Coming Spring 2018

The pressures of technological change and the need to optimize its use in business can save time AND money. That’s why the CPD has created an BIZTech Series so that busy professionals, like you, can quickly incorporate technology into your business.  More best practices means more time to do the things that drive revenue and performance.

Join Dr. Ron Kotlik (and CPD Tech Consultant) in all, one or a combination of any of our online, self-paced modules. 

BizTech Offerings

Financial Mathematics Made Easy

Coming Spring 2018

This online, self-paced series is for busy professionals or individual investors who rely upon financial mathematics in their work or for managing their personal finances.

Led by Dr. Jonathan Lopez, this series is suitable for:

  • banking;
  • real estate;
  • investment;
  • finance; and,
  • departments responsible for accounting, finance and loan administration.

Course Duration

Learners will have online access to each module for 90 days.  Individual modules are priced at $90 each.  If you would like to purchase ten or more modules, please contact the CPD at 716-888-8490 for special pricing.

Recommended Pre-Requisites

Pre-requisites are recommended for some, but not all, modules.  Refunds will not be issued if a learner determines that they do not need a particular pre-requisite.  If an individual is uncertain if they have the requisite knowledge to forego a pre-requisite, they are encouraged to contact Dr. Lopez at 716-888-2845.  Canisius College will not be responsible for learner selection.

Ancillary Materials

Dr. Lopez references some questions and solutions, the materials of which are available through the following links:

Materials Needed

Learners taking any one of the CPD’s online test preparation modules will require a computer on which to watch the online course and a financial calculator (ideally BA II Plus) which Dr. Lopez will reference when calculating specific solutions.

Learners can take one, several or all of the 15 modules that are available in this series:

Module 1: Time Value of Money

  • Pre-Requisites: None
  • Interest rates, discount rates, present value, future value, nominal rates, effective rates, real rates

Module 2: Annuities I

  • Pre-Requisites: Module 1
  • Level annuity immediate, annuity due, perpetuity

Module 3: Annuities II

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 2
  • Non-level annuity immediate, annuity due, perpetuity

Module 4: Loans I

  • Pre-Requisites:  Modules 1, 2
  • Amortization method

Module 5: Loans II

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 2, 4
  • Outstanding loan balance, principal/interest breakdown, sinking funds

Module 6: Bonds I

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 2
  • Price, redemption value, par value, yield rate, coupon rate, term

Module 7: Bonds II

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 2, 6
  • Book value, amortization of premium, callable bonds

Module 8: Yield Rates

  • Pre-Requisites: Module 1
  • Dollar-weighted and time-weighted rates of return, spot rates, forward rates

 Module 9: Duration and Convexity

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 2, 3
  • Duration and convexity for a set of cash flows (both Macaulay and modified), first order approximations based on duration

Module 10: Asset Matching

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 6
  • Exact asset matching with liability cash flows, duration matching

Module 11: Immunization

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 9
  • Partial and full immunization

Module 12: Interest Rate Swaps I

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 8
  • Introduction to swap rates and market value of a swap, swap net payments

Module 13: Interest Rate Swaps II

  • Pre-Requisites: Modules 1, 8, 12
  • Deferred swaps, amortizing swaps, accreting swaps

Module 14: Components of Interest Rates

  • Pre-Requisites: Module 1
  • Real risk-free rate, inflation rate, default rate; real versus nominal interest rates; inflation protection

Module 15: Factors Affecting Interest Rates

  • Pre-Requisite: Module 1
  • Federal Reserve, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), Federal Funds rate, term structure of interest rates (liquidity, preferred habitat, market segmentation), foreign interest rates

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