Dr. P.V. Viswanath



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FIN 320: Advanced Topics in Financial Management
Course Outline and TimeTable


Fall 2008


Class Meeting Week and Days


Projects and other Deadlines

Week 1
September 3, 8

Chapter 29 Corporate Governance (Slides)

Making Sense of the Risks Posed by Governance Issues, May 26, 2007, The Economist, p. B3

Week 2
September 10, 15

Chap. 2 Financial Statement Analysis (Slides)

Analysts Like Hologic + Cytyc, But Market is Wary
Look at Hologic's Financial Statements (latest 10K can be found by going to http://finance.yahoo.com and looking at HOLX's SEC filings), particularly its operating leases (p. 56 of 10K filing for year ending Sept. 2006).

Week 3
September 17, 22

Chapter 4: The Time Value of Money (Slides)

Try to compute cashflows for Hologic, using financial data from Yahoo or 10Ks.

Week 4
September 24, 29

Chapter 7: Fundamentals of Capital Budgeting

Currency Funds Spur Indexes, WSJ article, May 30, 2007.

Week 5
October 1 (no class), October 6

Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Valuing Stocks; Capital Markets and the Pricing of Risk (Slides; Excel file on diversification )

Week 6
October 8, 13

Chapter 12 The Capital Asset Pricing Model

Project on Capital Governance due by email by midnight

Week 7
October 15 (no class), October 20

Chapter 13 Alternative Models of Systematic Risk
(Slides; Excel file on Beta Computation)

Exam based on Chapters 2-7

Week 8
October 22 (no class), October 27

Estimating Hurdle Rates for Firms (contd.)

Latest Trend in Big Buyouts: Blend of Public, Private Traits, Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2007; Page C1

Week 9
October 29, November 3

Estimating Hurdle Rates for Firms (contd.) 

What's so great about private equity? WSJ article, Nov. 27, 2006

Week 10
November 5, 10

Chapter 23 The Mechanics of Raising Equity Capital

Week 11
November 12, 17

Chapter 24 Debt Financing

"Qantas to Create Freight Company, Review Options," WSJ, May 25, 2007.

Capital Structure Assignment due by email before midnight

Week 12
November 19, 24

Chapter 14, 15 Capital Structure in a Perfect Market; Debt and Taxes (slides)

Exam (Chapters 16, 17, 18 and 21) based on Capital Structure and Dividend Policy.

Week 13
November 26, December 1

Chapter 16 Financial Distress, Managerial Incentives, and Information (slides)


Week 14
December 3, 8

Chapter 17: Payout Policy



Final Exam


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