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Approx. 27 hours to complete
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Approx. 27 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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American Institute of Business and Economics

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

5 hours to complete

Why Finance Matters? Net Present Value. How to Calculate NPV

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 79 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
1.1. Introduction – the idea of value6m
1.2. The game plan – a jumbo jet taking off5m
1.3. The valuation model – key assumptions11m
1.4. The opportunity cost of capital6m
1.5. Introducing PV and NPV12m
1.6. PV calculation shortcut (1) – perpetuities9m
1.7. PV calculation shortcut (2) – annuities6m
1.8. A fixed rate mortgage – an example of PV11m
1.9. The general NPV formula4m
6 readings
Konstantin Kontor10m
AIBEc. The American Institute of Business and Economics10m
Handouts – an important comment10m
1.1. Introduction: why finance matters1h
1.2. How to calculate present value10m
2 practice exercises
1 (Practice)20m
1 - The power of PV calculations1h

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Applications of NPV. Valuing Bonds and Stocks

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 68 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
2.2. Valuing riskless debt6m
2.3. Bond cash flows and other parameters. Yield to maturity10m
2.4. Calculating spot rates8m
2.5. Forward rates – the idea and calculation8m
2.6. Valuing common stocks – the expected rate of return5m
2.7. The general stock valuation formula. The “tail”7m
2.8. The model of growth. PVGO5m
2.9. A constant growing company – an example10m
2.10. – What’s ahead?2m
3 readings
2.1. Application of NPV (1) – valuing riskless bonds1h
2.2. Application of NPV (2) – valuing common stocks10m
2.3. Analyzing growth10m
2 practice exercises
2 (Practice)20m
2 - PV of bonds and stocks – models and market values1h

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Making the Choice of Good Investment Projects. NPV and Other Criteria. Why Is NPV Better?

4 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 106 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
3.2. Other criteria – pluses and minuses8m
3.3. Internal rate of return (IRR)8m
3.4. Problems with IRR – it’s not exactly like NPV!12m
3.5. Using NPV – what should we know3m
3.6. NPV and cash flows. Some accounting details11m
3.7. Sunk costs – opportunity costs – relevant costs10m
3.8. Depreciation – an overview relevant to cash flows5m
3.9. Discount rates – nominal and real. The role of inflation6m
3.10. Projects of different length. Equivalent annual cost (EAC)9m
3.11. EAC – an example11m
3.12. Conclusions and unanswered questions10m
2 readings
3.1. Equivalent annual cost (EAC)1h
3.2. Case – comparing two heating systems10m
2 practice exercises
3 (Practice)20m
3 - The problems of IRR and the power of EAC1h

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Risk and Return – From Basics to Reality

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 100 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
4.2. The expected return and the standard deviation for a portfolio of securities. Some empirical evidence9m
4.3. Diversification. “Special” portfolios6m
4.4. Contribution to the portfolio risk. β6m
4.5. Efficient portfolios. The market portfolio’s efficiency7m
4.6. Capital asset pricing model (CAPM). Examples9m
4.7. The company cost of capital (CCC) rule10m
4.8. Applying CAPM – a no debt case4m
4.9. Applying CAPM – the general case. WACC13m
4.10. Steps in applying CAPM – an example15m
4.11. Conclusions. The roadmap to determining WACC. Some objections to using normal distributions7m
4 readings
4.1. Mathematics of risk – an overview1h
4.2. Risk and return (1) – the game plan and diversification10m
4.3. Risk and return (2) – market risk and asset pricing10m
4.4. Risk and return (3) – cost of capital10m
2 practice exercises
4 (Practice)20m
4 - Returns, betas, and the cost of capital1h

About the Understanding Modern Finance Specialization

This Specialization is designed for a wide audience of those interested in finance either professionally or just of curiosity, including managers of different levels specializing in finance, accounting, business planning, strategy, consulting, and project management, IT specialists engaged in the area of finance, fin-tech, big data, and valuation, etc. Through four courses and the final Project, you will cover the theory and practice of capital markets and financial institutions, corporate finance and project valuation, financial and managerial accounting as applied to finance, as well as the M&A market as the ultimate judge of financial efficiency and value creation. The Specialization will prepare you to understand and use the applications of financial ideas, concepts, models, strategies, and tools to build a successful career in finance and in business, as well as to take advantage of opportunities offered by financial markets....
Understanding Modern Finance

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