Banking & Finance Track
- Financial Market & Institutions
Commercial Banks Management
- The first part of the course analyzes financial markets, conceptually and theoretically, emphasizing the role, structure, and activities of financial intermediaries. The dynamic pattern of financial flows is analyzed by flow of funds analysis. The decision processes and market impact of both the suppliers of credit and the users of these funds are examined with highlighting the role, structure, and activities of financial intermediaries.
- In addition, the course will be covering the financial management of the major financial institutions, especially commercial banks, insurance companies and savings institutions, and to a lesser degree with market– related intermediaries such as venture capital companies and investment bankers.
- The first part of the course introduces the students to the diversified services offered by commercial banks through tackling the practical and conceptual grounding in banks management. Emphasis will be placed on the measurement and evaluation of banks performance through bank stock value, spread efficiency and profitability (ROE-ROA).
Research & Business Reporting
- This course analyzes financial problems corporations face that result from operating in an international environment. Major topics covered are corporate strategy and the decision to invest abroad, forecasting exchange rates, international portfolio diversification, managing exchange risk, taxation issues, cost of capital and financial structure in the multinational firm, and sources of financing.
- The first part of this course provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical framework for business research. It introduces the processes for developing research and considering different research designs and approaches together with statistical methods for data analysis and interpretation. The second part of the course teaches students how to report and present research findings using computer technologies and other presentation aids.
Investment & Portfolio Management
- By end of this course, the students will be able to develop an understanding of credit management instruments and their applications to meet credit demand. The course is structured to cultivate proficiency in credit analysis pertinent to credit tenor and credit pricing versus risk, loan making, and loan management.
- The importance of good portfolio management is more evident during periods of market volatility and uncertainty. While acknowledging the contribution of elegant intellectual constructs such as Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT), this course will be far more pragmatic in applying academic theory to real world investment decisions. Through lectures, case studies, and exercises, participants will:
- Become familiar with appropriate measures of both risk and return when evaluating portfolio performance.
- Appreciate more fully the importance of asset allocation.
- Gain a historical perspective on how different investment styles (growth, value, large cap, small cap, indexing) perform over time.
- This course covers options, forward contracts, futures contracts, and swaps. By the end of the course, students will have a good knowledge of how these contracts work, how they are used, and how they are priced. The course introduces the mechanics of futures markets and the hedging strategies. Moreover, the course will introduce its students to swaps, mechanics of options markets, properties and trading strategies of stock options as well as the binomial trees and options on stock indices, currencies and futures.
- This course is designed to enable students to identify central issues and problems in business organizations to suggest alternative approaches and then present well-supported recommendations for future actions. The course will accomplish these objectives by explaining concepts and theories useful in understanding the strategic management process. The course will cover topics such as characteristics of strategic decisions, strategic decision makers, social responsibility and ethics in strategic management, situation analysis and corporate strategy, business and functional strategies in addition to strategy implementation and control. A case-study oriented approach will be heavily used in this course.