Investment Management Track
- Investment Management
- Investing is a process that involves anticipating future outcomes based on information and knowledge that exist today. By analyzing past performance and other relevant information pertaining to an investment opportunity, you can make calculated predictions of how that opportunity will perform in the future. This course shows you how this process works and how you can apply rational techniques to assess risk and make good investment decisions. Topics include accounting practices and principles, financial analysis techniques, evaluating information sources and their relevancy, evaluating and managing risk, valuation, and pools of funds and their objectives.
Research & Business Reporting
- The course aims to provide students with a sound understanding of technical analysis techniques. Technical analysis is a method of analyzing stocks or other assets and forming strategies of buying and selling these assets. The primary emphasis will be focused on providing students with a solid foundation of the traditional as well as modern techniques of finding trends and cycles in financial markets and understanding the trading strategies involved. The course also aims to introduce and familiarized students to the main practical tools of technical analysis and their application to various markets.
Asset & Portfolio Management
- 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.
- 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 returns 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 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.
- Management accounting systems provide an organization with data used in making operating decisions, achieving cost control, measuring performance, motivating employees and managing external relationships. This multiplicity of roles imposes conflicting demands that imply a trade off in optimal system. This trade off is underscored by emphasizing the interdependency between organizational structure, planning and control. In addition, the course focuses on the understanding of the demand for and the usefulness of management accounting information to manage an organizational unit through effective analysis.
- Includes advanced techniques in fixed-income portfolio management and valuation of fixed-income securities with embedded options. Topics include immunization, yield-curve trading strategies, callable bonds, convertible bonds, bond and interest rate futures, interest rate swaps and mortgage-backed securities.
- 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.