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Finance I- Period 5 Social Sciences & Humanities Program Spring 2025 Semester - Amsterdam

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Finance I- Period 5

Finance I- Period 5 Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Finance
Instruction in: English
Course Code: E_EBE1_FIN1
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 100
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 84
Prerequisites: Quantitative Research Methods I or equivalent


In this course we discuss three main issues in finance: capital budgeting, asset pricing and financial investments. The capital budgeting decision involves how firms select projects that create value.The theoretically optimal decision rule - the net present value method - is discussed, also in relation to other selection criteria that are applied in practice. The asset pricing part concerns the way financial assets are priced by the market. The focus is on the pricing of shares issued by firms and bonds issued by firms and governments. Questions raised are: How are the term structure of interest rates and promised coupon payments related to bond prices? What is the influence of the expected stream of dividends and the level of market risk of firm?s projects on the price of shares? The financial investment decision is approached from a portfolio perspective and ends with a discussion of the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course therefore, CEA's recommended credits are based on the ECTS credits assigned by VU Amsterdam. 1 ECTS equals 28 contact hours assigned by VU Amsterdam.

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