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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Module 1: Introduction & Review of Elementary Finance Tools

6 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 75 min), 15 readings, 5 quizzes
17 videos
Meet the Professor!2m
What is the investment management process?4m
Back to basics (Part 1.1): What is time value of money?5m
Back to Basics (Part 1.2): Finding the future value of a cash flow4m
Back to Basics (Part 1.3): Finding the present value of a cash flow3m
Back to basics (Part 2.1): What are annuities?9m
Back to basics (Part 2.2): Annuities example: Retirement problem2m
Back to basics (Part 2.3): Finding the present value of annuities4m
Back to basics (Part 2.4): Annuities Example: Loan Problem3m
Back to basics (Part 3.1): Computing the effective annual interest rate6m
Back to basics (Part 3.2): Computing an effective rate over any period2m
Back to basics (Part 3.3): Examples, examples, and more examples3m
Back to basics (Part 3.4): Computing continuously compounded rates3m
Back to basics (Part 4.1): Valuing perpetuities and growing perpetuities6m
Back to basics (Part 4.2): Valuing growing annuities4m
Using elementary finance tools – Summary2m
15 readings
Course syllabus10m
Meet & Greet: Get to know your classmates10m
Grading Policy10m
How to use discussion forums10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Lecture handouts: Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 110m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 1- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 210m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 2- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 310m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 3- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 410m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 4- Quiz Solutions10m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools- Graded Quiz Solutions10m
Listen to Bloomberg's Masters in Business: Interview with Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb10m
5 practice exercises
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 130m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 230m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 330m
Review of Elementary Finance Tools Part 430m
Module 1: Review of Elementary Finance Tools30m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

Module 2: Financial system & financial assets: fixed income securities

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 66 min), 11 readings, 5 quizzes
9 videos
A primer on financial assets7m
Basics of bond valuation - Part 19m
Basics of Bond Valuation Part 23m
Money market instruments9m
Calculating U.S. Treasury bill prices7m
U.S Treasury securities8m
Other long-term debt instruments10m
Summing up fixed income securities1m
11 readings
Lecture handouts: A primer on financial assets10m
A primer on financial assets- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Basics of bond valuation10m
A note on bond valuation10m
Basics of Bond Valuation- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Money market instruments10m
Federal Reserve Bank's Open Market Operations (optional)10m
Calculating Treasury Bill Prices- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Long-term debt instruments10m
Long-term debt instruments- Quiz Solutions10m
Financial Assets: fixed income securities- Graded Quiz Solutions10m
5 practice exercises
A primer on financial assets30m
Basics of Bond Valuation30m
Calculating Treasury Bill Prices30m
Long-term debt instruments30m
Module 2: Financial assets - fixed income securities30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Module 3: Financial system & financial assets: equity securities and derivatives

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 54 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Basics of equity valuation9m
Derivative securities: Overview5m
Derivative Securities: Options10m
Derivative securities: Futures and forward contracts10m
Traditional vs. alternative asset classes6m
Summing Up equities and derivatives2m
9 readings
A note on equity valuation10m
Lecture handouts: Equity securities10m
Equity Securities- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Derivative securities10m
A note on option payoffs10m
An illustration of a foreign currency forward contract10m
Derivative Securities- Quiz Solutions10m
Global Alternatives Survey (optional)10m
Financial assets: Equities and Derivatives- Graded Quiz Solutions10m
3 practice exercises
Equity Securities30m
Derivative securities30m
Module 3: Financial assets - Equities and derivatives30m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Module 4: Organization of financial markets and securities trading

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 61 min), 10 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Major players in financial markets10m
Primary and secondary markets8m
Types of order5m
Margin transactions10m
Short sales6m
New trends in securities trading7m
Summary1m
10 readings
Roaring ahead: ETFs have overtaken hedge funds as an investment vehicle (optional)10m
ETFs Report: A market driven by 'speculators' (optional)10m
Lecture handouts: Organization of financial markets10m
Organization of financial markets- Quiz Solutions10m
Market declines: What is accomplished by banning short-selling? (Optional)10m
What caused the Flash Crash? (optional)10m
Lecture handouts: Trading mechanics10m
Trading Mechanics- Quiz Solutions10m
Organization of Financial Markets and securities trading: Graded Quiz Solutions10m
End-of-Course Survey10m
3 practice exercises
Organization of financial markets30m
Trading mechanics30m
Module 4: Organization of financial markets and securities trading30m

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