Course examines issues in personal investment strategies. Read/discuss a number of books/articles. Topics include behavioral finance, mutual funds, data-mining, Islamic funds, junk bonds, inflation indexed bonds, life cycle investing, market timing, passive versus active investing, predicting performance, pumping performance, rebalancing, sector funds, stock market anomalies, survivorship bias, tax managed investing, time zone arbitrage, and Tobin's Q. Substantive research paper required as well as midterm and final exams. Graduate pairing for ECON272S; graduate students will receive additional writing assignments. One course / 3 units.