This course examines the decisions faced by corporate financial managers. We will study several frameworks for evaluating corporate projects and develop techniques for assessing projects with inherent flexibility (real options), which are often central to a firm’s core strategy. We will also study how financing decisions affect firm value. Finally, we will consider the ramifications of corporate modeling to issues such as investment banking, equity trading, and market efficiency.
This is a tools course. That is, while we will cover the theory that is necessary to appreciate why we do certain things in the real world, the course will focus on techniques that will make you a better corporate decision-maker.
We will cover the following topics:
- Valuing risky corporate assets
- Capital structure decisions
- WACC and APV
- Foundations of option pricing
- Real option valuation
- Corporate risk management
- Model uncertainty
- Implications for investment banking and strategic trading