Randy Befumo, CFA
Required Text and Learning Materials
* Merton H. Miller and Franco Modigliani, “Dividend Policy, Growth and the Valuation of Shares,” The Journal of Business, 34, October 1961. * Burton G. Malkiel, “The Efficient Market Hypothesis and Its Critics,” The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2003. * Eugene Fama, “Efficient Capital Markets: A Review of Theory and Empirical Work,” The Journal of Finance, 25, no.2, May 1970, 387.
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Students will be trained in a step-by-step fashion similar to professional security analysts. Students will review the basic framework for capital markets and learn basic techniques in financial analysis including due diligence, financial models, valuation and investment decisions. Students will also interact with investment professionals in order to understand how the tools they are being taught are applied in real life. Time allowing, students will also learn about security selection, portfolio construction, performance analysis and client interaction. Course Overview:
Understanding how capital markets price securities, which requires a strong understanding of corporate finance, is critical for any manager or investor. A core of this class will be understanding how markets price securities and what information can be extracted from this to understand how markets view companies.
Student Learning Objectives for This Course
All Carey graduates are expected to demonstrate competence on four Learning Goals, operationalized in eight Learning Objectives. These learning goals and objectives are supported by the courses Carey offers. For a complete list of Carey learning goals and objectives, please refer to the website http://carey.jhu.edu/LearningAtCarey/LGO/index.html. Student Learning Objectives for this course are:
1. Students should be able to evaluate investment proposals in relation to a company's overall strategy and objectives 2. Students should be able to appraise and develop a firm's capital structure policy 3. Students should be able to...