Module Identifier 
AC30420 
Module Title 
INVESTMENTS 
Academic Year 
2007/2008 
Coordinator 
Professor Owain M Ap Gwilym 
Semester 
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters) 
Other staff 
Miss Sarah Lindop 
PreRequisite 
AC10310 , AC10410 OR EC10910 , AC10710 
CoRequisite 
AC32820 
Course delivery 
Lecture  20 Hours. 

Seminars / Tutorials  8 Hours. 
Assessment 
Assessment Type  Assessment Length/Details  Proportion 
Semester Exam  3 Hours  80% 
Semester Assessment  2,000 word essay  20% 
Supplementary Exam  3 Hours  100% 

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Measure and evalute risk and return

Distinguish between individual asset risk and systematic risk

Apply key analytical techniques for investment analysis

Evalute the practical relevance of classic theories of investment

Analyse options and other derivative assets

Analyse fixed income securities and the term structure of interest rates
Aims
The module aims to equip you with the necessary tools for quantitative analysis of financial markets. It will enable you to evaluate personal and institutional investments, to analyse options and other derivative assets, and to conduct basic analysis of the term structure of interest rates.
Brief description
Together with AC32820 (Financial Markets and Institutions) and AC30520 (Corporate Finance), this module forms part of modern finance. This module emphasises analytical aspects of the subjects and is quantitative. It introduces the three classic models: model of portfolio selection, the capital asset pricing model and option pricing model. In addition, it covers part of fixedincome theory, ie, bond pricing and term structure of interest rates.
Content
Introduction and Background:
Readings:
Bodie and Merton, Chapter 1;
Elton et al, Chapter 2;
Sharpe et al, Chapter 1.
Topic 1: Portfolio Theory
Key concepts: risk and return, mean and variance, correlation coefficient, diversification principle, minimum variance portfolio, the tangency portfolio, risk aversion, indifference curve, optimal portfolio.
Readings:
Bodie and Merton, Chapters 10.1, 10.7, 11.10 & 12;
Elton et al, Chapters 4, 5, 6 & 10.
Sharpe et al, Chapters 6, 7 & 8.
Topic 2: The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
Key concepts: market portfolio, capital market line, security market line, covariance, Beta.
Readings:
Bodie and Merton, Chapter 13;
Elton et al, Chapter 13;
Sharpe et al, Chapter 9.
Topic 3: Options and Other Derivative Assets
Key concepts: Call, put, American (European) options, option, payoff diagrams, PutCall Parity, oneperiod binomial model, The BlackScholes model for European call option.
Readings:
Bodie and Merton, Chapters 14 & 15;
Elton et al, Chapters 23 & 24;
Sharpe et al, Chapters 19 & 20.
Topic 4: Bond and Term Structure Theories
Key concepts: Spot rates, forward rates, yield curves, theories of interest rate.
Readings:
Bodie and Merton, Chapter 8;
Elton et al, Chapters 21 & 22;
Sharpe et al, Chapters 13, 14 & 15.
Reading Lists
Books
** Recommended Text
Bodie, Zvi. (2000.) Finance /Zvi Bodie, Robert C. Merton.
Prentice Hall 013310897X
Elton, E, M Gruber, S Brown and W Goetzmann (2007) Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis
7th edition. Wiley
** Supplementary Text
Blake, David (2000.) Financial market analysis /David Blake.
2nd ed.. Wiley 9780471877288
Brearley, R and S Myers (2003) Principles of Corporate Finance
7th edition. McGrawHill
Ross, Stephen A. (c2005.) Corporate finance /Stephen A. Ross, Randolph W. Westerfield, Jeffrey Jaffe.
7th ed. McGrawHill/Irwin 0071238441
Rutterford, Janette (June 2007) An Introduction to Stock Exchange Investment
3rd ed.,Revised. Palgrave Macmillan 9780333778029
Sharpe, William F. (1999.) Investments /William F. Sharpe, Gordon J. Alexander, Jeffrey V. Bailey.
6th ed.. PrenticeHall 013011507X
Notes
This module is at CQFW Level 6