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DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN



Austin, Texas 78712-0217 • (512) 471-4368 • FAX (512) 471-5073

Fall


376: International Finance Fall 2014

03825: MW 8:00am-9:30am UTC 4.110
Overview of the Course
Instructor: Dr. Robert C. Duvic

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Department of Finance

Office: GSB 5.176D

Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, 12:30pm-1:30pm and by appointment.

Phone Number: 471-6026

E-mail: robert.duvic@mccombs.utexas.edu
Textbook: Cheol Eun and Bruce Resnick, International Financial Management, Seventh Edition, The McGraw-Hill Companies. The Sixth edition of this book may also be used.
Course Description: Finance 376 examines the foreign exchange markets and how they shape the environment within which corporate wealth-maximizing decisions are made. The course is designed for upper-division undergraduate students who have a good understanding of basic economics, corporate finance and asset valuation.
Course Objective: This course has two primary objectives.

First: To develop a market-based understanding of exchange rates and show how exchange rate volatility affects corporate decision-making. Four major areas will be covered.



  • The International Environment

  • The Foreign Exchange Derivative Markets

  • What Factors Affect Exchange Rates

  • Foreign Exchange Exposure and the Firm

Second: To develop a general understanding of market functioning. The course will not only develop the institutional and quantitative details of markets, but also introduce a “financial” way of thinking about costs and risks.
Prerequisites:

I assume that you have a comprehensive understanding of valuation theory and corporate financial decision-making from Finance 357 and an understanding of the basic economic concepts as covered in Eco 302 and 303.

Syllabus appendices

A: Class Schedule and assignments

B: Evaluations

C: Supporting Materials

D: Course Policies
Appendix A: Schedule and Assignments
The dates in this schedule are approximate: the actual pace of the class and scheduling of quizzes will determine the speed of the course.
Part I: The International Environment

Aug 27 Course Introduction

Sep 1 Labor Day
Sept 3 1. International Trade and Foreign Exchange

Reading: Eun & Resnick (ER): Chapter 1; Appendix A

Supplemental Readings



Questions: ER Chapter 1: Questions 1 through 9

Problems: ER Appendix A: Problems 1, 2

Sep 8 2. International Monetary System

Sep 10 Reading: ER Chapter 2

Supplemental Readings



Questions: ER Chapter 2: Questions 1 through 12
Sep 15 3. Balance of Payments:

Reading: ER Chapter 3

Supplemental Readings



Question: ER Chapter 3: Question 1 through 12
Part II: Introduction to Foreign Exchange Markets

Sep 17 4. Spot Market

Sep 22 Reading: ER Chapter 5: pp. 110-128 (6th Edition: pp. 112-129)

Questions: ER Chapter 5: Questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10

Problems: ER Chapter 5: 1, 8, 9, 10, 11
Sep 24 Test 1: Topics 1, 2, 3
Sep 29 5. Forward Market

Reading: ER Chapter 5: pp. 129-134 (6th Edition: pp. 129-135)

Questions: ER Chapter 5: Questions 5, 7

Problems: ER Chapter 5: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13
Part III: Forecasting Exchange Rates

Oct 1 6. Exchange rates and interest rates



Reading: ER Chapter 6: pp. 139-148 (6th Edition: pp. 140-149)

Questions: ER Chapter 6: Question 1, 2

Problems: ER Chapter 6: 1 through 5, 8
Oct 6 7. Exchange rates and prices

Oct 8 Reading: ER Chapter 6: pp. 148-157 (6th Edition: pp. 149-158)

Supplemental Readings

Questions: ER Chapter 6: Questions 4, 5, 6

Problems: ER Chapter 6: Problem 6, 7, 9
Oct 13 8. Forecasting Exchange Rates

Readings: ER Chapter 6: pp. 157-164

Questions: ER Chapter 6: 3, 7, 8, 10, 11
Part IV: Derivative Markets

Oct 15 9. Futures Markets



Readings: ER, Chapter 7: pp. 172-179 (6th Edition: pp. 173-180)

Questions: ER Chapter 7: 1, 2, 3, 4

Problems: ER Chapter 7: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Oct 20 Test 2: Topics 4, 5, 6, 7


Oct 22 10. Options Markets

Oct 27 Readings: ER Chapter 7: pp. 180-186 (6th Edition: pp. 181-190)



Questions: ER Chapter 7: 5, 6, 7

Problems: ER Chapter 7: 8, 9, 10
Oct 29 11. Swap Markets

Nov 3 Readings: ER Chapter 14



Questions: ER Chapter 14: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Problems: ER Chapter 14: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Supplemental problems


Part V: Foreign Exchange Exposure and the Firm

Nov 5 12. The Firm



Readings: ER Chapter 16

Questions: ER Chapter 16: 1 through 16
Nov 10 Test 3: Topics 8, 9, 10
13. Economic Exposure

Nov 12 Readings: ER Chapter 8, pp. 198-199 (6th Edition: pp. 198-199)

Supplemental Reading

Nov 17 ER Chapter 9, pp. 227-229; 233-244 (6th Edition: pp. 225-226; 230-241)



Questions: ER Chapter 9: 1 through 11
Nov 19 14. Transaction Exposure:

Nov 24 Readings: ER Chapter 8



Questions: ER Chapter 8: 1 through 10

Problems: ER Chapter 8: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Nov 26 Thanksgiving
Dec 1 15. Operating Strategies

Dec 3 Readings: Same as Topic 14



Questions: Same as Topic 14

Problems: Same as Topic 14
Final exam: Tuesday, December 16, 2:00pm-5:00pm. (Topics 10 through 15)

Appendix B: Evaluations
The evaluation consists class participation, three tests given in class and a limited-comprehensive final.
Class Performance:

Purpose: Each class will have from 5 to 15 questions directed at random to individual students. These questions encourage discussion and evaluate knowledge and proficiency.

Value: 5% of course grade. Each class will have from 5 to 15 questions directed at random to individual students. Students present and giving good answers will receive a grade of 2. Students present but not giving a good answer will receive a grade of 1. Absent students will receive a grade of 0.
Tests:

Purpose: These tests focus on selected major areas of international finance. The tests allow both me and you to evaluate your progress in the course. This on-going feedback is crucial for your success in the course. Each part of the course builds on what has gone before. For example, if you do poorly in the first, test, you probably will not have the foundation to do well on the second test.

Value: The tests comprise 100% of the course grade. The points for each test are: Test 1 (in-class) 20%; Test 2 (in-class) 25%; Test 3 (in-class) 15%; Test 4 (during final exam period) 35%.

Test format

The tests will consist of matching, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short answer and quantitative problems.


Procedures:

The material to be covered and the nature of the questions will also be announced in advance. The final test will be given during the final exam period as scheduled by The University: Final exam: December 13, 9am-12noon.

A formula sheet for the course is on our Blackboard site. In addition to the formula sheet, time value tables and scratch paper will be provided with your test. You need only bring a writing instruments and a hand calculator.

Grading:

For each test, I will indicate a tentative letter grade for your test score. However, the final letter grade will be based on a relative frequency distribution (percentile ranking) of the total points accumulated over the entire summer. This approach implies that your final grade will be determined by the relative performance of the entire class. That is, there is no predetermined standard as to what constitutes an A, A-, B+, B, etc. You should therefore be careful about the cutoffs during the semester—you are not locked into a letter grade and if you are, for example, skirting the low-end of the B cutoff on the in-class tests you could easily slide into a course grade of C.

Grades for each test will be posted on our class BlackBoard site.
Test reviews:

The tests will not be returned. After each test I will announce times and places where you may go to review your individual test. If you cannot make these review sessions please let me know and I’ll set up a review session at a mutually convenient time. However, do contact me during the review period. After that period has passed the tests will no longer be available for review except by prior arrangement made during the review period.

Students who disagree with the grade assigned may, after the special review sessions, request a regrade of the examination. This request must be in writing, giving the question in contention and the reason why the student feels that the answer given is correct.
Test Policies

Students missing a test without my prior permission will receive the lowest grade awarded to students taking that quiz or test. Students missing a test with my permission will have the points for the missed test added to their final test. In addition, I reserve the right to give a final that differs from that given to the students who are taking the regular final.

Requests for excuse from a test must be made in writing (email is OK) and, except for extreme emergencies, prior to the test.

It is not necessary to purchase a special financial calculator for this course; however, calculators used in this course should have exponent, root and IRR functions.

No communications devices may be used during the test.

I will give notice when the time for a test has expired. I will give two minutes for students to complete their work and turn in their test. Students who do not turn in their test by the time I have indicated will have 5 points deducted from their test grade.



Appendix C: Supporting materials
Skills developed: The course is organized into 15 Topics. Each topic is divided into learning objectives, which provide the structure of the course. They are the basis for class discussion, assignments and tests.
The Class Lectures and Discussions. Each Topic is supported by class notes, which are outlines of the class discussions. These notes are the foundation of the course. They help you connect the various issues discussed in class and also allow you to focus on the class discussions.

To access these documents go to our BB site, click on Course Documents and then Class Notes.

Class content may be modified as the semester unfolds, so these notes may change.
Text. The text is an excellent one, and provides a well-written, detailed support for your efforts. It covers the materials in more depth than we can cover in class and provides many definitions, descriptions and examples that provide a comprehensive treatment of each topic.
Solutions to End-of-Chapter Questions. The solutions to all assigned end-of-chapter concept questions and problems are provided to enable you to check your work. They are under Assignments, Solutions to Text Questions.
Supplemental Readings. These are readings from the business press that elaborate on points made in class. The readings are available in Assignments, Supplemental Readings. During the course of the semester I will distribute additional readings that support our class discussions. You should study these readings before the topic is covered in class.

Following the Pareto Principle, the readings are keyed as to their importance.

*: The article is very important and you should study it as you would the text

**: The article contains major points that you should understand.

***: The article contains useful information, but is not a formal part of the course assignment.

D: Course Policies and Procedures


Course Policies

The final test will be given during the final exam period and is scheduled for Friday, December 13, 9am-12noon. This is the date and time that will appear in the University Exam Schedule.

"Make-up or extra work" to improve your grade is not possible. Your final letter grade is determined solely by your scores on the quizzes, final, and my evaluation of your class participation. In addition, no special considerations concerning your general academic situation can be offered. The final grade in the course, once assigned, will not be changed except in the event of a recording error.

No cheating!

If you do not attend a class it is entirely your responsibility to determine what you have missed, including any administrative announcements I may have made.

I will answer questions concerning the tests only in class, to ensure that all students receive the same guidance.

Use of calculators in the course will be addressed in more detail in the lectures. However, from the outset, it should be emphasized that the calculator cannot replace an understanding of the problem solving process.
Special University Notices

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 512-471-6259, http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/.



Religious Holy Days

By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, you will be given an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.



Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty

The McCombs School of Business has no tolerance for acts of scholastic dishonesty. The responsibilities of both students and faculty with regard to scholastic dishonesty are described in detail in the BBA Program’s Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty at http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/BBA/Code-of-Ethics.aspx. By teaching this course, I have agreed to observe all faculty responsibilities described in that document. By enrolling in this class, you have agreed to observe all student responsibilities described in that document. If the application of the Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty to this class or its assignments is unclear in any way, it is your responsibility to ask me for clarification. Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since dishonesty harms the individual, all students, the integrity of the University, and the value of our academic brand, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. You should refer to the Student Judicial Services website at http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/ to access the official University policies and procedures on scholastic dishonesty as well as further elaboration on what constitutes scholastic dishonesty.



Campus Safety

Please note the following recommendations regarding emergency evacuation from the Office of Campus Safety and Security, 512-471-5767, http://www.utexas.edu/safety:



  • Occupants of buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus are required to evacuate buildings when a fire alarm is activated. Alarm activation or announcement requires exiting and assembling outside.

  • Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of each classroom and building you may occupy. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when entering the building.

  • Students requiring assistance in evacuation should inform the instructor in writing during the first week of class.

  • In the event of an evacuation, follow the instruction of faculty or class instructors.

  • Do not re-enter a building unless given instructions by the following: Austin Fire Department, The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, or Fire Prevention Services office.

  • Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL): 512-232-5050

  • Further information regarding emergency evacuation routes and emergency procedures can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/emergency.



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