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Finance

GBF 101 Principles of Finance (3 Credits)

An introductory study of the basic principles, instruments, and institutions in the financial marketplace. Topics include the concept of money; the Federal Reserve and the banking system; the provision and management of funds for both the short and long terms; the basic financial instruments; financial characteristics of the firm, including basic balance sheet analysis; the role of the stock and bond markets; interest rates and present value analysis; personal finance issues.

Prerequisite: Co-requisite: GBE 101 or GBE 102

GBF 210 Investment Principles (3 Credits)

Characteristics and investment strategies related to stocks, bonds, and options. Sources of return and risk are explored. The foundations of financial research are developed with regard to information sources, valuation techniques, computation of return and risk and their relationship. SEC regulations; methods of performance evaluation.

Prerequisite: GBF 101

GBF 220 Corporate Finance (3 Credits)

Methods of capital budgeting and corporate financial decision-making; valuation techniques, market efficiency, capital structure, dividend policy, Betas, cost of capital, portfolio analysis and the Miller Modiglian principle are incorporated into the analysis; financial analysis under conditions of certainty and uncertainty.

Prerequisite: GBF 101

GBF 241-242 Real Estate Principles I, II (3 Credits)

Instruments and procedure of real estate, agency and contract law. Current regulations concerning fair housing rules, land use, and ethical practices as required in license law. Also covered is real estate mathematics relating to methods of financing and determining the value of real property and closing costs.

Prerequisite: GBF 101 for GBF 241; GBF 241 for GBF 242

GBF 310 Security Analysis (3 Credits)

A continuation of Investment Principles (EBF 210). Both fundamental and advanced approaches to valuation of securities and portfolios are developed. The risk/return trade-off and the selection of optimum portfolios are examined in depth, including reduction-of-risk techniques.

Prerequisite: GBF 210

GBF 321 Portfolio Analysis (3 Credits)

This course provides an examination of modern portfolio theory. It first sets the foundation of the Investment Policy Statement. The course will include an introduction to the fundamental portfolio analysis tools, portfolio risk and return measures and the process of optimal portfolio selection. Following this, it covers topics of applications to portfolio construction and management relevant to Equity and Fixed Income portfolios. These will include international diversification, risk management and hedging, strategies, benchmarks and performance evaluation.

Prerequisite: GBF 210

GBF 330 Financing For-Profit and Non-for-Profit Startups (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the financial requirements of entrepreneurial ventures and on different sources of finance available to entrepreneurs, including those who start not-for-profit ventures. The course develops an understanding on how to assess entrepreneurial financial strategies for small business and not-for-profit startups. It also examines the unique role in the entrepreneurial finance area of such factors as foundations, commercial and investment banks, venture capitalists, angels, internal sources of capital, government grants and incubators.

Prerequisite: GBF 101 or GBM 320

GBF 338 International Financial Markets (3 Credits)

Comprehensive discussion of the international financial environment. The market forces whose interplay determines exchange rates and governmental policies are covered. Parity theorems and description of the international equity and credit markets and their dynamics are presented. The forecasting of price changes and returns on equities and bonds in the international setting are covered.

Prerequisite: GBF 101

GBF 343 Real Estate Finance I (3 Credits)

Examines the fundamentals of real estate finance, including various types of mortgages and financing structures, loan underwriting, the construction loan, and the secondary mortgage. Debt securitization and financing residential and income-producing property are explored.

Prerequisite: GBF 220

GBF 344 Real Estate Finance II (3 Credits)

Provides an analytical framework for understanding the real estate finance and development process from both a quantitative and non-quantitative perspective. Topics addressed include establishing investment/development objectives, identifying prospective sites, understanding the public permitting process, preparing market and feasibility studies, securing debt and equity financing, coordinating the design and construction process, and marketing and managing real estate assets. Includes preparation of income statements, sources and uses of funds statements, federal tax impact analysis, and discounted cash flow analysis.

Prerequisite: GBF 343

GBF 400 Selected Topics in Finance (1-3 Credits)

An upper division course designed to give greater coverage to those finance topics that are not covered in great detail in other courses. The topics selected are at the discretion of the instructor. Some potential topics include dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, risk markets, cost of capital and capital structure. An integral part of the course is the class presentation required of all students. The presentation revolves around some area of interest from the topics covered in the course.

Prerequisite: GBF 210 and GBF 220. May be repeated for credit.

GBF 410 Seminar in Options Trading (3 Credits)

The theoretical foundations, institutional details, and practical applications of options trading: various pricing models and their development; in-depth examination of the use of options as speculative, hedging, investment, and arbitrage tools; the role of options with respect to the proper functioning of the modern market economy. The central focus is on stock options.

Prerequisite: GBF 210

GBF 437 International Commodities Trading (3 Credits)

This course looks in detail at derivatives used to conduct commodity trade across international markets. Such derivatives include options, futures, forwards, swaps, and spots. This course also focuses on risk management, and uses mathematical models to set conditions for minimum risk and to predict relevant variables important to such trade.

Prerequisite: GBF 210

GBF 481 Independent Study in Finance (3 Credits)

This course looks in detail at derivatives used to conduct commodity trade across international markets. Such derivatives include options, futures, forwards, swaps, and spots. This course also focuses on risk management, and uses mathematical models to set conditions for minimum risk and to predict relevant variables important to such trade.

Prerequisite: GBF 210.

GBF 498 Internship in Finance (3 Credits)

Seniors majoring in Economics and Finance can register for academic credit for field experience with business or government agencies in the greater New York area. Students will work under the supervision of a faculty member.

Prerequisite: Senior status, GPA of 2.5 in major and departmental permission.

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