FIN 720 (01) - Topics in Finance II

Top Fin II/Financial Decisions

Durham   Paul College of Business&Econ :: Finance
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 15963
Special topics, vary by semester.
Section Comments: Financial Decisions
Prerequisite(s): ADMN 570 with minimum grade of C-
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.
Instructors: Richard Kilbride

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm PCBE 165
Additional Course Details: 

Topic: Financial Decisions

This course seeks to place a framework around how markets work and how humans make financial decisions. Are markets efficient and are investors rational? Or are there elements of behavioral finance at work here? Given that, the course examines rational expectations, efficient markets, and intrinsic valuation. Finance can be viewed as an exact science, mathematical at its roots and hopelessly entangled with rules and calculations. This course takes this foundation and then examines the role of psychology in financial decision making, including the cognitive and emotional issues that impact human choices in finance and investments. Can we explain why perfect market efficiency doesn’t really happen in practice? In an effort to examine and balance conflicting ideas and approaches, this course will require you to think critically and demonstrate an ability to voice opinions and debate ideas. 

Everything comes back to money in some way. It affects all of us and confuses most of us. We all think about it a little differently. Money offers up plenty of life’s lessons, like risk, confidence, success, and happiness. It’s a magnifying glass on what people do and it’s the greatest show on earth. Students should have a strong background in finance (FIN 701 & FIN 702 at a minimum) or economics to benefit from this course.