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