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Behavioral FinanceCognitive BiasInvestmentBehavioral Economics

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

4 hours to complete

Efficient markets hypothesis and limits of arbitrage

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 67 min), 12 readings, 4 quizzes
9 videos
Efficient Markets Hypothesis (EMH)7m
Examples of market efficiency: Market efficiency in real time3m
Three Versions of Efficient Market Hypothesis9m
Event studies6m
Mutual fund and analyst performance9m
Smart investor should make markets efficient, right?8m
Efficient Market Hypothesis2m
12 readings
Grading Policy10m
How to use discussion forums10m
Meet & Greet: Get to know your classmates10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Watch market efficiency in real time10m
Real Time Market Efficiency10m
Lecture Handouts: Efficient Markets Hypothesis (EMH)10m
Lecture Handouts: Are markets efficient?10m
EntreMed Case10m
New Facts in Finance (optional)10m
Lecture Handouts: Limits to arbitrage10m
Module 1: Quiz solutions10m
3 practice exercises
Efficient markets hypothesis10m
Are markets efficient?10m
Efficient markets and limits of arbitrage16m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Biases and realistic preferences

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 75 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
What are heuristics-driven biases?3m
Conservatism and anchoring6m
Frame dependence9m
Mental accounting11m
Realistic preferences3m
Loss aversion or Prospect theory9m
Habit utility4m
Catching up with the Joneses3m
Biases and realistic preferences2m
10 readings
Lecture handouts: Heuristics-driven biases10m
Additional heuristic-driven biases (required)10m
Heuristics and Biases in Retirement Savings Behavior (optional)10m
Behaving Badly (optional)10m
Seven Sins of Fund Management (optional)10m
Lecture handouts: Frame dependence10m
Lecture Handouts: Preferences10m
The Psychology and Neuroscience of Financial Decision Making10m
Psychology of what we do with our money (optional)10m
Module 2: Quiz solutions10m
2 practice exercises
Heuristic driven biases and frame dependence14m
Biases and realistic preferences20m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Inefficient markets

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
9 videos
Equity premium puzzle9m
Volatility puzzle12m
Closed-end fund puzzle10m
Examples from Closed-End Country Funds5m
Long-run reversals11m
Value effect10m
2 readings
Lecture handouts: Applications – the Aggregate Stock Market10m
Lecture handouts: Applications – The cross-section of average stock returns10m
2 practice exercises
Applications – the Aggregate Stock Market12m
Applications – The cross-section of average stock returns10m

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Applications: Investor behavior

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Failure to Diversify6m
Naïve diversification3m
Excessive trading6m
Individual investors’ buying and selling decision5m
3 readings
Lecture handouts: Investor behavior10m
Module 4: Quiz solutions10m
End-of-Course Survey10m
2 practice exercises
Investor Behavior10m
Applications: Investor behavior16m



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About the Investment and Portfolio Management Specialization

In this four-course Specialization, you’ll learn the essential skills of portfolio management and personal investing. All investors – from the largest wealth funds to the smallest individual investors – share common issues in investing: how to meet their liabilities, how to decide where to invest, and how much risk to take on. In this Specialization, you will learn how to think about, discuss, and formulate solutions to these investment questions. You will learn the theory and the real-world skills necessary to design, execute, and evaluate investment proposals that meet financial objectives. You will begin with an overview of global financial markets and instruments that characterize the investment opportunities available to today’s investor. You will then learn how to construct optimal portfolios that manage risk effectively, and how to capitalize on understanding behavioral biases and irrational behavior in financial markets. You will learn the best practices in portfolio management and performance evaluation as well as current investment strategies. By the end of your Capstone Project, you will have mastered the analytical tools, quantitative skills, and practical knowledge necessary for long-term investment management success. To see an overview video for this Specialization, click here!...
Investment and Portfolio Management

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