Course Description

The UIndy Student Fund (USF) is a portfolio of financial assets managed by a group of students under the direction of a faculty advisor. The assets are invested under the policies contained in an Investment Policy Statement, which is reviewed annually and approved by the University board of trustees. The USF is designed to provide students with hands on experience in performing security analysis and portfolio management, while developing skills necessary to succeed as an investment professional.

During this course, students will be expected to participate in a series of activities designed to further their knowledge of security analysis and investment banking. The activities will include a review of market research, fundamental analysis of securities, research report creation, and end with a presentation / recommendation to an investment committee. Most work is self-directed and students are expected to allocate a significant amount of time outside class time for this course.

Required Textbooks & Materials

Essentials of Investments by Bodie, Kane and Marcus, 10th edition, McGraw Hill, 2017

The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing: Morningstar’s Guide to Building Wealth and Winning in the Market by Pat Dorsey, 1st Edition, Wiley (2014)

The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel, by Graham, B., & Zweig, J., Revised edition, New York: Collins Business Essentials. (2005). – ONLY RECOMMENDED

Investment News Sites


FIN 350

FIN 440 Syllabus

Syllabus – Content of web and material in class supplements syllabus

Weblink Assignments ( * requires UIndy intranet access)

Holdings as of 12/14/23 *

Holding Reports *

  1. Intelligent Investor review
  2. IPS Links – IPS overview  –  IPS: UIndy Student Fund * – IPS: UINDY *
  3. AI Links – Business PlanFinancial ReportsBard Report Writing 
  4. AI Engines – BardChatGPT 
  5. How to write research reports
  6. Industry Assignments – S&P Industry Sectors
  7. Industry Analysis
  8. Industry Thesis
  9. Industry Research
  10. BCF Report *
  11. Security selection
  12. Argo Company report sample *
  13. Company Thesis
  14. Company research
  15. Company analysis – Zacks
  16. Analyst call research
  17. CFA report template *
  18. Argo Presentation sample *
  19. M&A News
  20. M&A research
  21. IPO research
  22. Telecom SBA report *
  23. Company valuation Data
  24. Company valuation models – B
  25. Company valuation research – A
  26. Company valuation research – B
  27. Market-Risk-Premia Website
  28. NYU Expected Risk Premium Data
  29.  DCF Valuation Model *   and  Valuation Model *
  30. CAPM and Betas
  31. Unlevered beta calculations
  32. Keuric report *
  33. Walmart report *
  34. Walmart presentation *

Data Table Creation Video

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

You must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without giving an appropriate acknowledgement to the source. You must give due credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness wherever you:

  • Quote another person’s actual words, either oral or written;
  • Paraphrase another person’s words, either oral or written;
  • Use another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories; or
  • Cite facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.

All assignments must be your original work and not the work of other students. Neither group work nor the individual work of another student may be submitted by you. Submission of such work will be considered academic misconduct. Incidents of academic misconduct, dishonesty and/or plagiarism will be handled as per the Student Handbook.

The University of Indianapolis maintains a university license agreement for an online text matching service called Turnitin.  At my discretion, I will use this web-based plagiarism detection service and/or require students to submit work to this service to determine the originality of student papers.  A random 4-digit ID number will be assigned to each student prior to submission to this web-based plagiarism detection service.