
Q. What do I have to study for the Midterm and what will it look like?
A. The midterm will cover Chapters 17 and Chapter 9 and will have three or four parts.
 There will be quantitative questions on some or all of the following topics:
 Determining margin requirements on margin purchases (Chapter 3)
 Determining margin requirements on short sales (Chap. 3)
 Computing rates of return on mutual funds (Chap. 4)
 Probability distributions (Chap. 5)
 Computing the optimal amount to be invested in the risky portfolio and in the riskfree asset (Chap 6)
 Computing the optimal portfolio with two risky assets (Chap 7)
 Computing expected returns of individual securities using the CAPM (Chap 9)
 There will be questions from the list of Additional Questions provided for each chapter.
(Look in Blackboard under Course Documents.)
 There will be short answer questions based on the material in the chapters. (See questions under Important Terms and Concepts)
 There will be an article from the media (WSJ, NY Times, Economist etc.) and questions on the text of the article.
Q. What will the final exam cover?
Ans. The midterm will be on the material from Chaps 915. Even though part of Chapter 9 was covered in the midterm, the material for the final will cover Chap. 9. The format of the final will be similar to that of the midterm.
 There will be quantitative questions on some or all of the following topics:
 Bond pricing problems from Chapter 14
 Problems dealing with extracting information from the term structure from Chapter 15
 Questions from the List of Additional Questions provided for each Chapter from Chapters 9 15.
(Look in Blackboard under Course Documents.)
 Short answer questions based on the material in chapters 915. (See questions under Important Terms and Concepts.)
 There will be an article from the media (WSJ, NY Times, Economist etc.) and questions on the text of the article.
Q. Are the exams open book or closed
book?
Ans. The midterm and the final exams are closed book; however, you can
bring in one 8.5x11 sheet, which can contain only formulas. I am very strict about this. You may write
on both sides of the paper. However, you may not staple several
sheets of paper together. Going through your notes probably
cannot make up for the lack of a proper understanding of the material. If you have anything proscribed on your sheet, I will take away the sheet altogether and I may penalize you, as well.
Q. Can I use a calculator during the exams?
Ans: Yes, you may use a calculator during the exams. However, for every problem, you will have to write out the formula that you are using both in symbolic form, as well as with the numbers filled in. If you have done this, you don't have to show your computations. You can simply copy your numerical answer from your calculator. However, if you have not provided the formula in the answer, you may receive no points at all!
The use of computers, PDAs, graphing calculators, phone calculators or other instruments that can communicate and/or are able to store alphanumeric information is strictly prohibited during exams (it is your responsibility to verify whether your calculator is allowed, otherwise you will end up in an exam without a calculator).
Q. Can I do extra work to improve my
grade?
Ans. Sorry. I believe that in order to be fair, I have to give every student
the same opportunity to do extra work. Obviously, this is not feasible.
However, on occasion I will allow you to resubmit an assignment for grade
improvement.
Q. What can I do to check my
understanding of the material and to prepare for the exams?
Ans. Here are some of the things you can do:
 To prepare for the Quantitative problems part of the exam, you can do the quantitative problems from the end of each chapter, as well as from the Additional Questions on Blackboard plus the problems on Connect.
 For the media article part of the exam, you can read current newspaper and magazine articles on relevant topics
and make up your own questions and articles. The Discussion Group on Blackboard will also be useful, as will the occasional discussions in class based on media articles. You should try to answer the questions at the end of media
articles that are posted online.
 You should read the chapter and try to answer the questions posed on the web under Important Terms and Concepts.
 You can make an appointment to talk to me.
Q. What do I have to study from
each chapter?
Ans. In each chapter, you should know the definitions and the meanings
of key terms, and be able to put them into context. You should also look
at the endofchapter problems. And of course you should know the content of each chapter. 
