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  • 1. Finance Electives Dr. Brian F. Smith Finance Area Coordinator
  • 2. Choosing Finance Electives: Start with Career Choice
    • Investment Banker
    • Trader
    • Investment Manager
    • Private Equity
    Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Are you aiming for a career on Bay or Wall Street?
  • 3. Electives Important for Preparing for CFA exams
    • Key Courses (Covering major portions of content)
      • BU387 – Intermediate Accounting I
      • BU397 – Intermediate Accounting II
      • BU423 – Options, Futures and Swaps
      • BU473 – Investment Management
      • BU493t – Seminar in Finance (Fixed Income Analysis)
  • 4. For Bay Street Careers…consider the Laurier Student Investment Fund
    • Laurier Student Investment Fund…Look for e-mail from Department office and be sure to apply in May
      • BU400 – Advanced Equity Analysis I
      • BU410 – Advanced Equity Analysis II
  • 5. Finance Careers Beyond Bay Street
    • Careers with general concentration in Finance
    • Corporate Finance
    • Commercial Banking
    • Real Estate
    • Career with special concentration within Finance
    • Insurance
  • 6. “ General” Finance Concentration
    • Any of the following 4 elective courses in Finance:
    • BU353 - Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance BU403 - Entrepreneurial Finance BU413 - Personal Financial Planning and Management BU419 - Property and Liability Insurance Management BU423 - Options, Futures and Swaps BU429 - Capital Market Issues in Property and Liability Insurance BU433 - Management of Financial Institutions BU443 - International Financial Management BU453 - Working Capital Management BU463 - Advanced Corporate Finance BU473 - Investment Management BU483 - Life and Health Insurance
    • BU493t - Fixed Income Analysis
    • For career in commercial banking, take BU387, BU397, BU433, BU403 or BU453
    • For career in real estate, take BU403
  • 7. Some Caveats
    • BU403 – Entrepreneurial Finance relies on cases, Excel models, readings and term project – students need to be prepared to read and think carefully – different from other Entrepreneurial electives
    • BU463 – Advanced Corporate Finance
      • Case-based with little lecturing
      • Presumes that you have taken other finance electives
      • Don’t take if this is your only finance elective
  • 8. Non-Finance Courses that go well with Finance Electives
    • Economics
      • Macro, micro and econometrics
    • Intermediate financial accounting (BU387 and BU397) – especially for students who want to pursue corporate finance and those preparing for CFA
    • Taxation (BU357)
  • 9. Popular Courses in Finance for the ‘non-finance’ Student
    • 413 – Personal Finance
    • 473 - Investments

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