Navin Chopra
Navin Chopra

FINANCE
Clinical Associate Professor of Finance

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Navin Chopra is Visiting Associate Professor of Finance. Prior to that he was on the faculty at Columbia University for 4 years and at New York University for over 12 years where he taught finance courses at NYU Stern School of Business and NYU Law School. He received his PhD in finance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also obtained his MBA degree, specializing in finance, and his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. His area of expertise is in corporate finance, fixed-income securities, derivatives, valuation, equity instruments, venture capital markets, buyouts and other leveraged transactions, investments, and corporate finance. He has also taught at numerous financial institutions in the New York area. He has published articles in the topmost scholarly journals in finance and has received significant recognition in the academic profession. One of his papers received the 'All-Star' award as the most-cited paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics during 1993-2002. He also acts as an ad hoc referee for a number of finance journals.

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Finance I (FINC-430-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Analytical Finance, Finance

This course studies the effects of time and uncertainty on decision making. Topics include discounted cash flow valuation, stock and bond valuation, the term structure of interest rates, bond duration, capital budgeting under certainty and uncertainty, portfolio theory, asset pricing models and efficient markets.

The prerequisite for this course is knowledge of probability and statistics through linear regression. This requirement may be satisfied with either (i) prior or concurrent registration in Decision Sciences 434, (ii) sufficient previous course work in statistics. Familiarity with basic financial accounting (Accounting 430) and microeconomics (Managerial Economics 430) is recommended.

To qualify for a Finance I (FINC-430) waiver, you must have passed a comparable course with a grade of A. The type and level of material covered in the course are represented by chapters 1-13 and 23 of the text by Brealey and Myers, Principles of Corporate Finance. You need not request a Finance I waiver to enroll in FINC-440 (Turbo). To help you decide whether you should waive Finance I, take the self-assessment test online at www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/finance/curriculum/finance1waiver.htm.

Finance I/II (FINC-440-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Analytical Finance, Finance

This course combines the materials of FINC-430 and FINC-441 into an intensive one-quarter course available to One-Year students and first-year students interested in accelerating their studies of finance. Students choosing this option should expect the presentations, readings and other homework to be at least double those of the regular courses. By combining these two courses into one quarter, students are able to take more advanced finance electives during their first year and have the opportunity to include an extra finance elective in their course schedules. Please note that this course carries the weight of one course only. Prerequisites: Knowledge of (a) probability and statistics through linear regression and (b) financial accounting. Requirement (a) may be satisfied with prior or concurrent registration in DECS 434, sufficient previous course work in statistics. Requirement (b) may be satisfied with prior or concurrent registration in ACCT 430 or sufficient previous course work in financial accounting. MECN 430 is recommended.

Finance II (FINC-441-0)

Corporate Finance (FINC-441) covers the financial knowledge you need to run a firm, whether the firm is a multi-billion international conglomerate or a three-person start up. You will learn how to answer the three fundamental question of corporate finance. (1) Capital structure or the funding decision: which source(s) of capital should you use to fund the firm’s project? (2) Capital budgeting or the investment decision: which projects should you invest in? (3) Dividend decision: how should you deploy the capital that the project returns. We will cover the three fundamental methods for valuing projects and firms: discounted cash flow (or net present value), real options, and multiples analysis. The class begins with a theoretical framework. The world of finance is very complex. Without a logical structure that you can use to frame and answer questions, you will rapidly become lost and will be unable to defend your position. The theoretical framework is valuable, however, only if you can use it to examine real world decisions. Thus the majority of class time will be devoted to applying the logical framework. This course is important for anyone who plans to run a firm or a division, who hopes to be involved in the investment or funding decisions of the firm, who plans to work for a service provider who will assist the firm in analyzing these decisions (e.g., banking and consulting), or who plans to invest in firms or advise clients who will invest in firms. Even if you initially specialize in a different functional area, you want to understand how the finance function works. The most brilliant idea isn’t useful if you cannot get it funded.

ACCT-430 and MECN-430 are recommended.



Financial Decisions (FINC-442-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Analytical Finance, Finance.

This course uses case studies to enhance the student's understanding of managerial financial decision making, specifically investment and financing decisions. Topics include short- and long-term financing, capital structure and dividend decisions, cost of capital, capital budgeting, firm valuation, financial and operational restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. The course emphasizes the basic principles of corporate finance and is sufficiently general so as to be of interest to all students. The course provides students with the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories developed in other finance courses. At its most fundamental level, the course attempts to improve problem-solving skills: problem definition, gathering and organizing the relevant information, developing feasible alternative courses of action, evaluating alternative choices, and recommending and defending the best course of action.