Fall 2013 MBA Course

B6300-007: Corporate Finance

MW - Full Term, 04:00PM to 05:30PM

Location: URI 303

Instructor: Charles Jones


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This is the core course in finance, required of all students in the MBA Program. It may be considered the first course in corporate perspective. It focuses on the primary tasks of the corporate treasurer, showing students how to use ratio analysis to assess corporate performance and project financial statements and cash needs for both projects and whole companies. It devotes substantial time to the question of how much debt is optimal in a firm's capital structure. It then introduces discounted cash flow and shows how to estimate a weighted average cost of capital to use as a discount rate appropriate to a particular company or project. By the end of the course, students have all the tools necessary to value a company by projecting its free cash flow and discounting it at an appropriate rate.


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Charles Jones

DirectorCharles M. Jones is the Robert W. Lear Professor of Finance and Economics and the Director of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School, where he has been on the faculty since 1997. Professor Jones studies the structure of securities markets, liquidity, and trading costs, and he is particularly noted for his research on short sales, algorithmic and high-frequency trading, and the variation in...

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