ECON S-192 Introduction to Capital Markets and Investments
Investors face two major issues in investing surplus funds: asset allocation (investing in the broad asset classes such as stocks, bonds, and money market instruments), and security selection (finding attractive securities within each asset class). This intensive course introduces students to financial markets, instruments, institutions, modern portfolio theory, security analysis, and risk management. These are vast and complex topics that can not be covered fully in one course. However, one of the goals is to make students life-long learners so they may sharpen their investing skills and styles over time from among the many approaches to investing that have been proposed. This course also provides useful background to students who wish to pursue a career as a financial planner, financial analyst, stock broker, fund manager, or investment banker. Students cannot take both ECON S-192 and ECON E-1920 for degree credit.