Advanced Investments

Subject FNCE90007 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of classes per week plus 3 hours of seminars during the semester
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of Commerce (Finance)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: FNCE40002 Advanced Investments
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the principles and techniques of portfolio choice and asset pricing with particular emphasis on the latest research. Topics may include factor pricing models, performance evaluation, event studies, consumption-based asset pricing, dynamic portfolio choice, and behavioural finance.


On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Explain factor pricing models and apply them to practical problems;
  • Evaluate the performance of investment managers;
  • Evaluate the impact of corporate events on a firm’s value;
  • Explain the intuition behind consumption-based asset pricing;
  • Recognise the potential but also the limits of return predictability; and
  • Create optimal portfolios for private and institutional investors.

A 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%), and two assignments of not more than 1500 words (15%) each, with the first assignment due by the end of week 5 of semester, and the second assignment due by the end of week 10 of semester.

Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Collaborative learning
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Interpretation and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis of data and other information
  • Evaluation of data and other information
  • Using computer software
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
Notes: Students may not gain credit for both FNCE90007 Advanced Investments and FNCE40002 Advanced Investments.
Related Course(s): Master of Commerce - Finance

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