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Finance Stream

Learning Outcomes and Skills

  • Inter-relate different types of financial statements
  • Analyze financial statements for operational and strategic purposes
  • Knowledge of financial structures and capital budgeting
  • How to measure risk in financial markets
  • Critically read financial news and extract vital information about companies, markets and economies
  • Preparedness for jobs in business corporations, banks, equity analysis, fixed income analysis

The course descriptions of each elective are given below.

Financial Statement Analysis

Instructor: Girish VS, Managing Editor BFSI Vision & Editor SCM Pro, Executive Director, ISCM 

Careers in finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and also public administration require proficiency with financial statements. This course will teach students:

  • How to construct and inter-relate the three main financial statements of a firm: the profit & loss statement, the balance sheet, and the cashflow statement
  • How to analyze a firm’s investment and operating activities via a reading of its financial statements
  • The economics of value creation
  • Current issues in financial reporting (viz. the cases of Enron and Satyam, off-balance sheet items, fraud, forensic accounting, bankruptcy detection)
Corporate Finance

Instructor: Padmini Sundaram, Director, Dr. Padmini Associates

In order to appreciate the importance of the financing function in a corporation, an in-depth knowledge of capital (or financial) structure is essential. In this course, students will learn:

  • How different types of firms formulate their financial goals and objectives
  • How to link a firm’s financing decision to its investment decision
  • Why the capital structure decision is important (theories such as Modigliani-Miller and CAPM)
  • Why a firm’s dividend policy is important
Risk in Equity & Fixed Income Markets

Instructor: Arnav Sheth, Associate Professor of Finance, Graduate Business, Saint Mary’s College of California and Program Director, MS in Financial Analysis and Investment Management (MS-FAIM) Program, Saint Mary’s College of California

Finance professionals need to have a solid understanding of how to assess risk in equity and fixed income markets. In this course, students will learn:

  • How equity and bond markets are organized and how they function
  • The concept of Beta which captures the impact of correlation on portfolio risk
  • What equity indices are and how to construct a simple index
  • How to measure portfolio performance using metrics such as Jensen’s alpha
  • What the term structure of interest rates is and why volatility matters
  • How rating agencies work and what credit spreads are
Workshops/Econ Labs

The Workshops/Econ Labs in this stream will cover topics such as programming in R and Hadoop, two computing languages that are very commonly used in data analytics jobs.

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