University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Corporate Finance II: Financing Investments and Managing Risk
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Corporate Finance II: Financing Investments and Managing Risk

This course is part of Financial Management Specialization

Taught in English

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Heitor Almeida
Stefan Zeume

Instructors: Heitor Almeida

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Beginner level
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There are 6 modules in this course

You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.

What's included

4 videos5 readings1 quiz

In Module 1, we will discuss the differences between debt and equity financing for corporations. We will then learn how to avoid usual mistakes that people make when analyzing the choice between debt and equity. We will work with financial statements to understand the impact of higher debt on corporate profits, and we will learn how debt and risk are fundamentally related. Finally, we will use our knowledge to understand how companies choose how much debt to have.

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11 videos2 readings3 quizzes

In Module 2 we will dig deeper into the mechanics and the institutional details that are important to understand debt financing. We will learn models that allow us to link default probabilities to yields on a company’s debt. We will discuss the roles of credit ratings for debt markets and for companies. We will learn the importance of non-price contractual terms such as debt covenants, collateral, and seniority. We will use this knowledge to understand how companies choose between bank debt and bond financing. Finally, we will discuss how payout decisions (dividends and share repurchases) affect firm value and how companies choose their optimal payout policy.

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10 videos2 readings4 quizzes1 peer review

In Module 3 we will identify good and bad reasons why companies engage in risk management, or hedging. We will learn the mechanics of how to use derivatives such as forwards and futures to eliminate specific risks. We will also discuss how to manage risks that cannot be hedged with derivatives. In particular, we will learn that appropriate liquidity management can work as a substitute for hedging strategies. We will also discuss how and why to hedge currency risk, and how to think about a company’s cost of capital when making cross-border investments.

What's included

11 videos2 readings3 quizzes

In Module 4, we will apply our knowledge on how to discount future cash flows to challenging situations. First, we learn how the presence of debt can result in acceptance of negative NPV projects (overinvestment, excessive risk taking). Then, we learn how debt can result in the rejection of positive NPV projects (underinvestment). Next, we will learn that NPV of the firm can differ from NPV for society, and how this may explain firms’ decisions to make bribe payments even though corruption is detrimental to welfare. Last, we examine situations where the NPV equation does not hold and what this means for society.

What's included

9 videos2 readings3 quizzes1 peer review

You will find out where to go next after completing this course and be able to share any thoughts you have on this course experience.

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4.7 (105 ratings)
Heitor Almeida
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5 Courses86,719 learners
Stefan Zeume
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2 Courses55,210 learners

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