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Online Course

Risk & Return

Columbia University via edX

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Found in Economics
  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $179 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

In this course, you will learn to estimate the expected return of equity and debt. You will also learn to estimate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC), the opportunity cost of capital you should use when discounting the free cash flows to value a firm.

In the process, you will learn to estimate the risk of financial assets and how use this measure of risk to calculate expected returns. You will also learn how the capital structure of a firm affects the riskiness of its equity and debt. Throughout the course, you will learn how to construct Excel models to value firms using hands on activities.

Syllabus

Week 1: Risk, return, and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)

Week 2: The Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) and the effect of capital structure on WACC

Week 3: Case study: Estimating the WACC

Week 4: Valuation capstone case

Taught by

Daniel Wolfenzon

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