Investments I: Fundamentals of Performance Evaluation

Required Investments I: Fundamentals of Performance Evaluation

COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this course, we will discuss fundamental principles of trading off risk and return, portfolio optimization, and security pricing. We will study and use risk-return models such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and multi-factor models to evaluate the performance of various securities and portfolios. Specifically, we will learn how to interpret and estimate regressions that provide us with both a benchmark to use for a security given its risk (determined by its beta), as well as a risk-adjusted measure of the security’s performance (measured by its alpha). Building upon this framework, market efficiency and its implications for patterns in stock returns and the asset-management industry will be discussed. Finally, the course will conclude by connecting investment finance with corporate finance by examining firm valuation techniques such as the use of market multiples and discounted cash flow analysis. The course emphasizes real-world examples and applications in Excel throughout.

Length: 27 Hours
Price: FREE (Add a verified certificate for £36/month)
Provider: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Subject: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Languages: English
Instructors: Heitor Almeida, Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder

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