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Corporate Finance

Year 2008



1. Introduction2 . The objective of the firm3. Present value and opportunity cost of capital3.1. Compounded versus simple interest3.2. Present value3.3. Future value3.4. Principle of value additivity3.5. Net present value3.6. Perpetuities and annuities3.7. Nominal and real rates of interest3.8. Valuing bonds using present value formulas3.9. Valuing stocks using present value formulas4. The net present value investment rule5. Risk, return and opportunity cost of capital5.1. Risk and risk premia5.2. The effect of diversification on risk5.3. Measuring market risk5.4. Portfolio risk and return5.4.1. Portfolio variance5.4.2. Portfolio's market risk5.5. Portfolio theory5.6. Capital assets pricing model (CAPM)5.7. Alternative asset pricing models5.7.1. Arbitrage pricing theory5.7.2. Consumption beta5.7.3. Three-Factor Model6. Capital budgeting6.1. Cost of capital with preferred stocks6.2. Cost of capital for new projects6.3. Alternative methods to adjust for risk6.4. Capital budgeting in practice6.4.1. What to discount?6.4.2. Calculating free cash flows6.4.3. Valuing businesses6.5. Why projects have positive NPV7. Market efficiency7.1. Tests of the efficient market hypothesis7.1.1. Weak form7.1.2. Semi-strong form7.1.3. Strong form7.1.4. Classical stock market anomalies 7.2. Behavioural finance8. Corporate financing and valuation8.1. Debt characteristics8.2. Equity characteristics8.3. Debt policy8.3.1. Does the firm's debt policy affect firm value?8.3.2. Debt policy in a perfect capital market8.4. How capital structure affects the beta measure of risk8.5. How capital structure affects company cost of capital8.6. Capital structure theory when markets are imperfect8.7. Introducing corporate taxes and cost of financial distress8.8. The Trade-off theory of capital structure8.9. The pecking order theory of capital structure8.10. A final word on Weighted Average Cost of Capital8.11. Dividend policy8.11.1. Dividend payments in practice8.11.2. Stock repurchases in practice8.11.3. How companies decide on the dividend policy8.11.4. Does the firm's dividend policy affect firm value?8.11.5. Why dividend policy may increase firm value8.11.6. Why dividend policy may decrease firm value9. Options9.1. Option value9.2. What determines option value?9.3. Option pricing9.3.1. Binominal method of option pricing9.3.2. Black-Scholes Model of option pricing10. Real options10.1. Expansion option10.2. Timing option10.3. Abandonment option10.4. Flexible production option10.5. Practical problems in valuing real options
 
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