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Financial Economics Certificate Courses

The Financial Economics Certificate curriculum consists of four courses, as detailed below.

Students must take the Principles of Finance course first, during Fall Quarter. They may take subsequent courses in any order.

KELLG_FE 310-0: Principles of Finance
Instructor: Anthony DeFusco
This foundation course, taken by all students during Fall Quarter, provides an overview of financial principles. Students will learn about the impact of time and uncertainty on value; discounted cash flows; equity and debt valuation; the term structure of interest rates; portfolio theory; asset pricing; and efficient market theory. The course also explores firms’ financing decisions, including capital budgeting, capital structure and payout policy. (This course is also featured in the Managerial Analytics Certificate program.)  Syllabus

KELLG_FE 312-0: Investments
Instructor: Dimitris Papanikolaou
This course covers key investment concepts from the perspective of a portfolio manager. Students will learn about passive and active investment strategies for large portfolios. The class will cover topics at the frontier of academic research, including performance evaluation, risk management, liquidity, and models of risk and return.

KELLG_FE 314-0: Derivatives
Instructor: Viktor Todorov
This course focuses on the use and pricing of forwards, futures, swaps and options. Strategies for speculation and risk management, no-arbitrage pricing for forward contracts, the binomial and Black-Scholes option pricing models and applications of pricing models in other contexts are discussed in depth.

KELLG_FE 316-0: Topics in Financial Economics: Derivatives II
Instructors: Robert L. McDonald
Each year, this course changes topics to better reflect the current nature of the industry.
This course studies the foundations of derivatives pricing and modern risk management practice. Topics include delta-hedging, the lognormal distribution, Monte Carlo valuation, the Black-Scholes equation, exotic options, fixed income derivatives and risk assessment. Extensive use is made of spreadsheet-based valuation models. This course presumes that students already understand binomial pricing and the Black-Scholes formula.

Related Courses
Interested students may consider taking these complementary courses at Northwestern University:
BUS INST 260-0: Accounting and Business Finance
ECON 311-0: Macroeconomics
ECON 349-0: Industrial Economics
ECON 380-1, 2: Introduction to Mathematical Economics
ECON 331-0: Economics of Risk and Uncertainty
Certificate Program for Undergraduates
Kellogg School of Management
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Evanston, IL 60208-2800