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Finance

Specialization requirements

Year 3
COMM 370 Corporate Finance
COMM 371
Investment Theory
COMM 374
Applied Financial Markets
Year 4
Two of:
COMM 377
COMM 386G
COMM 471
COMM 472
COMM 474
COMM 475
COMM 477
COMM 478
COMM 486H
COMM 486Q

International Financial Markets and Institutions
Venture Capital and Angel Financing
Financial Management
Quantitative Analysis of Financial Decisions
Fixed Income Markets & Management
Investment Policy
Risk Management & Financial Engineering
International Financial Management
Advanced Topics in Investment Management
Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance

Employment outlook and opportunities

The finance industry encompasses a broad range of organizations that deal with the management of money. There are many career paths within the finance sector. On one hand, there is a function called finance that is common to all business enterprises. On the other hand, there is the financial services industry.

The financial services industry includes firms that are engaged in activities such as investing, lending, insurance, securities trading and securities issuance. This is not an exhaustive list, but these companies can be characterized as being in one or more of the following lines of business: banking, insurance, securities brokerage, investment banking, securities trading, investment management and securities analysis.

Securing a job in the finance industry is very competitive; every year hundreds of business students vie for a limited number of summer internships in the capital markets and banking sectors. The majority of Canadian opportunities are in Calgary and Toronto.

Skill set required to be successful in Finance

  • Quantitative and analytical skills
  • Managerial and organizational skills
  • Technology/information systems skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to think critically about numbers
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to evaluate business scenarios and recommend a course of action based on quantitative research