Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of Finance 4366!

Happy new year! My name is Dr. James R. Garven, and I am your professor for the Spring 2021 edition of the Finance 4366 (Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives) course. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we head into the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester:

1. Finance 4366 will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. via Zoom (beginning on January 19).

2. The home page for the Finance 4366 course website is at http://fin4366.garven.com, and the course syllabus is available at http://fin4366.garven.com/syllabus.pdf. Course-related documents (e.g., assigned readings, problem sets, sample exams, lecture notes, etc.) are distributed from the course website.  (Important Note: the password for gaining access to password-protected page links is listed in item 3 on the Spring 2021 Finance 4366 Canvas home page).

3. The course blog is at http://derivatives.garven.com and linked from the “Course Blog” button on the home page of the course website. I use the course blog to post important announcements and provide insights linking course topics with the “real” world. I require that all students enrolled in Finance 4366 subscribe to the course blog via email; instructions for doing so are provided here. Students may also follow the course blog on Facebook or Twitter but are not required to do so.

4. I use Canvas for scheduling class meetings, administering quizzes and exams, collecting problem sets, and posting grades.

5. Be sure to read “Required Text Materials in Finance 4366” at https://wp.me/paORhh-2c4 prior to making a textbook purchase, as the information provided there may save you some money!

6. Please complete the Finance 4366 Student Information Survey (at https://bit.ly/FIN4366survey) prior to the first day of class on January 19 so I can read up on all of your names, academic backgrounds, interests, and aspirations (similar information about me is available at http://garven.com). I count the Finance 4335 Student Information Survey as a problem set which receives a grade of 100 (if successfully completed any time between now and the second day of class on January 21), and 0 otherwise

In closing, I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break and that you are looking forward to a happy and productive Spring 2021 semester at Baylor University (particularly in Finance 4366)!


Dr. Garven

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