MBA Update: Investments for Managers

I recently finished another MBA class, about investments for managers. Unlike the previous finance classes where most of the lessons seemed to be about how to put crazy formulas into Excel, this class was more interesting because it taught some concepts and theory.

Course Description

This course introduces the major issues facing investors from both a practical and theoretical perspective. After completing the course, the student should have a solid understanding of:

  1. The various types of financial instruments and how they are traded
  2. The theory and implications of efficient markets
  3. How to calculate the risk and return of a portfolio of securities
  4. Investor preferences regarding the risk and return of investments and how this impacts constructing optimal portfolios
  5. The Capital Asset Pricing Model – a framework for understanding the relationship between the systematic risk of an asset and its expected return

Textbook: Investments, 10th edition by Bodie et. al (thank you Amazon textbook rental!)

A Few Topics Covered

  • Securities markets
  • Asset classes
  • Risk, return and historical return
  • Risk aversion and capital allocation
  • Optimal risky portfolios
  • Modern Portfolio Theory
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Market efficiency

I started an online MBA at Montclair State University in January 2017.

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