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University of Waterloo

ACTSC 371: Introduction to Investments Spring, 2016


Keith Freeland, M3 2016, ext. 33356,

Surya Banerjee, M3 2017, ext 39120,

Class Times:

Lecture: 1:00-2:20 MW (MC 4061) (Keith),

8:30-9:50 MW (MC 4061) (Surya)

Tutorial: 1:30-2:20T (DC 1350) The tutorials are scheduled every two



Course Webpage:

Office Hours:

09:00-11:00 Friday (Surya)

Teaching Assistants:

Course Evaluation:

02:30-3:30 Monday (Keith)

See course webpage for their names, email addresses and office hours

Four Tutorial tests (10% each): May 24 th , June 7 th June 21 st and July 5 th , held during tutorial hours.

Final Exam: 60%


This course provides an introduction to


Capital markets,

Analysis of equity and fixed securities

Derivative securities, including

futures, forwards, swaps and


options. Investments (2014) by Bodie, et al. (8 th Canadian Edition)

Supplementary notes

Other resources:



1. If you miss three or more term terms (regardless of documentation) you will automatically receive a grade of DNW. Therefore you should withdraw from the course.

Illness form. See: online.pdf In the case of extenuating circumstances you must provide sufficient documentation to your instructor to verify the circumstances. Missed term tests without proper documentation are automatically awarded a grade of 0.

3. Remarking of Tests: If you have a question regarding the marking of a test you must first check the posted solutions. If you still have a question then please write a clear question on a separate piece of paper, attach it to your test and give it to the Head TA for the course. You have 7 days to appeal a test grade.

Weekly Schedule:

The following table gives a tentative schedule for the material covered:





Investment Environment


May 2

1, 2 (exclude


& Financial Markets and Instruments


Trading on Securities


May 9


Markets; Time value of money

3, May 16


Return and Risk


May 23

5, 7.1

Capital Allocation to Risky Assets & CAPM

Tutorial Test 1: May 24 th 1:30-2:20


5. May 30



Bond Prices and Yields

6. June 6



The Term Structure of Interest Rates

Tutorial Test 2: June 7 st 1:30-2:20


7. June 13



Managing Bond


8. June 20



Managing Bond


Tutorial Test 3: June 21 st 1:30-2:20


Equity Evaluation


June 27



Models; l

10. July 4



Options and Other Derivatives Markets

Tutorial Test 3: July 5 th 1:30-2:20


11. July 11

18, 19.1- 19.3






12. July 18


Forwards, and

Swap Markets

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