This course is one of three modules that provides an introduction to the field of finance. The course examines the agents, instruments and institutions that make up the financial system of the modern economy, such as the financial intermediaries and markets, bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the role of governmental institutions in shaping monetary and financial policy. Along the way, standard concepts and tools of financial analysis are introduced: time value of money, bonds and equity valuation, CAPM and portfolio allocation, efficient market hypothesis and behavioral finance. This course will provide you with a basic understanding of financial markets and institutions, investment products and recent market developments. It will also cover the main areas of interest rates, monetary policy, stocks and bonds, valuation principles and investment strategy.
Module II Overview
In Module II we primarily focus on some of the primary tools and theories used in finance, such as the internal rate of return, the efficient market hypothesis, and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). We apply these topics to real-life situations through a case-study analysis, and we learn how businesses make decisions based on these and other metrics. We also look at the different agents and institutions that are responsible for maintaining the flow of the financial markets, such as the Federal Reserve and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Students will complete several online quizzes and also participate in an online discussion group.