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The Catholic University of America

DEPARTMENTOF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

MGT 342: FINANCIAL MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS


SPRING 2014
Credit Hours: 3 Prerequisites: MGT 426; ECON 324
Classroom: McGivney Class Hours: Mon &Wed: 9:40 to 10:55

Instructor: Dr. Jamshed Uppal, Assoc. Professor Office: 303/4 McMahon Hall;

Phone: (202) 319-4730 E-mail: Uppal@cua.edu

Office Hours: Monday &Wednesday 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. & by appointment
Course Description: The course emphasizes the basic principles and theoretical framework of financial decision making in financial institutions. Financial markets, including futures and options, international as well as the regulatory environment are covered.
Instructional Methods: Lecture
Required Text: Authors: Anthony Saunders and Marcia Million Cornett,

Title: Financial Markets and Institutions, McGraw-Hill / Irwin, 4th Edition


Recommended Text: The Wall Street Journal
Course Goals: The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of financial markets and management issues in financial institutions.
Goals for Student Learning: At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate an understand the nature and working of the contemporary financial markets, institutions and the regulatory environment, the nature and scope of global marketplace and environment, the efficiency of our integrated financial system, the mechanism of interest rates, the markets for debt and equity, risk management in financial institutions and working of the global banking institutions.
Course Requirements: Term grade shall be based on points distributed as follows:

Term Project 50 17%

Assignments & participation 50 17%

Mid-term Exam 100 33%

Final Exam 100 33%

Total: 300 100%



The Final Exam will not be cumulative.
Assessment: The School of Business and Economics has adopted the following grading scale across the School:

Undergraduate

Points

Grade

96-100

A

91-95

A-

86-90

B+

81-85

B

76-80

B-

71-75

C+

66-70

C

60-65

C-

55-59

D

0-54

F

Expectations and policies
Academic honesty: Academic honesty is expected of all CUA students. Please review the complete texts of the University policy and procedures regarding Student Academic Dishonesty, including requirements for appeals, at http://policies.cua.edu/academicundergrad/integrity.cfm and http://policies.cua.edu/academicundergrad/integrity.cfm.
Policies and Expectations: Class lectures are intended to highlight the text material and to provide supplementary support. Class attendance is expected. You are responsible for the material covered in the class and assigned otherwise. It is assumed that you have read the relevant material and attempted the suggested problems before class. The class schedule is tentative of necessity and changes may be required during the term.

Exam will consist of true/false, multiple-choice questions and problems designed to test your understanding of concepts, factual material and problem-solving abilities. Grades are assigned strictly on the basis of the performance in the course. Assignments are due and the chapter quizzes are scheduled for the day following the assigned chapter. Late assignments will not be accepted and no make up quiz will be given. Make-up tests may be given only for university approved and properly documented reasons and scheduled at the discretion of the professor. Incompletes will not be given.



Web/WSJ assignments are intended to have you relate the textbook material to the current financial practices and issues. You may do one of the following 1) Web-exercises assigned for each chapter. 2) Bringing in a current issue relating to each chapter material from the financial news and articles drawing on sources such as the Wall Street Journal. If you’d like to do something different please check with me in advance. The output should be at least one page of summary complete with the sources quoted or appended. You should be prepared to present and discuss your output in the class, which will count for participation.

Accommodations for students with disabilities: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs. Please contact Disability Support Services (at 202 319-5211, room 207 Pryzbyla Center) to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. To read about the services and policies, please visit the website: http://disabilitysupport.cua.edu.

SCHEDULE

Day




Topic

Assignments

13-Jan

Mon

Chapter 1: Introduction




15-Jan

Wed

Chapter 2 & 4: Interest Rates and the FED




20-Jan

Mon

Martin Luther King Day - holiday




22-Jan

Wed







27-Jan

Mon

Chapter 5: Money Markets




29-Jan

Wed







3-Feb

Mon

Chapter 6: Bond Markets




5-Feb

Wed







10-Feb

Mon

Chapter 7: Mortgage Markets




12-Feb

Wed







17-Feb

Mon

Chapter 11: Commercial Banks - Overview




19-Feb

Wed

Chapter 12: Commercial Banks - Financial Statements




21-Feb

Mon







25-Feb

Tue

Chapter 13: Regulation of Commercial Banks

Note: Monday classes meet




26-Feb

Wed







3-Mar

Mon

Mid-term





5-Mar

Wed

Chapter 14: Other Lending Institutions

10-Mar

Mon

Spring Break




12-Mar

Wed

Spring Break





17-Mar

Mon







19-Mar

Wed

Chapter 15: Insurance Companies




24-Mar

Mon







26-Mar

Wed

Chapter 18: Pension Funds




31-Mar

Mon







2-Apr

Wed

Chapter 19: Types of Risks in Financial Institutions




7-Apr

Mon







9-Apr

Wed

Chapter 20: Managing Credit Risk




14-Apr

Mon







16-Apr

Wed

Chapter 21: Managing Liquidity Risk




21-Apr

Mon

No Class – Easter Recess




23-Apr

Wed







28-Apr

Mon

Chapter 22: Managing Interest Rate Risk




30-Apr

Wed







7-May

Wed

FINAL EXAM – 8:00 - 10:00









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