Excerpt from course description

Introduction to Finance


The aim of the preparatory course is to provide a basic overview of the concepts and tools used in everyday financial decisions.

It is made for those students without any background in finance, to help them in their transition to the program. All of these topics will be covered during the first semester but at a fast pace.

We start by examining the financial statements which are regularly submitted by firms. This is followed by an introduction to basic financial concepts, such as competitive market prices, the time value of money, risk aversion, value additivity, and the law of one price. We then apply these basic concepts by looking at investment decisions made by firms, as well as at the ways in which firms finance themselves through debt and equity securities.

Course content

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Basic financial concepts
  • Investment decision rules
  • Bonds
  • Stocks


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