FINA4481 Advanced Investments

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Finance [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
This unit focuses on financial markets and addresses in more detail the three 'big questions' of investment finance—Why do returns vary through time? Why do returns differ between portfolios? Are markets efficient? Topics include Fama and French asset pricing models, behavioural finance and economic and fundamental determinants of returns.
Students are able to (1) appraise and integrate the papers studied in this unit; (2) evaluate the reasoning and empirical analyses of the researchers whose papers they study; (3) evaluate proposed answers to the three 'big questions' posed; and (4) appraise and criticise advanced research in investment finance.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment and (2) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Raymond da Silva Rosa and Mr Daniel Cahill
Unit rules
FINA3324 Investment Analysis (or equivalent); and if a Master of Applied Finance student FINA5521 Quantitative Methods in Finance and permission from the course coordinator
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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