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Foundations of Finance, Group B-C2

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Dr. Katrin Baedorf
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
This course covers the foundations of financial decision making. It focuses on investment decisions first under certainty and subsequently under uncertainty. It presents solutions to the optimal combination of risky assets in a portfolio and the determination of the market price of risk. Moreover, it provides an introduction to currencies and derivatives as well as behavioral finance.

  • Part I: Value
  • Part II: Bonds
  • Part III: Neoclassical Finance
  • Part IV: Derivatives and Currencies
  • Part V: Behavioral Finance
Date Time
Wednesday, 08.01.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Friday, 17.01.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 23.01.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 30.01.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 04.02.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Wednesday, 12.02.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 16.04.2020 11:30 - 13:00
Thursday, 30.04.2020 15:00 - 19:00
Investments under certainty and uncertainty, portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), currencies and derivatives, behavioral finance
Brealey, Richard A., Stewart C. Myers, and Franklin Allen (2019). "Principles of Corporate Finance - Global Edition", Irwin McGraw-Hill, 13th edition Bodie, Zvi, Alex Kane, and Allen J. Marcus (2018). "Investments" formerly "Investments and Portfolio Management", Irwin McGraw-Hill, 11th editionThaler, R. (1999). "Mental Accounting Matters", Journal of Behavioral Decision Making Vol. 12, pp. 183-206Secondary literature:Copeland, Thomas E., John F. Weston and Kuldeep Shastri (2004): "Financial Theory and Corporate Policy", Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 4th edition
Lecture with case studies
Written exam
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