BUSI 408: Introduction to Corporate Finance - Course Evaluations: 4.9/5.0

This course provides a rigorous theoretical and practical introduction to corporate finance. We will discuss the investment environment faced by a senior financial officer, how to value investments accurately, choose the best funding mix for operations, manage risks and distribute profits to investors. The core of the course relies on the concepts of capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management. The ultimate goal is to understand how firms behave and make decision to maximize the value for their shareholders. Every effort will be made to relate the course material to current financial news and real-world data.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

BUSI 786A: Quantitative Methods in Finance (TA for Prof. Mike Aguilar)

The course begins with best practices for data acquisition, return computation and transformation (Simple vs Log Returns; Annualization; Inflation adjustments; etc..). We then learn how to empirically describe returns at both the asset and portfolio levels (PDF; CDF; Quantiles; Moments; Correlation; Common Distributions; etc..). The course then takes a prospective turn, investigating how to implement common forecasting models (Regression; Hypothesis Testing; Factor Models; etc..). These tools culminate with a portfolio optimization exercise, where students combine the theory learned in the Investments with the statistical tools learned in 786A (diversification; optimization; etc..).