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CIM Introduction to Finance

This foundation course begins establishing the required framework to make optimal financial and investment decisions – exploring core elements of asset pricing, project selection and firm value, risk and return, optimal capital structure and global financial market activity. Learning outcomes allows partitipants to: Account for the trends and pricing in global fixed income and equity markets; Apply alternate methods to evaluate projects and create value;   Assess firm-project specific and global market risk-return tradeoffs; Employ alternative valuation tools to establish firm value; Evaluate the optimal debt and dividend policy of the firm.  Other objectives allow further development of analytical and problem-solving abilities, improving communication skills in finance,  and the opportunity to voice new ideas and opinions in a constructive environment.

FINS 542 The IMF, World Bank and Economic growth

The aim of this course is to explore the important roles of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in the global economy. While the differences between the two institutions occasionally blur, their basic missions are distinct: the World Bank finances large-scale development projects and offers interest-free loans and grants to poor countries, and the IMF seeks to ensure the stability of the world monetary system by providing temporary financing to countries with balance-of-payments deficits. How do these institutions influence today’s global economy? Are they helping promote recovery from the global recession, and can they help achieve a more sustainable and equitable globalization?

FINS 565 Financial Management System

Students learn to understand how to use information that helps make sound decisions about how to use the organization’s resources and improve productivity. Improving the financial management system cannot be done without first asking many questions about how your organization’s financial goals link to its strategic goals, about the effectiveness and efficiency of your existing financial systems, and about staff knowledge and practices related to financial management. The following box lists important considerations for the continuing evolution of appropriate and effective financial management systems.

FIN 601 Corporate Finance

This course looks at the realities of finance within a corporate entity. Capital investment decisions are reviewed in more detail, with an emphasis upon risk analysis. Additional topics include the management of cash and working capital, and the valuation of companies. The course makes extensive use of case study analysis to link classroom teaching with corporate realities, and also to provide students with additional experience of making presentations.

FIN 602 Financial Markets and Institutions

An examination of the flow of funds in the economy and of the role of financial intermediary’s leads on to discussion of the principal types of financial institutions.  The functions and responsibilities of central banks are discussed, together with the mechanism through which commercial banking is reviewed, with emphasis on the role of international commercial banks in the Euromarkets.  The role of investment banks and their services to their corporate clients are studied, together with a look at the functions of private banks.   The course ends with a description of “derivative” instruments and their uses.

FIN 603 Investment Management

The course adopts a structured “top-down” approach to portfolio design: selection of the most attractive region, followed by country, industry, sector, and lastly the individual company. The various forms of market index and their use as investment benchmarks are explained. The course then goes on to look at management techniques for both equity and fixed-interest portfolios, looking at both “performance” and “value” approaches to equity selection. The final evaluation is based on the construction and presentation of detailed portfolios for a variety of clients, personal and institutional.

FIN 604 Finance for International Business

A key factor in international business is the need to operate in a multi-currency environment. The course looks at the way in which the foreign exchange markets have developed, and how they operate. The determination of spot and forward rates is explained, and students are taught to calculate interest-parity forward prices and to look for arbitrage opportunities. The different concepts of foreign exchange exposure are discussed, which then leads to a detailed study of hedging operations, using both traditional methods and the derivative instruments introduced in “Financial Markets and Institutions”.

FIN 608 International Banking and Financial markets

The aim of this course is to study a widely neglected issue: How do commercial banking systems behave under distress? We analyze the causes of banking crises around the world and propose methods to prevent these crises or, if need be, to solve them. Various institutional arrangements are compared, ranging from deposit insurance schemes to exchange rate arrangements. Also the international financial architecture comes under scrutiny. Special attention goes to the analysis of a number of relatively recent cases.

FIN 609 Financial Markets, securities and Derivatives

This course introduces students to the operations and functions of the financial markets and financial institutions. The emphasis is on how markets work, how instruments are priced, how they are traded and why they are used. The aim of this course is to develop an in depth understanding of forwards, futures and swaps and their application in risk management situation. The course covers stock index futures, commodity forward and futures, interest rate derivatives, portfolio insurance, credit derivatives and embedded derivatives for corporate applications.

FIN 607 Financial Technical Analysis

The aim of this course is to give you a comprehensive understanding of technical analysis. Accurate financial analysis is a fundamental element of growth, strategy and overall success. Understanding how to use financial indicators and benchmarks allows you to allocate resources and evaluate potential projects for maximum return-on-investment. Financial analysis takes the guesswork out of the planning process and enables you to keep tabs on how your business is performing.

FIN 611 Financial Emerging Markets

The Emerging Market Finance courses will provide an introduction to the essential elements of investing and finance in the emerging markets. The main perspective will be that of an investment manager, but the courses will also provide insights into key macroeconomic policy issues that affect the emerging markets. Part I will focus on the economic and institutional context in which financing by developing countries occurs. Topics will include emerging market benchmark indices, global institutions (such as the IMF), financial development, exchange rate regimes, capital flows, capital controls, and currency crises. Part II, which assumes some knowledge from Part I, will examine financial instruments and investment strategies in emerging markets.

FIN 612 Micro Finance

The aim of this course is to provide a thorough knowledge of the concept of microfinance and how microfinance institutions work, including the operational aspects of an SHG / MFI.  The course will be a mixture of theory and case studies. It provides a comprehensive overview of the microeconomic fundamentals and how microfinance activities are implemented, evaluated, and managed. This course would go also a long way in building up the financial literacy of the persons involved in microfinance and SME sector.

FIN 614 Islamic banking and Finance

The changes in Islamic finance have been tremendous since its initial inception in the 1970s. Its growth over recent years has opened the door to large numbers of banks and financial institutions worldwide. This has led to the market becoming extremely sophisticated as well as increasingly competitive. It is therefore vital that one should be aware of the rules and regulations surrounding Islamic banking & finance (Islamic banking and finance market, Shariah governance systems and the issuance of Fatwa, regulatory standards issued by the Islamic, etc.). This highly intensive course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory issues of Islamic banking and finance to keep you updated and fully informed of the latest developments.

FIN 615 Monetary Policy and Central Bank operations

The structure of the financial system and the role of central banks are often in the news as countries cope with banking crises and macroeconomic problems. This course examines the structure of financial systems from both perspectives. Several broad questions are addressed over the course of the semester: Why is monetary policy important? How is monetary policy conducted? How does monetary policy affect the macro economy? Why and how do countries regulate the financial sector? How does monetary policy, financial sector regulation and exchange rate management differ around the world? How is globalization of the financial sector affecting the conduct and efficacy of monetary policy? These questions are discussed with a combination of lecture and case analysis.

FIN 610 Financial Strategy

This course help develops financial, analytical, and communication skills necessary to develop and implement a financial strategy consistent with firm value creation in a dynamic environment. It stresses the impact of ethical and legal considerations, global markets, and technological innovation on efficient economic outcomes. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze a firm’s strategic opportunities and propose a suitable financial strategy that is consistent with firm value creation.

FIN 620 Financial Risk Management

This course provides an overview of all of the hedging markets and hedging instruments. It explores specific hedging use of options, forwards, futures, swaps, and options on futures. It focuses on advanced financial risk management of interest rates, currency rates, equity returns, and fixed income returns. Students use readings and case problems to study when and how to use hedging instruments to alter a portfolio’s risk exposure.

FIN 630 Mergers and Acquisitions

This course explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. It examines the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms.

FIN 640 Valuation and Value Creation

This course explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.


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