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The Oxford 5-Day MBA in Finance


It is crucial that today's business professionals understand the flow of financial resources. Such an understanding is needed daily; whether it is used to anticipate trends, evaluate company performance or obtain funding. People from non-financial backgrounds are often called upon to make decisions based on modern financial controls, and they must have the know-how to navigate the financial systems that have a significant impact on their professional responsibilities.

Oxford Management Centre has created the 5 Day MBA in Finance to provide business professionals with a deeper understanding of corporate finance as practiced by today's most powerful companies. Designed specifically for non-financial personnel, this intensive seminar approaches the subject of finance as it relates to the corporation as a whole.

The highlights of the course include:

  • Extensive and deep coverage of the subject area.
  • Real world approach to the discipline.
  • Numerous examples based around market data.
  • Contemporary approach drawing on recent market developments.
  • Integration with spreadsheet modelling.


The seminar provides delegates with the tools required to find better answers to questions such as:

  • What is the appropriate discount rate to be used in investment appraisal?
  • What are the pros and cons of different types of financing?
  • What factors must be considered in deciding on a dividend policy?
  • What is the exact nature and scope of the issue to be analyzed?
  • What products are available to manage risk?
  • Why is correlation so important in managing risk?
  • Which specific variables, relationships, and trends are likely to be helpful in analyzing an annual report.

Training Methodology:

Using a combination of lectures, group exercises and individual exercises with practical applications, the delegates will gain both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the topics covered. The emphasis is on the real world and as a result delegates will return to the workplace with both the ability and the confidence to apply the techniques learned.

Delegates are requested to please bring a notebook PC to the seminars.

Organisational Impact:

By sending delegates on the 5 Day MBA in finance organisation will benefit by:

  • Providing delegates with a concentrated and focused programme in finance addressing key topics found on.
  • MBA’s in finance throughout the world.
  • Updating IT skills by demonstrating the use of financial software in assisting in the decision making process.
  • Updating delegates with recent developments in risk management.
  • Providing exposure to numerous annual reports and real life cases.
  • Emphasising the role of risk in decision making.
  • Explaining how risk can be measured and quantified.

Personal Impact:

Delegates will acquire the following skill set:

  • The ability to actively participate in finance decision making.
  • An appreciation of the relative merits of varying asset classes.
  • Recognition of the importance of risk in determining the cost of capital.
  • An ability to utilise sophisticated investment appraisal techniques.
  • An appreciation of the key items from an annual report and recognition of important ratios and linkages.
  • Recognition of the appropriate tool to manage risk.


DAY 1:

An Introduction to the Financial Markets:

  • An introduction to the equity markets:
    • IPO.
    • Market Indices.
    • International Equity Market Links.
  • An introduction to bond markets.
  • Long Term versus Short Term.
  • Treasury versus Corporate.
  • Types of Bond.
  • The spot and forward market.
  • Exchange Rate trends and linkages.
  • Carry Trades.
  • Futures.
  • Options.
  • An introduction to the FX market.
  • An introduction to the Derivatives Market.
  • The link between risk and return.

DAY 2:

Evaluating Investment Opportunities:

  • The Markowitz model of Portfolio Risk.
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model:
    • A practical application of the CAPM to a range of companies.
  • The time value of money and discounted cash flow techniques.
  • The Gordon Growth Model.
  • A practical application of forecasting dividends.
  • Determining the Cost of Debt.
  • The Ameritrade Case.
  • The importance of the cost of capital.
  • Scenario analysis.
  • The weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
  • A practical application of the IRR approach.
  • Pitfalls in using the IRR approach.
  • Investment Appraisal using the Net Present Value approach.
  • Payback and adjusted Payback.
  • The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) approach.
  • Real Options.

DAY 3:

A Walk through an Annual Report:

  • The Balance Sheet.
  • The Income Statement.
  • The Cash Flow Statement.
  • Ratio Analysis.
  • A practical application of Ratio Analysis:
    • Apple v Microsoft.
    • Next v Tesco.
    • Easyjet v British Airways.
  • Forecasting Sales.
  • The cost of sales approach.

DAY 4:

The Corporate Financing Decision:

  • Financial Leverage:
    • Modiglianni and Millers Theory of Capital Structure.
    • The Risk of Bankruptcy.
    • The Optimal Capital Structure.
  • The Dividend Decision.
  • The clientele effect.
  • The taxation effect.
  • The principal agent problem.
  • The market for Corporate Control.

DAY 5:

Risk Management:

  • Hedging Exchange Rate risk using:
    • the forward market.
    • the options market.
    • zero cost collars.
  • Hedging commodity price risk using.
  • Options.
  • Futures.
  • Practical Application of airlines hedging fuel price risk- the importance of correlation.

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