This course is for anyone who is interested in how financial investments can affect their decisions, strategy, and ultimately their company’s business operations as well as their personal portfolio.
We will study and use risk-return models, such as the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), and multi-factor models to evaluate the performance of various securities and portfolios. Building upon this framework, learn about market efficiency and behavioral finance as common behavioral biases of investors are introduced. Also see their potential effects on wealth accumulation and asset prices. We will also analyze money-management strategies and performance by institutional investors, such as mutual funds and pension funds. Finally, connect investment finance with corporate finance by examining firm valuation techniques.
This course will be broken up into 4 weekly modules covering the following topics:
Week 1: Basics of Risk and Return; Introduction to Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
Week 2: CAPM; Multi-factor Models; Performance Evaluation
Week 3: Efficient Markets vs. Behavioral Finance; Behavioral Biases in Finance
Week 4: Introduction to Money Management by Institutions; Firm Valuation Techniques
You are strongly recommended to have knowledge of statistics (in particular, an understanding of correlations and linear regression analysis). An ability to use Excel (or another spreadsheet program) is also strongly recommended, as we will use Excel in the course to study and conduct regression analysis of data on stock returns.
The course will include readings from the freely available textbook: Ivo Welch, Corporate Finance: 3rd Edition, 2014.
Each week will include readings, video lectures, and quizzes.
How does this course fit into the Improving Business Finances and Operations Specialization?
This is the third course in the track.