Financial Economics and Risk Management

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course aims to engage students in an active discovery of the basic principles of microeconomics, corporate finance and risk management as they apply to the business environment. The student will gain an awareness of the challenges witnessed as well as tools and processes used by financial economists and risk management professionals.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Students are exposed to a variety of concepts, methods and theories in financial economics from the perspectives of risk and uncertainty; and will learn how corporations add value to their shareholders and grow in a sustainable manner given the challenges and opportunities in a global setting. More specifically, upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Understand the scope of financial economics and risk management; and its significance for business executives
2. Understand the investment (capital budgeting) and financing (capital structure) decisions
3. Understand how investors value firms in a decision-theoretic framework
4. Understand what financial economists mean by risk and risk management
5. Understand the fact that a firm is really a portfolio of risky projects

TextBook: Essentials of Risk Management in Finance – A.Tarantino with D.Cernauskas

Part 2: White Paper Project – 15 Pages
Select any one of the following chapters from Essentials of Risk Management in Finance (see course text options below) and write a comprehensive and thorough 15-page white paper, which will serve as a “thought leadership” piece on the topic. It should include a case study relating the topic to a real-life situation that could be a historical event, a current example from a corporation, financial institution, investment management company (such as a hedge fund, mutual fund or venture capital fund) or a proposed approach for the global marketplace.

Essentials of Risk Management in Finance – A.Tarantino with D.Cernauskas
Chapter 1: Introduction to Risk Management
Chapter 2: Risk Frameworks and Standards
Chapter 3: Conducting Your Own Risk Assessment and Alignment
Chapter 11: Market Risk – From Value at Risk to Black Swans
Chapter 12: Volatility, Risk Aversion, and Portfolio Management
Chapter 13: Credit Risk
Chapter 14: Corporate Governance and Compensation
Chapter 17: Liquidity and Solvency: Enterprise-Ending Risks

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