Introduction to Investments

By S.G. Badrinath   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 4906
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.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 31 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 10 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

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

Instructor bio

S.G. Badrinath
Professor and Chairperson - Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management
IIM Bangalore

Professor Badrinath is currently the Chairperson of the Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management at IIM Bangalore. He is on leave from San Diego State where he teaches in the Investments and Risk Management areas. His Ph.D is in Finance from the Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University. He has a PGDM in Finance from IIMB, and an M.A from St. Stephen’s College. His research has appeared in leading academic publications such as the Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Business. Collectively, these papers have been cited several hundred times. Additionally some of his research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Financial Executives Research Foundation. At Rutgers, he received college wide and University-wide teaching awards. At San Diego, he has received awards for Outstanding faculty and for Outstanding faculty contributions to the College of Business. He has served as the faculty advisor to the Aztec Equity Fund -- a student managed equity portfolio. He has also served as a consultant in cases involving utility rate setting and in anti-takeover legislation.

Course certificate

25% internal assessment and 75% Final Exam

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