Plan for tomorrow’s Finance 4335 class meeting

My plan for tomorrow’s Finance 4335 Midterm Exam #1 review session is to engage in Q&A pertaining not only to course content but also to exam-related protocols which I expect students to follow. Regarding course content, I plan to 1) review what we have covered in Finance 4335 to date (based on my teaching note entitled “Finance 4335 Midterm 1 Synopsis”), 2) work solutions for Problem Set 4, and 3) work solutions for the Spring 2020 Finance 4335 Midterm 1 exam.

As you consider these various documents (along with all other documents which are distributed from the course website), let me remind you that anything other than your personal use of these documents is in violation of Section III.C.16 of Baylor’s Honor Code Policy and Procedures and therefore, expressly forbidden. Hypothetical examples of honor code violations include sharing such documents with others who are not currently enrolled in Finance 4335, uploading such documents to so-called course-sharing websites (e.g., Quizlet, CourseHero, etc.), and using course-related documents from any source other than the course website. If you have questions about this policy, I suggest that you reference the Finance 4335 Honor Code, and please discuss questions or concerns you may have with me.

Preparing for the first midterm in Finance 4335: Review Session (9/24) and Exam (9/29)

On September 24 and September 29, we’ll focus our attention on the first midterm exam in Finance 4335. Class on Thursday, September 24 will be devoted to a review session for the exam, and the exam will be administered during class on Tuesday, September 29.

Even though I list it as “optional” reading, I highly recommend that y’all read my teaching note due on 9/24 entitled “Finance 4335 course synopsis for Midterm Exam 1”. In order to properly prepare for the first midterm exam in Finance 4335, I also recommend reviewing the various class problems along with problem sets 2 – 4, and midterm 1 from Spring 2020; solutions for class problems and problem sets in FIN 4335 are available at After class tomorrow, I will post the solutions for problem set 4 and for midterm 1 from Spring 2020 so that everyone will the opportunity to check their work on these assignments.

Accessing zoom recordings

Student Question: What is the password to access the zoom recordings?

Dr. Garven Answer: Go to Zoom\Cloud Recordings on Canvas. Then click on the recording that you wish to watch. When you do this, Zoom automatically sends the recording password to your “clipboard” (computer memory), and when you are presented with a screen asking for a password, simply place the cursor in the password field and apply your “paste” command, and you’re in!

Tuesdays with Lloyd’s of London

I highly recommend the upcoming 9-part webinar series entitled “Tuesdays with Lloyd’s”, scheduled for 10-11 CT on September 22, September 29, October 6, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, December 1, and December 8, 2020. The topics to be covered include:

  1. September 22 2020 – Insuring the world’s COVID-19 recovery and resilience
  2. September 29 2020 – Innovating at Lloyd’s: meeting the challenge of complex threats to intangible assets
  3. October 6 2020 – Evolving risks: leveraging data, technology, and capital in the delivery of asset and brand protection
  4. October 20 2020 – US Property Market: observations from London on Lloyd’s largest class of business in the US
  5. October 27 2020 – US Casualty Market: the search for answers and opportunities in an ever-changing landscape
  6. November 3 2020 – US Directors and Officers Market: exploring the latest developments and market dynamics
  7. November 10 2020 – Sharing Economy: how Lloyd’s is using new data sources to underwrite new risks
  8. December 1 2020 – US Errors and Omissions Market: exploring the latest developments and market dynamics
  9. December 8 2020 – US Construction Market: observations on a year like no other as all eyes look to rebound in 2021 and beyond

In order to register for any (or all) of these 1 hour webinars, go (as I have) to

Lloyd’s of London, generally known simply as Lloyd’s, is an insurance and reinsurance market located in London, United Kingdom. The Lloyd’s market has its roots in marine insurance and was founded by Edward Lloyd at his coffee house on Tower Street in London in 1686.

Amegy Bank Info Session

Amegy Bank will hold a virtual information session tonight from 5 to 6 pm. They will discuss what commercial banking involves and internship/career opportunities with Amegy. Here is a link to the info session:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 469-200-0873 United States, Dallas (Toll)

Conference ID: 114 631 482#

Also, linked below is a document shared by my colleague Ernest Fletcher, who teaches a commercial banking course at Baylor. It outlines several opportunities in the banking area that Baylor students often apply for.

9.16.20 Commercial and Corporate Bank Summer Internships (002).docx

Baylor University’s Virtual Career Day – Fall 2020 (September 23, 2020, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

How to Prepare

What can you do to prepare for career success right now? Get ready for our upcoming Virtual Career Day – Fall 2020! Whether you are looking for an internship or a full-time position, make sure to follow our list of steps below to stand out and have a successful career fair experience.

  1. Update your Handshake profile and make sure that it is complete. Upload your résumé and make it public.
  2. REGISTER for Career Day in Handshake. It will move you to our platform, CareerEco. You must set up a profile in CareerEco BEFORE Career Day.
  3. Find out which employers are attending and make a list of those you want to meet.
  4. Research the employers on your list and the internship and job opportunities they have open.
  5. FIT your résumé to the jobs you’re interested in.
  6. Prepare an elevator pitch (talking points that an employer needs to know about YOU).
  7. Dress professionally – this will make a great first impression with recruiters!
  8. Join the virtual career fair from a quiet spot with a neutral background. Limit the distractions around you.
  9. Be prepared with great questions for the employers.
  10. If you’re asked to participate in a video chat, be sure to maintain eye contact and practice active listening.

Click Here to Register for Career Day

You are about to see a LOT of images, information, and emails about Career Day! Why do we promote this event so heavily? Because, this is the best opportunity for you to meet numerous employers, check out an array of positions, and research companies all in one place. These companies are attending the fair to hire Baylor students for internship and full-time jobs. There are numerous benefits to the event being virtual this year:

  • It will be easier than ever to talk to recruiters.
  • You can log-in from anywhere.
  • There will not be any crowds or loud noise to try to talk over.
  • You can talk to more employers in less amount of time.
  • You can schedule a virtual career coaching appointment to help you prepare to shine.

We stand by our mission to ensure each student has the opportunity and support to achieve their career potential – and one of the BEST ways to do that, is by encouraging you to attend Career Day.


Virtual Career Events

Check out our upcoming virtual events on Handshake. You can find details and register through Handshake as well. We are adding new events weekly. Talk with your CSP if you want more information on how an event might be able to help you with your career goals.

Webcams and Finance 4335 attendance and exam policies

In order to receive attendance credit and exam credit in Finance 4335, I require that webcams be turned on at all times. Students who have webcams on are more likely to be engaged and actively participate, which in turn improves the quality of the learning experience for everyone. For exams, this enables me to credibly proctor students during exams (as well as respond on a timely basis to any questions students may have).

Virtually all smartphones, tablets, and laptops sold over the last 10+ years have mic and webcam features built-in. If you ever encounter any problems with these features on your device, simply rebooting your device fixes the problem in the vast majority of cases.

If you have any questions or concerns about attendance policy, exam policy, or any other aspect of Finance 4335, let me know right away. I am looking forward to “seeing” everyone in class!

A no-cost opportunity to subscribe to Barron’s

ICYMI: Barron’s digital site-wide license for Baylor University Hankamer School of Business; register for a free subscription to Barron’s here; more information about this program is provided below:

Barron’s digital site-wide license for Baylor University Hankamer School of Business

We are excited to continue our partnership with the Barron’s in Education program from Dow Jones. We have 24/7 access to Barron’s, a leading financial portal and magazine gifted by Tommy McBride & Associates at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. The goal is to spur financial education, learn from investing’s best minds, and foster professional growth. As a Baylor University Hankamer School of Business faculty member, you have access to the same real-time content and magazine that provides perspective, insights, and analysis utilized by the most successful business professionals.

We encourage you to take advantage of our strategic relationship & register for Barron’s here so you are familiar with their award-winning content and columns such as: Up & Down Wall Street, Streetwise, Review & Preview, Follow-up, The Economy, Tech Trader, Funds & Income Investing. Access to Barron’s digital content is available as soon as you register. You can also download the Barron’s app for your cell phone and other devices. This program is not just access to – it includes experiential learning opportunities, including webinars, networking, a chance to be a Student Ambassador, and more. When you register, you will also gain access to Barron’s webinars, which feature current topics and access to Q&A sessions with Barron’s editors and top market professionals.

As a faculty member, you have access to the Barron’s Weekly Review. The Weekly Review is a resource for faculty to use in the classroom at your discretion and helps connect real-world business coverage with student learning. This resource is emailed to all participating faculty members each Wednesday and is curated with specific topics, summaries, classroom applications, and prepared questions.

Barron’s and Academia:

We should all feel proud we are in an elite group of schools to offer this to students and faculty at Baylor University. Baylor University Hankamer School of Business is one of 85 schools to have this unique access, so please make sure you register ASAP to take advantage of this tremendous program. To learn more about Barron’s and the value it can provide, click here.

Gamma Iota Sigma’s 49th Annual International Conference

Students of FIN 4335,

My name is Charles Hooker and I am President of the Alpha Pi chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma at Baylor. Gamma Iota Sigma is a risk management and insurance organization focused on “shaping the industry’s future through talent.” As a club, we host speakers in the insurance industry, network with professionals, host workshops, and attend national conferences and career fairs. Many of our junior and senior members in recent years have received internships and full-time job offers from insurance companies at these career fairs. While most of our members are RMI majors, we have other members who are majoring in a wide range of fields, from Psychology to Supply Chain Management. Even if you are not an RMI major, feel free to reach out to me ( if you are interested in joining.

This year, due to COVID-19, the 49th Annual International Conference will be held online from Thursday, September 24th to Friday, September 25th. The agenda consists of career fairs on both Thursday and Friday as well as educational sessions on Friday afternoon. The topics of these educational sessions include “Resilience: Insurance Industry Response to COVID-19” and “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Promoting Ethics and Fighting Bias in Data,” as well as two others. If you are interested in either of these topics or insurance in general and would like to attend the conference, email me as soon as possible as registration ends Friday, September 11th at 11am CST.

Hope to see you there!