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FBE 459FinancialDerivatives
Spring2013 ScottJoslin UniversityofSouthernCalifornia MarshallSchoolofBusiness

CourseDescription
Thiscourseintendstobeanintroductiontofinancialderivatives, namelyoptions, futuresandswaps. Ourmaingoalwillbetofocusontheusesofderivativesfor hedgingandspeculationandtounderstandriskneutralpricingofderivatives. The emphasisofthecoursewillbeonconceptualissuesasopposedtotheinstitutional aspects(althoughthebasicinstitutionalaspectswillbecovered). Byallstandards this is a quantitative class and a good background in calculus and statistics is highlydesirable, ifnotnecessary. KnowledgeofExcelwillbeuseful(thoughnot required)assomeanalysiswillbedoneinExcel.

ClassSchedule
TheclassmeetsonTuesdaysandThursdaysfrom2:00–3:50p.m.inJKP 112.

CourseWebsite
AllteachingmaterialswillbepostedonBlackboard. Classannouncementsand problemsetswillbepostedhere.

OfficeHours
I willholdofficehoursonWednesdaysfrom1:00–2:00p.m., HOH 402, orby appointment(sjoslin@usc.edu). Feelfreealsotoaskquestionsbyemail.

CourseRequirementsandGrading
Thefollowingweightingschemewillbeusedtodeterminethecoursegrade: • 25%MidtermExam • 40%FinalExam • 20%ProblemSets • 15%Constructivecontributionandin-classpresentations

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ThemidtermwillbeinclassonTuesdayFebruary26th. Thefinalwillbeheld Thursday May 9th, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Problem sets are an important part of the course, andarestronglyrecommended. However, ifyouchoosenottoturnin aproblemset, theextraweight(5%)willbegiveneitherthemidtermgrade(for problemsets1–2)orthefinalexamgrade(forproblemsets3–5). Thisrulewill alsoapplyforanyproblemsetwithscorelowerthanthecorrespondingexam. Thefinalexamiscumulative. Theconstructivecontributionportionofyourgradeisbasedonpositiveandquality...
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