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Security Analysis

Course Code: FINC 3390
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Finance
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course focuses on the analysis of individual equity and fixed income securities using theoretical, fundamental and technical techniques. Major areas covered are capital markets, financing, listing and regulation, the process of investing using stock trading simulation software, equities, fixed income securities, derivatives, market analysis, valuation of securities, portfolio approach to investing, mutual funds, hedge funds, and different types of investment accounts. Credit will not be given for both FINC 3350 and FINC 3390.

Course Content

1. Characteristics, needs, users and sources of investment capital.

2. Structure of capital markets, market efficiency and market indexes.

3. The investment process, types of trades and accounts.

4. Characteristics and types of equities.

5. Principles, features and types of fixed income securities.

6. Warrants, options, futures and forwards.

7. Equity valuation models and techniques.

8. Bond prices, yields and duration.

9. Structure, redemption and regulation of mutual funds and ETFs.

10. Styles, benefits and risks of hedge funds and other specialized products.

11. Portfolio approach to investing.

Methods of Instruction

Material will be presented within a lecture/discussion/application environment.

Means of Assessment

Midterm exam(s)    30%- 40%
Term Project          20%-25%
Quizzes                 10%-15%
Final Exam             30%-40%
Total                     100%

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe structure of capital markets, market efficiency and financial services industry.

2. List and explain the different types of market indexes.

3. Demonstrate and explain use of different types of trades, margin accounts and short sales.

4. Describe the different types of equity securities

5. Demonstrate features of various types of fixed income securities.

6. List and describe the different types of derivative securities and their features.

7. Demonstrate the different types of valuation models and techniques on equities.

8. Perform bond price, yield and duration calculations.

9. Identify and describe the various types of mutual funds and ETFs, their structures and regulations.

10. Identify and explain the features of hedge funds and other specialized products.

11. Demonstrate the principles and methods which apply to the portfolio approach to investing.

course prerequisites

FINC 2340 or approved substitute OR currently active in the:
PDD Financial Planning or
PDD Financial Analysis.  



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.