Explain the basic steps of designing a total rewards philosophy.

Interest rates are the “cost” of money charged to borrowers and we look at what factors make up an interest rate this week.


Nominal vs Real interest rates

Stated vs APR interest rates

Stated vs Coupon rates

Effect of compounding

Bonds, Bond Valuation, Bond ratings

Risk and return and risk & return trade off


1)      Module 2: Financial Securities  (Content>Course Resources>Financial Securities Module)

a)      Financial Risk and Return

b)      Valuation and Characteristics of Bonds


2)      Course Text : Boundless Finance Online Text

(A PDF of the Boundless course textbook may also be found in Leo under Content > Syllabus)

a)        Chapter 6:  Bond Valuation


3)      TeachMeFinance.com – read topics:

a)     Kinds of Interest,  http://www.teachmefinance.com/kindsofinterestrates.html

b)     Bond Valuation, http://www.teachmefinance.com/bondvaluation.html


Participate in the Weekly Discussion

Problem Set in ‘Homework’ #4 – My Tools/ Quizzes & Exams/ Finc 331 Homework Week 4

Check out Alaina Mackin’s file called  FINC 331 Week 4 Homework Hints.pptx

Begin Work on Group Paper


Do bonds have a place in your portfolio? Explain your logic. Some considerations to touch on: time horizon, risk tolerance, and return objective.

HRMN 395

Week 4: Designing and Implementing a Total Rewards Program


After completing this week, you should be able to:

1.  Explain the basic steps of designing a total rewards philosophy.

2.  Demonstrate why segmentation of the workforce is integral to the design of total rewards.

3.  Describe the implementation process of a total rewards approach to compensation management.

4.  List the levels, types, and components of communication to successfully market the total rewards philosophy.


Module 4 Designing and Implementing a Total Rewards Program (found below)

Designing and Managing Incentive Compensation Programs

How to Design an Employee Benefits Program


Go to the discussion questions and post initial answers and value added responses to classmates by Sunday 11:59 p.m.

Take the Self Assessment for module 4.

Reminder: The second assignment is due next week!

Discussion #1

After reviewing the reading material about the terms differentiation and segmentation, share an example in your own organization of how employees are differentiated or segmented.

In addition, share how your organization differentiates itself from its competitors (competitors for employees).

Use a minimum of one reference to support your discussion and interact with at least two classmates.

Discussion #2: Midterm Check

We are at the mid-point in our course!

Please provide feedback on how you are progressing toward the learning outcomes stated for the course. Share, in addition, a tip or recommendation you have for the rest of the class for staying focused, organized and successful for the rest of the course.

You don’t need to interact and you don’t need a reference.