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STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
ECO 526B: Financial Economics I (Investment)
Instructor: Dr. Guangyu Ma
Lectures: T R 12:30-1:50 p.m., Talbert 103
Office: Fronczak Hall 203B;
Office hours: Tuesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Overview: This course is one of the mordern micro-finance core courses offered in the department. The goal of this course is to provide a sound foundation for the main concepts in investments. Students who master the course material will acquire the analytical tools and financial theory necessary for making good investment decisions and understanding the paradigms by which financial securities are valued from the perspective of a portfolio manager rather than an individual investor. This course can also serve as a preparation course for students who will be interested in taking the CFA or FRM tests in the near future.
Textbook: Bodie, Kane, and Marcus, Investments, 8th ed. Irvin McGraw Hill, 2009
Burton Malkiel, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, 2003, 8th edition
Z. Bodie, A. Kane, and A.J. Marcus, 2010, Essentials of Investments (8th edition), Mc-Graw Hill Irwin International Edition. ISBN 007-125143-X. (Abridged version of the main textbook.)
John C. Cochrane, 2005, Asset Pricing (Revised Edition), Princeton University Press.(Advanced graduate textbook.)
John C. Hull, 2009, Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (7th edition), Prentice Hall. (The leading modern textbook on derivatives.)
John Y. Campbell, 2000, Asset Pricing at the Millennium, Journal of Finance 55, 1515-1568. (A graduate-level survey of asset pricing.)
Class website: You will need to register with this course on the UBlearn webpage, the link is: https://ublearns.buffalo.edu/. You will need your UBIT user name and password to login.
Grading, Coverage and Exams:
Percent of Grade
October 5 (T)
November 9 (T)
December 9 (Th)