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Approx. 23 hours to complete

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Intermediate Level

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Hours to complete

Approx. 23 hours to complete

Suggested: It will take between 5-10 hours a week for about six weeks to master the content....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Overview of Specialization & Course

This module contains detailed videos and syllabi of both the Specialization and this course. This specialization has been designed to enable you to learn and apply the powerful tools of modern finance to both personal and professional situations. The courses within progress linearly and build on each other and it is important for you to get an understanding of why this specialization may be relevant to your goals, again both personal and professional. Please review the videos and syllabi as they will give you a sense of the specialization and how this specific course fits within. The teaching style and philosophy of the instructors is also presented to you (hopefully) in sufficient detail. Most importantly, it will give you enough information for you to make a decision about whether you want to take this course, by itself or as part of a specialization....
Reading
11 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings
Video11 videos
Specialization: A Collaboration 5m
Specialization: Content and Structure 3m
Specialization: Courses 4m
Specialization: Process 5m
Specialization: Philosophy 6m
Specialization: Prerequisites 3m
Specialization: Assumptions 4m
Specialization: Thank You! 6m
Specialization: Closed Captioning3m
Welcome to Risk & Return! 12m
Reading3 readings
Help us learn more about you!10m
Specialization-Syllabus10m
Course2-Syllabus10m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 1

Risk and return is best understood in a real context; we will therefore spend the first module on understanding the most common vehicle of investment: bonds. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 92 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
1.2 Zero-Coupon Government Bonds 20m
1.3 Government Coupon Bonds 15m
1.4 Bond Pricing: Calculations 10m
1.5 Sources of Risk in Bonds 21m
1.6 Market Data on Bonds 10m
1.7 Recap Module 1 7m
Reading1 reading
Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Assignment 120m
Assignment 220m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Module 2

This second module will be spent understanding the features and valuation of stocks....
Reading
9 videos (Total 121 min), 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
2.2 Stock Pricing/Valuation 21m
2.3 Dividend & Growth Stocks 22m
2.4 The Engine of Growth 17m
2.5 Valuation: the Big Picture 10m
2.6 What is Growth? 6m
2.7 Good or Bad Growth? 16m
2.8 Stocks: Market Data 7m
2.9 Recap Module 2 5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Assignment 320m
Assignment 420m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Module 3

In this module, we will develop a theory of risk based on the intuitive concept of diversification. Since knowledge of Statistics is key to understanding risk, we will introduce some important concepts of applications....
Reading
8 videos (Total 123 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
3.2 Valuation & Risk Estimation 11m
3.3 What is Risk? 13m
3.4 Statistics: Mean & Variance 18m
3.5 Statistics: Covariance & Correlation 13m
3.6 Statistics: Regression 13m
3.7 Back to Risk: Diversification 25m
3.8 Recap Module 3 14m
Reading1 reading
Note-ReviewofStatistics10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Assignment 520m
Assignment 620m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Module 4

In this module, we will introduce one of the most widely known models called CAPM (Capital Asset Pricing Model), which provides a simple and powerful relation between risk and return. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 121 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
4.2 Diversification: Two Assets Intuition 10m
4.3 Diversification: Bottom Line 20m
4.4 Measure of Risk: Beta 17m
4.5 Risk & Return: CAPM 18m
4.6 Risk & Return: Market Analysis 15m
4.7 Recap Module 4 14m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Assignment 720m
Assignment 820m
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Top Reviews

By KMJun 5th 2017

A great course has been taught thoughtfully by a great Professor; i.e., Prof. Gautam Kaul.\n\nI highly recommend taking this course for anyone interested in learning basics of finance.

By YCMar 13th 2016

I absolutely recommend. I graduated from business school, passed all three levels of CFA but I gained tremendously from this course. Made me realize I didn't know fund

Instructor

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Gautam Kaul

Professor of Finance & Fred M. Taylor Professor of Business Administration
Ross School of Business

About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

About the Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing Specialization

Evaluate risk and reward, assess alternatives, and determine the value of a project or company. This Specialization provides a rigorous introduction to core topics in financial valuation, including time value of money, cash flow analysis, asset pricing, risk and return and alternative valuation methods. In the Capstone Project contained in the final course, you’ll apply your skills to research, analyze, and value a real-world enterprise....
Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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