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Week
1
2 hours to complete

Course Overview

1 video (Total 27 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
7 readings
About this Course: Ratings and Reviews10m
Syllabus10m
Scott's Advice on How to View and Take This Course10m
Excel Instructions for Installing Solver and Data Analysis10m
Options for Completing Assignments without Excel10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Getting to Know Your Classmates10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
10 hours to complete

Module 1: Investments Toolkit and Portfolio Formation

27 videos (Total 312 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
27 videos
Objectives and Assumptions of Classical Finance2m
Why Discount?11m
Different Return Measures8m
Firm Characteristics Relevant for Investments10m
Zero-Cost Portfolio8m
Statistical Techniques & Excel6m
What We've Learned3m
Historical Returns in the U.S.23m
Return and Risk: Intro to Portfolios27m
Objectives and Source of Data for Examples2m
Asset Allocation with One Risky and One Risk-Free Asset11m
Asset Allocation with Two Risky Assets27m
Real-World Example of a Dominated Asset14m
What We've Learned2m
ASSIGNMENT 1: Portfolio Choice When Change Correlations10m
DISCUSSION OF ASSIGNMENT 1: Portfolio Choice When Change Correlations14m
Objectives5m
Example 1: Calculating Efficient Portfolios of Risky Assets13m
Example 2: Calculating Efficient Portfolios of Risky Assets28m
What We've Learned1m
Module 1 Review6m
ASSIGNMENT 1 (Lesson 1-6): Portfolio Choice When Change Correlations10m
DISCUSSION OF ASSIGNMENT 1 (Lesson 1-6): Portfolio Choice When Change Correlations14m
ASSIGNMENT 2 (Lesson 1-8): Calculating More Efficient Portfolios15m
DISCUSSION OF ASSIGNMENT 2 (Lesson 1-8): Calculating More Efficient Portfolios17m
Like this course? Learn more with the iMBA! (optional)1m
3 readings
Module 1 Overview10m
Module 1 Readings10m
Module 1 Spreadsheets10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz24m
Week
2
7 hours to complete

Module 2: Motivating, Explaining, & Implementing the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)

21 videos (Total 227 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
21 videos
Objectives2m
Final General Portfolio Example and Tangency Portfolio15m
Two-Fund Separation Theorem and Applications10m
What We've Learned1m
Examples of Reducing Portfolio Risk20m
Objectives48s
Development of the CAPM18m
The CAPM and BETA21m
The CAPM and ALPHA5m
What We've Learned1m
Objectives50s
Practice Problem & Introduction to Interpreting CAPM Regressions10m
CAPM Example 1: Coca Cola16m
CAPM Example 2: Balanced Fund6m
How to Estimate CAPM and What We've Learned4m
PREPARING for Evaluation of the Small-Value Stock Investment Strategy, 1927-201434m
RESULTS from Evaluation of the Small-Value Stock Investment Strategy, 1927-201418m
Module 2 Review6m
ASSIGNMENT 3 (Lesson 2-7): Analyzing & Identifying Three Mystery Securities6m
DISCUSSION OF ASSIGNMENT 3 (Lesson 2-7): Analyzing & Identifying Three Mystery Securities14m
3 readings
Module 2 Overview10m
Module 2 Readings10m
Module 2 Spreadsheets10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz24m
Week
3
7 hours to complete

Module 3: Testing the CAPM, Multifactor Models, & Market Efficiency

18 videos (Total 245 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
18 videos
Objectives and Uses of CAPM4m
Testing the CAPM11m
Defending the CAPM14m
Market Anomalies: Small-Firm and Value Effects15m
Interpretation of Market Anomalies9m
Investigating "Long Value Short Growth" Strategy20m
What We've Learned2m
Objectives1m
Multi-Factor Models16m
Matching9m
What We've Learned4m
Use Domestic or Global Factors?20m
Return-Risk Model Used by Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)13m
Market Efficiency35m
Module 3 Review11m
ASSIGNMENT 4 (Lesson 3-7): Analysis and Recommendation of 50 Balanced Funds, 1995-201411m
DISCUSSION OF ASSIGNMENT 4 (Lesson 3-7): Analysis and Recommendation of 50 Balanced Funds, 1995-201436m
3 readings
Module 3 Overview10m
Module 3 Readings10m
Module 3 Spreadsheets10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz24m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Module 4: Investment Finance and Corporate Finance: Firm Valuation

27 videos (Total 310 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
27 videos
Objectives1m
Formula for Valuing a Perpetuity12m
Real-World Examples and Perpetuity Problems21m
What We've Learned2m
Objectives3m
Market Multiples Approach to Valuation9m
Income Approach to Valuation: Introduction17m
Income Approach to Valuation: Discount Rate17m
Income Approach to Valuation: Cash Flows8m
Income Approach to Valuation: Terminal Value, Price-to-Earnings Ratio, & Discounting of Cash Flows19m
Fudge Factors to Valuation and What We've Learned6m
Objectives2m
Microsoft Example17m
Betas of Small & Large Firms and Betas Across Industries17m
What We've Learned4m
Caution in Projecting Firm Growth Rates31m
Objectives1m
Defined-Benefit (DB) Pension Plan Liabilities and Their Valuation16m
Valuing a Stream of Fixed Liabilities19m
Investment Policy of Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)6m
What We've Learned3m
Objectives1m
Valuation of Google at Its Initial Public Offering (IPO): First Attempt14m
Valuation of Google at Its Initial Public Offering (IPO): Digging Deeper21m
What We've Learned2m
Module 4 Review7m
2 readings
Module 4 Overview10m
Module 4 Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz24m
15 minutes to complete

Course Conclusion

1 video (Total 15 min)
1 video
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Top reviews from Investments I: Fundamentals of Performance Evaluation

By DHNov 12th 2016

This was a fantastic course, with a realistically attainable amount of material, and a humble, knowledgable professor whose teaching style makes a normally difficult topic very easy to understand.

By KLDec 7th 2017

Professor Weisbenner is fabulous! He is able to make anyone understand complex investment topics through his delivery and curriculum design. You are missing out not taking Investments from him!

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Scott Weisbenner

William G. Karnes Professor of Finance
Department of Finance, College of Business

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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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