Principles of Finance (FIN 311)
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
Instructor: Donald W. Swanton
Contact Information: office Wabash 1112z, telephone (312) 281-3278, fax (312) 281-3290, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web site http://sites.roosevelt.edu/dswanton/. My web site has information about office hours etc. If this seems a lot to remember, just Google Swanton Roosevelt, and this will be the first hit.
Time: Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-12:15
Location: WB 1111
Text: Foundations of Financial Management 15th ed. by Block, Hirt, and Danielson, (B), McGraw-Hill, 2014, ISBN-978-0-07-786161-2. Students should have financial calculator (TI BA-II or II+ or TI 83+, TI84, or TI89). If you bought a graphing calculator for MATH 116 or 121, you have the right one. I will be handing out my Notes on Finance (S) in class as the semester progresses.
Prerequisites: ACCT 210 (but NOT 211), ECON 101-102, MATH 116 or 121, ENG 101-102. The mathematics prerequisite is very important. Students who attempt this class before finishing it generally drop the class within a few weeks.
Goals: This course introduces students to the time value of money. We will develop some of its applications to corporate investment planning, valuation of projects and securities, and to retirement planning. Then we will discuss capital structure (the difference made by the firm’s choice of financing) from both economic and ethical points of view
Grades: Grades will be determined by an equally weighted average of the best three out of the four quiz grades and the retirement planning project. Quizzes will receive the numerical version of letter grades, A = 4.00, A/B = 3.50, B = 3.00 B/C = 2.50, etc.
An average above 3.50 is required for an A, above 2.50 for a B, etc. I do not give plusses and minusses. I will post new sample quizzes on my web page as we get colse to each quiz date.
Homework: I will assign problems each Thursday due the following Tuesday when we will discuss them. This discussion will include additional parts of some the problems not assigned at first and new problems suggested by student questions. Do not think that because we will go over the answers on Tuesday that you can afford not to try them first. Finance is not a spectator sport. These problems are the heart of the course. They often reappear on subsequent quizzes. I will collect homework and check it in but not grade it.
Attendance: I do not take attendance, however see the section on homework.
Plagiarism: Please review Roosevelt’s policy on plagiarism www.roosevelt.edu/plagiarism.
Religious Holidays: Roosevelt’s policy is to accommodate students who will be celebrating religious holidays, and my policy is to be flexible. Talk to me in the first couple of weeks, and we will work something out.
Student Learning Objectives: Business Discipline Principles, Quantitative Techniques, Business Ethics
Notes: My Notes on Finance currently consist of:
S1 Retirement Planning
S2 Capital Structure and Leverage
S3 Corporate Governance and Ethics
The following schedule is tentative. I will revise it as we go along to reflect what we have covered and how much time remains in the semester, and I will put these revisions on my web page.
As of October 6, 2014
Week Chapters Topics
Aug 26 B9 Introduction, the time value of money
That is correct. We begin the week BEFORE Labor Day September 1.
Sep 2 B9 More time value of money
Sep 9 B10 Bond valuation
Sep 16 S1 Retirement planning
Sep 23* S1 Retirement planning
Sep 30 S1 More
Oct 7 B12 Capital budgeting, NPV and IRR
Oct 14* B12 More NPV and IRR, comparing projects
Oct 21 B12, B13 Depreciation and project cash flows
Oct 28 B12, B13 Interdependent projects
Nov 4 S2 Cost of capital
Nov 11* S2 Leverage and capital structure
Nov 18 S2 The world of Perfect Markets, arbitrage
Nov 25 //// Thanksgiving break
Dec 2 S2, S3 Investment decisions with different financing
Dec 9* ///// Last Quiz
Quizzes will be given on the Tuesdays of weeks marked with an asterisk (*), including the last quiz the Tuesday of final exam week.
THE RETIREMENT PROJECT
You are a financial planner. You have clients who are just beginning to think about planning for retirement. They are both thirty five years old and have $80,000 in a company retirement plan which they can roll over into their own plan. They want to retire at 67 but are wondering what effect retiring a year or two earlier or later will have on their retirement. Their combined income is $100,000 per year, and they want to finance the same income in retirement. When they retire they can purchase a two-life annuity with an expected second death at age 87.
They have not taken any finance courses, and their last mathematics course was many years ago. They will not understand equations, formulas, or finance jargon. The words we have been using in FIN 311 are all strange to them. Large tables will make their eyes glaze over. You must explain your recommendations to them in simple, ordinary language. Prepare a plan with some alternative rates of return and retirement dates and explain what annual contributions they must make to the plan to make their retirement what they want. Make your own assumptions about social security by the time they retire.
Half your grade will be determined by the calculations you choose to make, and half will depend on the clear and simple presentation of your recommendations.
You may use yourself or someone you know as the client rather than the couple in the first version. This client does not know any more about finance or mathematics than the couple, so you must explain everything in the same simple language.
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