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MBA Corporate Finance
Instructor: Professor John R. Graham
This course examines important issues in corporate finance from the perspective of financial managers who are responsible for making significant investment and financing decisions. The concept of net present value, suitably adapted to account for taxes, uncertainty, and strategic concerns, is used to analyze how investment and financing decisions interact to affect the value of the firm. The course covers topics that are important to decision making in marketing, operations management, and corporate strategy. In the first half of the course, we study capital budgeting decisions in the absence of uncertainty. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between (corporate and personal) taxes and the cost of capital. The concept of "marginal investors" is introduced. The second half of the course examines capital budgeting with uncertainty. Various valuation models are applied to solve problems derived from real business settings.
MBA Global Asset Allocation and Stock Selection
Instructor: Campbell R. Harvey
This course delivers the theory and the quantitative tools that are necessary for global asset management. The focus of the course is on tactical rather than passive asset management. To this end, we develop the fundamental concepts of asset valuation in a world with time-varying risk and risk premiums. We also focus on the most recent advances quantitative forecasting methods. The course builds on three asset allocation concepts. We begin with the strategic asset allocation decision. This is a long-term posturing. Next we discuss tactical asset allocation. This is short term changes in investment weights that capture targets of opportunities (sometimes called market timing). Finally, we focus on the bottom up decision. One unique feature of the course is that students are shown how design portfolios of individual stocks (stock picking).
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