An introduction to the analytical approaches corporate managers use in making financial decisions to maximise firm value. The theory and application of fundamental concepts of time value of money, the relationship between risk and return (i.e., CAPM), portfolio theory of investment (i.e., diversification), and capital structure are examined in detail. You will apply these concepts and assorted financial tools to value stocks and bonds, estimate the cost of capital and implement the discounted cashflow technique to make capital budgeting decisions. You will also demonstrate competence with Bloomberg Market Concepts.
|Academic unit:||Bond Business School|
|Subject title:||Fundamentals of Finance|
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On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Explain the key issues faced by corporate financial managers and the analytical approaches required to resolve these issues to maximise firm value.
- Apply time value of money concepts using formulae and financial calculators to value bonds and common stocks.
- Explain the risk/return trade-off using examples from Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the relationship between a firm and the capital markets.
- Demonstrate competence using Bloomberg Market Concepts.
- Apply concepts of cash flow analysis, evaluation techniques and the cost of capital to make a sound capital budgeting decision.
|Online Quiz||Time Value of Money Concept Test consisting of short answer with calculations.||15%||Week 4||2.|
|Online Quiz||Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) quiz covering four modules — Economics, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities.||10%||Week 11||4.|
|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)||Final Examination consisting of short answer with calculations and applied quantitative analysis of managerial problems requiring recommendations.||40%||Week 13||1, 2, 3, 5.|
|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)||Mid-semester Examination consisting of short answer with calculations and applied quantitative analysis of managerial problems requiring recommendations.||35%||Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period)||1, 2, 3.|
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An introduction to the role of the financial manager, forms of business organisation and the larger environment in which businesses operate. Consideration will be given to the relationship of managerial finance to economics, accounting, and the goal of the firm.
Introduces the role of time value in finance, the use of computational tools, and the basic patterns of cash flow. You will calculate the future value and the present value for single amounts and for cash flow streams and understand the effect of compounding frequency on future value.
Introduces the meaning and fundamentals of risk, return, and risk preferences. You will learn procedures for measuring the risk of a single asset and a portfolio, in terms of correlation and diversification. You will explore the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and its relationship to the security market line (SML).
Introduces the general features and rights of bonds and stocks and the differences between debt and equity. You will apply the basic valuation model to bonds, preferred stock and common stock. Consideration will be given to the impact of required return and time to maturity on bond values and the growth rate on stock values when using the dividend discount model.
Introduces the rationale for capital budgeting and steps in the capital budgeting process. You will determine the relevant cash flows to make decisions for acquiring new facilities, new products and expanding existing lines. Consideration will be given to the importance of risk in the capital budgeting process.
Introduces the key assumptions that underlie cost of capital and the specific sources of capital it includes. You will apply these fundamentals to calculate the cost of debt and equity and apply alternative weighting schemes to determine a firm’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC). You will explore how the WACC can be used to make corporate financing and investment decisions.