Gautam Kaul




John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance

Gautam’s research focuses on the behavior of stock and bond prices in the U.S. and other developed countries. His interests include asset pricing models, market microstructure and the time-series behavior of stock prices. Gautam recently used computer-intensive methodologies to gauge the effectiveness of trading strategies commonly proposed on Wall Street and in academic literature.

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Jan 23rd 2017

This course is a theoretically sound and practical exposure to valuation. As the final course of the Specialization, it will be useful to anyone in understanding, conducting or critically evaluating project and company analyses conducted by experts.

Average: 1.5 (4 votes)
Jan 9th 2017

This course is a rigorous introduction to alternative methods of valuation and will enable the learner to conduct analysis of most projects and companies. This course will also serve useful to anyone interested in, or required to, critically evaluating project and company analyses conducted by experts.

Average: 5.3 (12 votes)
Jan 2nd 2017

This second course in the specialization will last six weeks and will focus on the second main building block of financial analysis and valuation: risk. The notion of risk and statistics are intimately related and we will spend a fair amount of time on the development of some statistical concepts and tools, namely distribution theory and regression analysis. This time will be well spent because these concepts and tools are also commonly used in many applications in the real world. The foundational idea of diversification will then be used to develop a framework for evaluating risk and establishing a relationship between risk and return. Apart from developing a keen appreciation of risk for making thoughtful decisions in an institutional context, this course will contain a lot of material and examples that will enable the learner to make smart personal investing decisions.

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Jan 2nd 2017

We will introduce the time value of money (TVM) framework in a carefully structured way, using relatively simple applications at first and quickly moving to more advance ones. We will then spend some time on developing an understanding of alternative decision criteria (NPV, IRR, Profitability, etc.) that are commonly used in the real world. We will wrap up the course with an exposure to the determination of cash flows using accounting principles. The main focus in this building block will be on individual/personal decisions because of two reasons: (a) we learn when we see value to us as individuals and (b) the beauty of finance is that the building blocks of finance are applicable to any decision, personal or corporate.

Average: 6.3 (3 votes)
Dec 1st 2016

Learn how to conduct risk analysis of different projects using both conceptual and practical developments in modern finance. This finance course will begin by exposing learners to the critical role risk plays in evaluating projects.

Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
Nov 1st 2016

Learn how to use decision criteria and rules to evaluate projects based on their impact on business, including payback, NPV and IRR. In this finance course, learners will be exposed to real world decision-making rules used to prioritize projects, with several rich applications.

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Jul 11th 2016

In this introduction to finance course from Michigan learn to apply frameworks and smart tools for understanding and making everyday financial decisions. Want to learn how to think clearly about important financial decisions and improve your financial literacy? Finance for Everyone will showcase the beauty and power of finance. This introductory finance course will be a gateway into the world of finance and will examine multiple applications to apply to your everyday life. Join us to better understand how to apply frameworks and tools to make smart financial choices.

Average: 7.2 (5 votes)