2110. Financial Markets
This course is taught by Prof. Robert J. Shiller who is Professor of Economics at Yale University. Financial institutions are a pillar of civilized society, supporting people in their productive ventures and managing the economic risks they take on. The workings of these institutions are important to comprehend if we are to predict their actions today and their evolution in the coming information age. The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.
(Prof. Robert Shiller, Yale University: Open Yale)
2310. Applied Statistics
This course is an introduction to applied statistics and data analysis. Topics include collecting and exploring data, basic inference, simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods, and statistical computing. It is not a course in mathematical statistics, but provides a balance between statistical theory and application. Prerequisites are calculus, probability, and linear algebra. It includes an excellent set of lecture slides.
(Dr. Elizabeth Newton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
This course teaches how to make sound investment decisions through in-depth knowledge of the financial markets, rigorous analytical thinking and precise mathematical derivation. The focus of this course is on financial theory and empirical evidence for making investment decisions. Topics include: portfolio theory; equilibrium models of security prices (including the capital asset pricing model and the arbitrage pricing theory); the empirical behavior of security prices; market efficiency; performance evaluation; and behavioral finance. A comprehensive set of lecture notes is included with this course.
(Prof. Reto Gallati, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
3410. Financial Management
Financial Management studies corporate finance and capital markets, emphasizing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. It touches on all areas of finance, including the valuation of real and financial assets, risk management and financial derivatives, the trade-off between risk and expected return, and corporate financing and dividend policy. The course draws heavily on empirical research to help guide managerial decisions.
(Prof. Jonathan Lewellen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)