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MBA 648: Managerial Finance
Course Outline and TimeTable - Spring 2010


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Problem Assignments as given on Assignments Page -- not to be handed in
MFL refers to MyFinanceLab Assignment

Class 1
January 25

Financial Markets and Institutions (Slides)

Text for Financial Markets and Institutions available on Blackboard. Look at the assignment for that chapter; the assignment is due at the beginning of class on February 1

Class 2
February 1

The Corporation (Chap 1) /Corporate Governance (Chap 29)

Text for Corporate Governance available on Blackboard.
Blackboard Discussion Group: post comments on article "Restoring Faith in Financial Markets," by John C. Bogle, Jan. 18, 2010, Wall Street Journal in the Firm Objectives section of Media Articles. Discussion closes Feb. 22.

Class 3
February 8

Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis (Chap 2)(Slides)

MFL Due Feb. 25 (Chap1)

Class 4
February 22

Arbitrage and Financial Decision Making  (Chap 3) (Slides)

MFL Due Feb. 25 (Chap 2)
Prepare Chapter 3 from the text and read the slides. Then go to the 10K for Qualcomm for the Fiscal Year Ended September 27, 2009 and use the information in the Income Statement and the Balance Sheet to compute, in an Excel spreadsheet, all the ratios mentioned in the slides. You can access an interactive version of the financial information here including an Excel version of much of the financial information.

Class 5
March 1

The Time Value of Money (Chap 4) (Slides)

MFL Due on March 4th (Chap 3)

Class 6
March 8

Interest Rates (Chap 5) (Slides)

MFL Due on March 12 (Chap 4)

Class 7
March 15

Midterm Review

MFL Due on March 25 (Chap 5)

Class 8
March 22



Class 9
April 5 (Prof. Natalia Gershun)

Valuing Bonds (Chap 8) (Slides)

Blackboard Discussion Group: post comments on article "Inefficient Markets are Still Hard to Beat," by Jason Zweig, Jan. 10, 2010, Wall Street Journal in the Risk and Return section of Media Articles. Discussion closes April 26.

Class 10
April 12

Investment Decision Rules (Chap 6; Skip Economic Profit or EVA) (Slides; Video)
Fundamentals of Capital Budgeting (Chap 7) (Slides)

MFL Due (Chap 8)

Class 11
April 19

Valuing Stocks (Chap 9) (Slides)

MFL Due (Chap 6)
MFL Due (Chap 7)

Class 12
April 26
Capital Markets and the Pricing of Risk (Chap 10) (Slides)



MFL Due (Chap 9)

Blackboard Discussion Group: post comments on article "Quickie Bankruptcy Filings: Companies Zoom In, Zoom Out" WSJ, Jan. 5, 2010. Discussion closes May 10.
Class 13
May 3
Chap 14: Capital Structure in a Perfect Market (Slides)
Chap 15: Debt and Taxes and Chap 16: Financial Distress, Managerial Incentives, and Information (Slides)
MFL Due (Chap 10)
MFL Due (Chap 14)

Class 14
May 10
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