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Learning Objectives

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Theoretical knowledge of financial assets and financial markets.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Evaluation of financial assets available in the markets.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Analytical skill to model implementation and coding.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS: Ability to analyze data and parameters to interpret results from estimated model.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Clear approach to verbal and written statement related to results and conclusion of the analysis.

LEARNING SKILLS: Ability to analyze solutions from theoretical models with critical approach.


Consumption theory under uncertentainity.
Expected utility theory.


Section 1: Market and Securities’ Characteristics.
Introduction to Financial Securities and to Financial Markets;
Definition of Markets and Indexes;
The Prices and the Returns of Securities and Portfolios.
Practice 1: Stocks and Portfolios’ Return and Risk and Introduction of the Efficient Frontier

Section 2: Efficient Portfolios and Efficient Frontier.
Introduction to the Efficient Frontier;
The Shape of the Efficient Frontier;
The Efficient Frontier with Risk Free Rate and Short Selling;
Return Maximization Problem.
Practice 2: The Analysis of the Efficient Frontier and Single Index Model.

Section 3: Single Index Model.
Inputs for the Portfolio Analysis;
Single Index Model: Overview and Characteristics;
Estimating Stocks and Portfolios’ Market Betas;
Building the Frontier with the Single Index Model;
Introduction to the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

Section 4 and 5: Standard and Non-Standard Capital Assets Pricing Model.
Intuitive Approach to CAPM;
Rigorous Approach to CAPM (Maximization and consumption problem);
Multi-factor model Approach: Fama-French (F-F) and Carhart Model (FFC);
Asset pricing approach to ESG Risk-Factors
Investors’ Preferences for Responsible Investment;
Responsible Fama-French-Carhart Model (RFFC);
Standard Test for Equilibrium Models;
Black, Jensen e Sholes Approach;
Fama MacBeth Approach.
Practice 3: CAPM and Empirical Tests.

Section 5: Efficient Markets Hypothesis.
Introduction to the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH);
Three forms of Market Efficiency;
Semi-Strong Market Efficiency and the Event Study Approach;
Tests for the Semi-Strong Market Efficiency.
Practice 4: Factor Models.


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Teaching methods


Practice (with coding).

Two Take Home (on Moodle).

Exam Rules

2 Take Home (20% for each of the two).
Class participation (10%).
Written final exam (50%): theory and exercise.

All students will be totally involved in the learning process starting from the weekly practice class and the two TH process, and ending with the final written exam. The two TH are related to the weekly theoretical topic and to the practice class. At the end of the six weeks all the topics are covered and absorbed by the student with the TH, so each student is ready to take the Final exam to demonstrate: their theoretical knowledge of financial assets and financial markets; the ability to empirically evaluate each financial assets in the market throught their analytical skill and model implementation using coding program. Finally, the student will be able to analyze data and parameters to interpret results from estimated model, and to implement verbal and written statement related to results and conclusion of the analysis.
No resit is allowed in the same exam session.