MGT-301 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): Hugonnier Julien, Fahlenbrach Rüdiger, Collin Dufresne Pierre

Language: English


Summary

The aim of this course is to expose EPFL bachelor students to some of the main areas in financial economics. The course will be organized around six themes. Students will obtain both practical insights through real-world examples and understand how one can model the main economic trade-offs.

Content

Keywords

Financial economics; investments; stock exchange; finance; stocks and bonds; options; corporate finance; capital budgeting

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

none

Recommended courses

none

Important concepts to start the course

none

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Explain standard valuations models used in financial markets
  • Recall the trade-off between risk and return and develop an ability to make portfolio decisions
  • Develop an ability to analyze and evaluate investment projects
  • Describe derivatives markets and their benefits and costs
  • Elaborate on the role of information in financial markets
  • Analyze the determinants of an agency relation

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Collect data.

Teaching methods

Lectures; homework; case studies

Expected student activities

Attend lectures 

Complete homeworks in groups

Participate in class

Assessment methods

Assignments, completed in groups during the semester.

Assignments may be qualitative, quantitative, data exercises, or real-word case studies

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

 

Corporate Finance, Global Edition, by Jonathan Berk and Peter deMarzo, Addison Wesley 4th edition, ISBN-10: 1292160160

     

      

     

    Ressources en bibliothèque

    Notes/Handbook

    Lecture notes will be provided for each lecture

    In the programs

    • Semester: Fall
    • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
    • Subject examined: Foundations in financial economics
    • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

    Reference week

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