The emphasis of the course is upon the analysis of marketable securities. While fixed income and hybrid securities will be covered, primary interest is directed towards equity securities (common stocks). Topics to be covered include the mechanics of the secondary markets, the investment characteristics of the securities available in these markets, investment strategies to improve rates of return, and the techniques of traditional security analysis and valuation. All students considering a career in finance, and those interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for making informed personal investment decisions, are encouraged to enroll in this course. Students pursuing the CFA designation are strongly urged to take this course.