Fixed Income Markets and Management

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
FINC 4420
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Fixed Income Markets and Management analyze various fixed income instruments and derivatives of those investments. The course will emphasize traditional bond and term structure concepts crucial to understanding the functioning of these markets. The risk profiles of the instruments will be examined and used in formulating fixed income investment portfolios appropriate for different objectives and strategies. Performance measurement techniques will show how to evaluate the success of any strategy.
Course Content
  1. The pricing of bonds
  2. Measuring bond yields
  3. Bond price volatility
  4. Measurement of Duration
  5. Bond risk factors and the term structure of interest rates
  6. Treasury securities
  7. Corporate debt instruments
  8. Mortgage loans and securities
  9. Securitization and Asset Backed Securities
  10. Bond portfolio management
  11. Performance management of bond portfolios
  12. Interest rate derivatives
  13. Hedging strategies with bond portfolios
Learning Activities

Lecture and discussion.

Means of Assessment
Assignments   0% - 20%
Term Tests   0% - 20%
Midterm Exam          20% - 40%
Final Exam 20% - 40%
Total          100%

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to: 

  1. Explain how bond prices are determined in the market;
  2. Analyze the determinants of bond price volatility;
  3. Identify factors affecting bond yields and the term structure of interest rates;
  4. Analyze the various fixed income instruments other than bonds;
  5. Identify and evaluate the interest rate derivative securities;
  6. Formulate bond portfolio management strategies;
  7. Measure bond portfolio performance.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


Fabozzi, Frank. Bond Markets, Analysis, and Strategies. Latest Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall



Econ 2408 and Finc 3390


No corequisite courses.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for FINC 4420
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BUS 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BUSI 3XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV COMM 3rd (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Winter 2023