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Prerequisites

  • Probability and Statistics (undergraduate)
  • Calculus (undergraduate)
  • Linear algebra (undergraduate)

About this course

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Many of the most important financial decisions in business are done under uncertainty. This is the second course in the Foundations of Modern Finance series of courses, as part of the MicroMasters® Program in Finance. It provides you with the science behind making financial decisions under uncertainty.

We build on the core set of basic principles taught in the first part, and continue to develop a powerful and general framework for making financial decisions in business and in personal financial planning. We introduce financial derivative securities, and their valuation models, discuss the capital structure decision of firms, and explore the interaction between investing and financing.

At the center of financial decision making is the valuation problem. How much value does a business investment create? What is a fair price to pay for a financial asset? We develop models and analytics for measuring risk and for valuing financial assets. We apply valuation models to financial securities, including stocks and bonds, and to project valuation and capital budgeting.

The course is excellent preparation for anyone planning to take the CFA exams.

What you'll learn

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  • Valuation of futures, forward, and options
  • Portfolio optimization and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM)
  • Capital structure decisions within the firm
  • The interaction between investing and financing

Introduction to Finance

  • Financial decisions of households and corporations
  • Approaches to valuing financial and real assets
  • The role and the overview of financial markets
  • Financial Frictions
  • Unifying principles of finance

Market Prices and Present Value

  • Historic returns on asset classes: return and risk
  • State-space model for time and risk
  • Security prices, state prices and arbitrage pricing
  • Present Value (PV) and future value
  • Discount rates, time value and risk premium
  • Compound interest
  • Annuity and perpetuity formulas

Fixed Income Securities

  • Fixed-income markets
  • Term structure of interest rates
  • Properties of bond prices and market conventions
  • Inflation and real rates

Common Stocks

  • Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model
  • Gordon model, multi-stage growth model
  • EPS, P/E, PVGO

Risk

  • Decision under uncertainty and expected utility theory
  • Risk aversion
  • Diversification and portfolio analytics
  • Systematic and idiosyncratic risks

Factor models and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT)

  • Factor models for risk
  • APT
  • Applications of APT

Market Efficiency

  • Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH)
  • Implications of EMH
  • Empirical evidence on EMH

Introduction to Corporate Finance

  • Corporate financial decisions
  • Opportunity cost of capital and NPV
  • Financial objective of corporate managers

Capital Budgeting

  • NPV rules
  • Cash flow calculations
  • Alternatives to NPV
  • Project interactions
  • Capital budgeting and discount rates

Meet your instructors

Leonid Kogan
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Professor of Management and a Professor of Finance
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jiang Wang
Mizuho Financial Group Professor and a Professor of Finance, Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Egor Matveyev
Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Finance, Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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