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Approx. 19 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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This course is part of the 100% online Master of Business Administration (iMBA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week 1

2 hours to complete

Course Orientation

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 22 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Get to know Scott (introductory video used for his iMBA course)6m
See the “Movie Trailer” for Scott’s Course!1m
7 readings
Video Lecture Slides and Transcripts10m
A Preview of Coming Attractions: Introduction Videos for Modules 1-410m
What You Will Learn: Course Summary with Animations10m
Learning from the Experts: Full Collection of Faculty Focus Episodes10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Updating Your Profile10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz30m
3 hours to complete

Module 1: Fundamentals and Composition of Returns

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 145 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
1-1.1. Basics of Return and Risk18m
1-1.2. Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)20m
1-1.3. 3-Factor Model and Market Efficiency15m
1-1.4. Interpretation of Regression Model Results13m
1-1.5. Regression Analysis of Returns to Small-Value Stocks13m
1-2.1. Dividends, Capital Gains, and Firm Payout Policy14m
1-2.2. Realization-Based Capital Gains Tax15m
1-2.3. Seasonality in Stock Returns20m
Summary of Module 1 with Animations8m
Like this course? Learn more with the iMBA! (Optional)1m
3 readings
Module 1 Overview10m
Module 1 Lecture Slides10m
Module 1 Spreadsheet10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Module 2: Investment Decisions in DC Pension Plans

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 128 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
2-1.1. Overview of Key Biases in Decisions9m
2-1.2. Representativeness4m
2-1.3. Familiarity Bias and Background Risk22m
2-1.4. Endorsement Effects7m
2-1.5. Naïve Diversification18m
2-1.6. Inertia4m
2-1.7. Option Confusion5m
2-1.8. Power of Defaults16m
2-1.9. Bottom Line on Biases in Investment Decisions7m
2-2.1. Faculty Focus with Dean Jeffrey Brown (interview)23m
Summary of Module 2 with Animations3m
3 readings
Module 2 Overview10m
Module 2 Lecture Slides10m
Module 2 Recommended Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Module 3: Performance of Individual Investors

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 223 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
3-1.1. Overview of the Performance of Individual Investors25m
3-2.1. Overconfidence17m
3-2.2. Loss Aversion16m
3-2.3. Effects of Loss Aversion (Part 1): Loss Aversion & Tax Incentives for Stock Trades18m
3-2.4. Effects of Loss Aversion (Part 2): Personal Connection to Asset12m
3-2.5. Effects of Loss Aversion (Part 3): Corporate Finance Decisions9m
3-2.6. Faculty Focus with Professor Yuhai Xuan (interview)28m
3-2.7. Effects of Loss Aversion (Part 4): Explanation for Momentum?5m
3-2.8. Effects of Loss Aversion (Part 5): Importance of Endowment15m
3-2.9. Emotion and Financial Decisions15m
3-3.1. Local Investments35m
3-3.2. Changing Nature of Individual Investors?15m
Summary of Module 3 with Animations2m
2 readings
Module 3 Overview10m
Module 3 Lecture Slides10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Module 4: Performance of Mutual Funds and Search for Alpha

6 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 279 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
17 videos
4-1.1. Overview of Performance of Mutual Funds16m
4-1.2. Fees and Fund Performance10m
4-1.3. Brokers and Fund Performance15m
4-1.4. Trends in Mutual Fund Industry7m
4-2.1. Introduction to Search for Alpha5m
4-2.2. Mutual Fund Disclosure6m
4-2.3. Mutual Funds and Local Investments21m
4-2.4. Information Networks and Performance21m
4-2.5. Closet Indexing and Performance Persistence20m
4-2.6. Valuing Complicated Firms and Exploiting Inattention27m
4-2.7. Faculty Focus with Professor Joshua Pollet (interview)24m
4-2.8. Potential Modern Sources of Information19m
4-2.9. Faculty Focus with Professor Jiekun Huang (interview)19m
4-3.1 Economics of Mutual Funds28m
4-3.2 International Evidence on Active Mutual Fund Management15m
Summary of Module 4 with Animations13m
3 readings
Module 4 Overview10m
Module 4 Lecture Slides10m
Module 4 Recommended Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz30m
1 hour to complete

Course Conclusion

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading
2 videos
Gies Online Programs3m
1 reading



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About the Financial Management Specialization

This Specialization covers the fundamentals of strategic financial management, including financial accounting, investments, and corporate finance. You will learn to evaluate major strategic corporate and investment decisions and to understand capital markets and institutions from a financial perspective, and you will develop an integrated framework for value-based financial management and individual financial decision-making. The Financial Management Specialization is part of the University of Illinois iMBA Program. Each course in this Specialization also fulfills a portion of the requirements for a University of Illinois course that can earn you college credit. When you complete the Financial Management Specialization, you will: · Have a solid foundation in developing an integrated framework for strategic financial decision-making. · Have a thorough understanding of financial statements and the financial information they provide, and be able to critically evaluate and analyze cash flows statements. · Understand the management and evaluation of portfolios and firm valuation techniques. · Understand how to incorporate risk and uncertainty into investment decisions and understand how companies make financing and investment decisions....
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