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Introduction to Finance. Economics 71a: Spring 2007 Lecture notes 1. Course Syllabus . Contacts Prerequisites and other courses Who should take this course Readings Exams/grading Topics. Contacts. Professor Blake LeBaron blebaron@brandeis.edu www.brandeis.edu/~blebaron

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introduction to finance

Introduction to Finance

Economics 71a: Spring 2007

Lecture notes 1

course syllabus
Course Syllabus
  • Contacts
  • Prerequisites and other courses
    • Who should take this course
  • Readings
  • Exams/grading
  • Topics
contacts
Contacts
  • Professor Blake LeBaron
    • blebaron@brandeis.edu
    • www.brandeis.edu/~blebaron
    • www.brandeis.edu/~blebaron/classes/econ71a
    • Sachar 204, 736-2258
    • Office Hours (or by appointment)
      • Monday/Wednesday 11-12
  • TA:Gillian Kagin
    • gkagin07@brandeis.edu
prerequisites and other courses
Prerequisites and Other Courses
  • Prerequisites
    • Econ 2a (Principles of economics)
    • Math (basic algebra)
    • Statistics
      • means, expected values
      • variances
      • correlations
what is the course about
What is the course about?
  • What function do financial markets serve?
  • How do investors make decisions?
  • How do firms make decisions?
  • How should you approach finance and policy decisions in the future?
who should take this course
Who should take this course?
  • Primarily intended for noneconomics majors
  • Good for those who want basic finance information and
  • Those interested in finance, but not really sure
what other finance courses are there
What other finance courses are there?
  • 171a: Financial Economics
  • 174a: Corporate Finance
  • 172b: Money and Banking
  • 161a: International Finance
  • Notes for econ majors
    • Econ71a can only be taken before Econ171a
    • Econ71a cannot be taken in the same semester as Econ171a
readings
Readings
  • Main books
    • H. B. Mayo, Basic Finance: An Introduction to Financial Institutions, Investments, and Management
    • Malkiel, A Random Walk Down Wall St.
  • Other readings
    • Internet links
    • Handouts (email)
exams and grading
Exams and Grading
  • Two quizzes (30%)
    • Wednesday, Feb 14th (1/2 class)
    • Wednesday, April 18th (1/2 class)
  • Midterm exam (30%)
    • Wednesday, March 14th (in class)
  • Final exam (30%)
    • Tuesday, May 8th 1:30-4:30pm (K Block)
  • Problem sets (10 %)
topics
Topics
  • Go to web
readings11
Readings
  • Reading for next week
    • Mayo, chapters 1, 2 and 3
what is finance
What is Finance?
  • Moving scarce resources over time and states of nature
  • Examples:
    • Time
      • Car loan
    • States of nature:
      • Car insurance
why study finance
Why Study Finance?
  • Manage your own funds
  • Manage a business’ funds
  • Fruitful career opportunities
  • Informed policy choices
  • Intellectual curiosity
    • Economist testing ground
why is it getting complicated
Why is it Getting Complicated?
  • Traditional players
    • Investment banks
    • Banks
    • Brokerages houses
    • Investment advisors
    • Insurance companies
  • Nontraditional players
    • Quicken
    • Google
    • Microsoft
what other things are changing
What Other Things are Changing?
  • Internet
  • Globalization
  • Self-reliance