­­FIN301 Class Web Page, Spring ' 20

Instructor: Maggie Foley

Jacksonville University


The Syllabus    

Business Finance Online, an interactive learning tool for the Corporate Finance Student http://www.zenwealth.com/BusinessFinanceOnline/index.htm


Weekly SCHEDULE, LINKS, FILES and Questions


Coverage, HW, Supplements

-        Required



Chapter 1, 2

Marketwatch Stock Trading Game (Pass code: havefun)

Use the information and directions below to join the game.

1.     URL for your game: 

2.     Password for this private game: havefun.

3.     Click on the 'Join Now' button to get started.

4.     If you are an existing MarketWatch member, login. If you are a new user, follow the link for a Free account - it's easy!

5.     Follow the instructions and start trading!

Discussion:  How to pick stocks (finviz.com)

Daily earning announcement: http://www.zacks.com/earnings/earnings-calendar

IPO schedule:  http://www.marketwatch.com/tools/ipo-calendar


FYI:  MarketWatch Stock Game written by Maelyn O’Connor (Thanks, Maelyn)



Chapter  1: Introduction






Flow of funds describes the financial assets flowing from various sectors through financial intermediaries for the purpose of buying physical or financial assets.

*** Household, non-financial business, and our government


Financial institutions facilitate exchanges of funds and financial products.

*** Building blocks of a financial system. Passing and transforming funds and risks during transactions.

*** Buy and sell, receive and deliver, and create and underwrite financial products.

*** The transferring of funds and risk is thus created. Capital utilization for individual and for the whole economy is thus enhanced.


Chapter 2 Introduction of Financial Market




1.     What are the six parts of the financial markets


·         To pay for purchases and store wealth (fiat money, fiat currency)

Financial Instruments:

·         To transfer resources from savers to investors and to transfer risk to those best equipped to bear it.  

Financial Markets:

·         Buy and sell financial instruments

·         Channel funds from savers to investors, thereby promoting economic efficiency

·         Affect personal wealth and behavior of business firms. Example?

Financial Institutions.

·         Provide access to financial markets, collect information & provide services

·         Financial Intermediary: Helps get funds from savers to investors

Central Banks

·         Monitor financial Institutions and stabilize the economy

Regulatory Agencies

·         To provide oversight for financial system.


2.      What are the five core principals of finance

  • Time has value
  • Risk requires compensation
  • Information is the basis for decisions
  • Markets determine prices  and allocation resources
  • Stability improves welfare


Introduction to Capital Markets - ION Open Courseware (Video)

How the stock market works (video)


No homework for chapter 2



Chapter 5 Time value of Money


Time value of money (Video)

The time value of money - German Nande (video)


Tutoring of Time Value of Money calculation in Excel video



Chapter 5 in class exercise



Chapter 5 Homework (due on first mid term)  


1.        You deposit $5,000 in a saving account at 10% compounded annually. How much is your first year interest? How much is your second year interest? (500, 550)


2.        What is the future value of $5,000 invested for 3 years at 10% compounded annually? ( 6,655)


3.        You just bought a TV for $518.4 on credit card. You plan to pay back of $50 a month for this credit card debt. The credit card charges you 12% of interest rate on the monthly basis. So how long does it take to pay back your credit card debt? (11 months)


4.        You are going to deposit certain amount in the next four years. Your saving account offers 5% of annual interest rate.

First year:                $800

Second year:            $900

Third year:               $1000

Fourth year:             $1200.

How much you can withdraw four years later? (4168.35)


5.        You are going to deposit certain amount in the next four years. Your saving account offers 5% of annual interest rate.

First year:                $800

Second year:            $900

Third year:               $1000

Fourth year:             $1200.

How much is the lump sum value as of today (NPV)? (3429.31)


6.        Ten years ago, you invested $1,000. Today it is worth $2,000. What rate of interest did you earn? (7.18%)


7.        At 5 percent interest, how long would it take to triple your money? (22.52)


8.        What is the effective annual rate if a bank charges you 12 percent compounded monthly? (12.68%)


9.        Your father invested a lump sum 16 years ago at 8% interest for your education. Today, that account worth $50,000.00. How much did your father deposit 16 years ago? ($14594.50)


10.     You are borrowing $300,000 to buy a house. The terms of the mortgage call for monthly payments for 30 years at 3% interest. What is the amount of each payment?  ($1264.81)


11.     You deposit $200 at the beginning of each month into your saving account every month. After two years (24 deposits total), your account value is $6,000. Assuming monthly compounding, what is your monthly rate that the bank provides?  (1.74%)


12.      You want to buy a fancy car. For this goal, you plan to save $5,500 per year, beginning immediately.  You will make 4 deposits in an account that pays 8% interest.  Under these assumptions, how much will you have 4 years from today? ($26,766)


13.     Citi card is giving you a good deal. You can transfer your balance from your current credit card to Citi new card with $50 balance transfer fee. The new card charges at 5% a year. But your old card charges at 12% a year. Your balance in your old card is $5,000. If you can afford to pay back to the credit card of $250 a month. How much quicker does it take you to pay back your debt with the new card? (Hint: for the new card, your debt = 5000+50=5050; Assume monthly compounding by credit card companies). (1.28 months)

14.     Your girlfriend just won the Florida lottery.  She has the choice of $40,000,000 today or a 20-year annuity of $2,850,000, with the first payment coming one year from today. If the mutual fund of hers provides 4% of return each year for the next 20 years, which payment option is more attractive to her? ($40million)

15.     The Thailand Co. is considering the purchase of some new equipment. The quote consists of a quarterly payment of $4,740 for 10 years at 6.5 percent interest. What is the purchase price of the equipment? ($138,617.88)

16.     The condominium at the beach that you want to buy costs $249,500. You plan to make a cash down payment of 20 percent and finance the balance over 10 years at 6.75 percent. What will be the amount of your monthly mortgage payment? ($2,291.89)

17.     Today, you are purchasing a 15-year, 8 percent annuity at a cost of $70,000. The annuity will pay annual payments. What is the amount of each payment? ($8,178.07)

18.     Shannon wants to have $10,000 in an investment account three years from now. The account will pay 0.4 percent interest per month. If Shannon saves money every month, starting one month from now, how much will she have to save each month? ($258.81)

19.     Trevor's Tires is offering a set of 4 premium tires on sale for $450. The credit terms are 24 months at $20 per month. What is the interest rate on this offer? (6.27 percent)

20.     Top Quality Investments will pay you $2,000 a year for 25 years in exchange for $19,000 today. What interest rate are you earning on this annuity? (9.42 percent)

21.     You have just won the lottery! You can receive $10,000 a year for 8 years or $57,000 as a lump sum payment today. What is the interest rate on the annuity? (8.22 percent)

22.     Around Town Movers recently purchased a new truck costing $97,000. The firm financed this purchase at 8.25 percent interest with monthly payments of $2,379.45. How many years will it take the firm to pay off this debt? (4.0 years)

23.     Expansion, Inc. acquired an additional business unit for $310,000. The seller agreed to accept annual payments of $67,000 at an interest rate of 6.5 percent. How many years will it take Expansion, Inc. to pay for this purchase? (5.68 years)

24.     You want to retire early so you know you must start saving money. Thus, you have decided to save $4,500 a year, starting at age 25. You plan to retire as soon as you can accumulate $500,000. If you can earn an average of 11 percent on your savings, how old will you be when you retire? (49.74 years)

25.     You just received a credit offer in an email. The company is offering you $6,000 at 12.8 percent interest. The monthly payment is only $110. If you accept this offer, how long will it take you to pay off the loan? (82.17 months)

26.     Fred was persuaded to open a credit card account and now owes $5,150 on this card. Fred is not charging any additional purchases because he wants to get this debt paid in full. The card has an APR of 15.1 percent. How much longer will it take Fred to pay off this balance if he makes monthly payments of $70 rather than $85? (93.04 months)

27.     Bridget plans to save $150 a month, starting today, for ten years. Jordan plans to save $175 a month for ten years, starting one month from today. Both Bridget and Jordan expect to earn an average return of 8 percent on their savings. At the end of the ten years, Jordan will have approximately _____ more than Bridget. ($4,391)

28.     What is the future value of weekly payments of $25 for six years at 10 percent? ($10,673.90)

29.   At the end of this month, Bryan will start saving $80 a month for retirement through his company's retirement plan. His employer will contribute an additional $.25 for every $1.00 that Bryan saves. If he is employed by this firm for 25 more years and earns an average of 11 percent on his retirement savings, how much will Bryan have in his retirement account 25 years from now? ($157,613.33)

30.    Sky Investments offers an annuity due with semi-annual payments for 10 years at 7 percent interest. The annuity costs $90,000 today. What is the amount of each annuity payment? ($6,118.35)


31.     Mr. Jones just won a lottery prize that will pay him $5,000 a year for thirty years. He will receive the first payment today. If Mr. Jones can earn 5.5 percent on his money, what are his winnings worth to him today? ($76,665.51)

Summary of math and excel equations


Math Equations 

FV = PV *(1+r)^n

PV = FV / ((1+r)^n)

N = ln(FV/PV) / ln(1+r)

Rate = (FV/PV)1/n -1

Annuity: N = ln(FV/C*r+1)/(ln(1+r))

Or N = ln(1/(1-(PV/C)*r)))/ (ln(1+r))


EAR = (1+APR/m)^m-1

APR = (1+EAR)^(1/m)*m




Excel Formulas 

To get FV, use FV function.   

      =abs(fv(rate, nper, pmt, pv))


To get PV, use PV function                           

     = abs(pv(rate, nper, pmt, fv))


To get r, use rate function                          

     = rate(nper,  pmt, pv, -fv)


To get number of years, use nper function       

     = nper(rate,  pmt, pv, -fv)


To get annuity payment, use PMT function

     = pmt(rate, nper, pv, -fv)


To get Effective rate (EAR), use Effect function

 = effect(nominal_rate, npery)


To get annual percentage rate (APR), use nominal function

 = nominal(effective rate,  npery)



NPV NFV calculator(FYI, might be helpful)





Time Value of Money Calculator