FIN2105 Portfolio Management
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.
The current trend in the funds management industry is away from security analysis (stock picking) and towards asset allocation (managing the balance of equities, bonds, cash etc). The former, which may be called investment management, has been surpassed in importance by the latter, which may be called portfolio management. Portfolio management is important to both individuals who manage their own personal assets and managers who manage the assets of others. This course aims to cover the important aspects of portfolio management. Coverage includes: the construction of the portfolio and importance of investment objectives and policies; the management of the portfolio including the selection of assets, the utilisation of modern portfolio methods and the revision of the portfolio; and the protection of the portfolio through the use of derivatives. Emphasis is placed on the analytical aspects of portfolio management and the decision making process to enable students to apply the established theories and models in the financial world.