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Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Introduction to Investments

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore via Swayam

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When you complete this course, you will become familiar with the general structure of primary and secondary equity markets from a domestic and international perspective. Beginning with introductory finance notions of risk and return, we examine qualitative concepts such as market efficiency and valuation.These tools should enable you to build valuation models for common stocks. Through this process, you will also learn how professional financial analysts should evaluate companies. The course is suitable for students seeking eventual employment with a brokerage company, investment company or financial services company with responsibilities in evaluating and selecting equity securities for investment portfolios.

What you'll learn
  • To advance the understanding of fundamental concepts of financial markets and market participants.
  • To explain the structure of global markets in which equities trade.
  • To evaluate the economic and industry environment in which companies operate.
  • To develop and employ tools of financial analysis for examining company fundamentals.
  • To understand techniques for valuing equity securities.
  • To link theories of valuation to practical aspects of investing.



Week 1: Introduction Markets, Participants and Performance
  • Real Versus Financial Assets
  • History of Stock Markets, Players and Funds
  • Financial Analysts
  • Role for Retail Investors
  • Rates of Return – Review and More
Week 2: Market Structure
  • Measuring Expected Returns, Discussing Risk
  • Tying Risk and Returns to Pricing Assets
  • Market Indices
  • Primary Markets
  • Types of Markets
  • Types of Orders
Week 3: Trading Locations and Practices
  • Stock Exchanges
  • Technology in Trading
  • How Margin Works
  • Advanced Margin Considerations
  • Short Selling - Basics
  • Short Selling – Games and Strategies
  • Setting the Valuation Stage
  • Economic Analysis - Measurement Issues
  • Economic Analysis - Policy Issues
Week 4: Basics of Valuation
  • Business Cycles and Indicators
  • Industry and Company Analysis
  • Approaches to Quality Evaluation
  • Introducing Technical Analysis
Week 5: Fundamental Valuation Analysis
  • Introducing Fundamental Analysis – Notions of Value
  • Comparables Valuation
  • Discounted Cash Flow Evaluation: Overview
  • DCF Building Blocks
  • Multi-stage DCF Models
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Efficient Markets - Theory
  • Efficient Markets - Evidence

Taught by

S.G. Badrinath


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