REFERENCE

Elton, E. J. et Al, 2007, Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, Wiley (Ch. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17);

 

INTRODUCTION (Jehle, G. et Al, 2011, Advanced Microeconomic Theory, 3rd edition, Ch. 1, 2)

• Expected Utility Theory
• The Economic Theory of Choice: An Illustration Under Certainty
• Multiple Assets and Risk

• Problem Set 0

 

FINANCIAL MARKETS DEFINITIONS AND FINANCIAL SECURITIES (Chapter 2, 3, 4)
• Trading Mechanics, Margin, Markets, Trade Types and Costs
• Types of Marketable Financial Securities
• The Return Characteristics of Alternative Security Types

• Problem Set 1


EFFICIENT PORTFOLIOS AND EFFICIENT FRONTIER (Chapter 5, 6)
• Combinations of Two Risky Assets Revisited: Short Sales Not Allowed
• The Shape of the Portfolio Possibilities Curve
• The Efficient Frontier with Riskless Lending and Borrowing
• Short Sales Allowed with/without Riskless Lending and Borrowing
• Riskless Lending and Borrowing With Short Sales Not Allowed
• No Short Selling and No Riskless Lending and Borrowing
• The Incorporation of Additional Constraints

• Problem Set 2


CORRELATION STRUCTURE OF SECURITY RETURNS: THE SINGLE/MULTI FACOTR MODEL (Chapter 7)
• The Inputs of Portfolio analysis
• Single Index Model : Overview and Characteristics
• Estimating Beta
• The Market Model
• Multi Factor Model (Fama-French, Carhart)

• Problem Set 3


CAPITAL ASSETS PRICING MODEL (Chapter 13, 14)
• The Assumption Underlying the Standard CAPM
• The CAPM
• Prices and the CAPM
• Empirical Tests of the CAPM and Alternative Forms of the CAPM Model
• Random Errors in Beta and Bias in the Parameters of the CAPM

• Problem Set 4


EFFICENT MARKETS HYPOTHESIS (Chapter 17)
• Some Background
• Tests of Return Predictability
• Announcement and Price Return
• Methodology on Event Studies (For full references on event study go to http://event-studies.blogspot.com/)
• Strong-Form Efficiency
• Market Rationality

• Problem Set 5