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Finance Stream

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to inter-relate different types of financial statements
  • Ability to analyze financial statements for operational and strategic purposes
  • Knowledge of financial structure and capital budgeting
  • Knowledge of how equity and fixed-income markets work
  • Ability to measure risk in financial markets
  • Knowledge of the financial market eco-system and its regulation
  • Ability to critically read financial news and extract vital information about companies, markets and economies from such news
  • Preparedness for jobs in business corporations, commercial banks, investment banks, equity analysis, fixed income analysis, wealth management, etc.

The course descriptions of each elective are given below.

Financial Statement Analysis

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
  • How to use the Balanced Scorecard in conjunction with EVA measures for strategic management of organizations
  • The economics of value creation
  • Profitability analysis
  • Credit analysis
  • Equity analysis
  • 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

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 different types of firms finance themselves
  • How to link a firm’s financing decision to its investment decision
  • Why the principal-agent relationship is key to understanding the capital structure decision
  • Why the capital structure decision is important (theories such as Modigliani-Miller and CAPM)
  • How to value financial securities using the principles of present discounted valuation
  • How to trade off risk against expected returns
  • Why a firm’s dividend policy is important
  • How to analyze a firm’s dividend policy
Measuring Risk in Equity & Fixed Income Markets

Instructor: Shahana Mukherjee

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

  • How equity markets are organized and how they function
  • How wealth is allocated between different financial assets
  • How idiosyncratic risk is different from systematic risk
  • The concept of Beta which captures the impact of correlation on portfolio risk
  • How assets are priced
  • How to measure portfolio performance using metrics such as Jensen’s alpha
  • How bond markets are organized and how they function
  • What mortgage-backed securities are and how they work
  • How to value debt securities
  • How to calculate spot and forward rates
  • How to determine interest rate risk using concepts such as duration and convexity
  • 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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