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The Oxford 5-Day MBA in Finance



Today's business professionals must 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.

This course designed 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.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the appropriate discount rate to be used in investment appraisal
  • Understand the pros and cons of different types of financing
  • Recognize the factors must be considered in deciding on a dividend policy
  • Learn what is the exact nature and scope of the issue to be analyzed
  • Define products are available to manage risk
  • Understand why is correlation so important in managing risk
  • Understand specific variables, relationships, and trends are likely to help analyze an annual report
  • Get the ability to actively participate in financial decision making
  • Appreciate the relative merits of varying asset classes.
  • Recognize the importance of risk in determining the cost of capital
  • Utilize sophisticated investment appraisal techniques
  • Appreciate the key items from an annual report and recognition of important ratios and linkages
  • Recognize the appropriate tool to manage risk
  • Integrate with spreadsheet modeling

Targeted Audience:

  • High-Level Managers integral to the decision-making process
  • Non-Financial Business Professionals managing who has been promoted to financial positions
  • Financial Professionals wanting an update or a “refresher” of their knowledge
  • Junior Managers working in the finance area
  • People who want to gain great knowledge to improve their career

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: 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

Unit 2: Evaluating Investment Opportunities:

  • The Markowitz model of Portfolio Risk
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • 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

Unit 3: Annual Report:

  • The Balance Sheet
  • The Income Statement
  • The Cash Flow Statement
  • Ratio Analysis
  • Forecasting Sales
  • The cost of sales approach

Unit 4: The Corporate Financing Decision:

  • Financial Leverage
    • Modigliani 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

Unit 5: Risk Management:

  • Hedging Exchange Rate risk using:
    • The forward market
    • The options market
    • Zero cost collars
  • Hedging commodity price risk using:
  • Options
  • Futures

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