Finance 481

FINC 481: Portfolio Wealth Management

Prerequisites: FINC 331

Credit Hours: (3)

This course in Portfolio Management examines investment opportunities and fundamental coverage of portfolio management, including stock valuation, derivatives, and wealth management techniques.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

The topics to be covered in this course include the following:
• The Investment Policy Statement
• Asset Pricing
• Equity Markets and Instruments
• Equity Screens
• Equity Analysis Techniques (Fundamental Analysis)
• Bonds
• Diversification for Wealth Management
• Active Indexing / Use of Mutual Funds
• (Additional) Behavioral Finance Issues
• Derivatives / Options contracts
• Performance Measurement and Attribution
• Risk Management for Asset Portfolios
• Measurement
• Value-at-Risk
• Hedging Methodologies
• The Wealth Management Investment Process
• Global Financial Markets

In addition, spreadsheet development and available investment databases and software will be utilized.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be conducted in a lecture/discussion format. A capstone case will synthesize the learning goals for the course. Software applications for risk management and portfolio optimization will be used in the learning process, providing a hands-on application of tools like those used in the global portfolio and wealth management industry.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• Recognize and understand topics they will encounter as they enter wealth management professions
• Describe the risk and return profiles of investment strategies and portfolios
• Simulate the construction of diversified investment portfolios
• Apply fundamental skills for working in financial planning, investment analysis, and portfolio management professions
• Discuss risk management techniques for investment portfolios
• Summarize the steps in the Portfolio Wealth Management Process

Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class tests, a final examination, the assignment and presentation of problem exercises, papers and case analyses, and class preparation and participation.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval


November 2011 Reviewed Dr. Dan Davidson, Chair