This course examines the concepts that are most frequently encountered in the market for fixed income securities. Specifically, the course describes the most important fixed income securities and markets and develops tools for valuing these securities and managing their interest rate and credit risk. Historically, “fixed-income” refers to securities which promise fixed cash flows over their lives such as a fixed-rate coupon bond. Now, it is generally accepted that a fixed income instrument is one whose value is driven by the level of interest rates and/or the value of a related underlying asset. This classification would include floating rate bonds, callable bonds, bond futures, bond options, caps, floors and collars, interest rate swaps, credit derivatives and asset-backed securities. The importance of understanding fixed income securities has been highlighted by the credit crisis of 2007 and 2008. The losses have been attributed to a number of factors including errors in assigning credit ratings, valuation uncertainty, errors in valuation, complex security design and lack of transparency. The purpose of the course is to provide participant with the ability to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the impact of these factors on global markets.
Prerequisites: Financial Management module BFIN 2409 and BFIN 2410 Financial Management 1 & 2, respectively.