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15.401 Finance Theory I (MBA) | Syllabus | MIT OpenCourseWare | Problem Set 1 | Problem Set 2
Covers the fundamentals of modern financial analysis that are essential to any manager, entrepreneur, investor, or other business professional. Topics include valuation, risk analysis, personal and corporate investment decisions, and an introduction to security analysis and asset management. A prerequisite for all other finance electives offered by the Finance Group. Meets with 14.511 when offered concurrently. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

15.407 Finance Theory (MBA) | Syllabus
Covers the fundamentals of modern financial analysis that are essential to any manager, entrepreneur, investor, or other business professional. Topics include valuation, risk analysis, personal and corporate investment decisions, and an introduction to security analysis and asset management. A prerequisite for all other finance electives offered by the Finance Group. Meets with 14.511 when offered concurrently. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

15.408 Quantitative Investment Management (MFin) | Syllabus
Covers the fundamentals of modern financial analysis that are essential to any manager, entrepreneur, investor, or other business professional. Topics include valuation, risk analysis, personal and corporate investment decisions, and an introduction to security analysis and asset management. A prerequisite for all other finance electives offered by the Finance Group. Meets with 14.511 when offered concurrently. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

15.414 Financial Management (Sloan Fellows) | Syllabus
Provides a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of modern financial analysis and applications to business challenges in capital budgeting, project evaluation, corporate investment and financing decisions, and basic security analysis and investment management. Focuses on five key sections: an introduction to the financial system, the unifying principles of modern finance, and fundamental present-value relations; valuation models for both stocks and bonds and capital budgeting; methods for incorporating uncertainty into valuation models; valuation of derivative securities; and applications to corporate financial decisions. Restricted to MIT Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership.

15.433 Investments (MBA) | Syllabus
The rapid growth in financial technology over the past three decades, and the parallel growth in computational power and the Internet as a distribution channel, has had profound implications for the investment process. This course covers the most important innovations in financial technology within an integrative framework in which individual retirement planning, corporate financial strategy, and proprietary trading can be analyzed quantitatively and implemented efficiently.

15.442 Empirical Methods In Finance (PhD) | Syllabus
This course covers the empirical techniques used most often in the analysis of financial markets, i.e., financial econometrics, as well as the implementation of these techniques to financial datasets.

15.450 Analytics Of Financial Engineering (MFin) | Syllabus
Provides a rigorous foundation for the main analytical techniques and quantitative methods necessary to succeed in the financial services industry. Topics include discrete and continuous asset pricing models, financial econometrics, machine learning methods, and dynamic optimization. Examples of applications include portfolio management, risk management, derivative pricing, and algorithmic trading.

15.481 Financial Market Dynamics And Human Behavior | Syllabus
Develops a new perspective on the dynamics of financial markets and the roles that human behavior and the business environment play in determining the evolution of behavior and institutions. Draws on a variety of disciplines to develop a more complete understanding of human behavior in the specific context of markets and other economic institutions. Incorporates practical applications from financial markets, the hedge fund industry, private equity, government regulation, and political economy. Students use ideas from this new perspective to formulate several new hypotheses regarding recent challenges to traditional economic thinking.

15.968 Analytics Of Finance II (MFin) | Syllabus
This course covers the practical aspects of the analytics of finance, i.e., simulation, data and computational architecture, portfolio construction, trading implementation, and risk management—will be developed in the context of a specific quantitatively equity trading strategy. Because concepts are most easily grasped in the particular context in which they are applied, the course is designed to follow the natural sequence of research, development, testing, and implementation for a quantitative investment manager. While the objective of this course is far broader than simply to train students in the art and science of investment management, organizing the material in this manner will provide students with a clearer and more stimulating sense of industry practice. Mathematical and statistical techniques will be covered in some depth—along with their computational implementation in Matlab—however, the emphasis will be on financial applications, not on methodology.

15.970 Special Seminar: Financial Crises (MBA/MFin) | Syllabus
This half-semester course focuses on the dynamics of financial crises.  By studying the historical, economic, and psychological aspects of the most significant financial crises that have occurred in the past, we hope to learn about their common origins and develop proposals for regulatory reform and crisis preparation and prevention.  Emphasis will be placed on in-depth research findings and forensic financial analysis using historical data and quantitative methods,but we will also cover qualitative aspects of financial crisis including the roles of business ethics,leadership, and corporate governance


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