Financial Markets

Yale Course , Spring 2008 , Prof. Robert Shiller

Lecture 1: Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society

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Financial Markets (ECON 252)

Professor Shiller provides a description of the course, Financial Markets, including administrative details and the topics to be discussed in each lecture. He briefly discusses the importance of studying finance and each key topic. Lecture topics will include: behavioral finance, financial technology, financial instruments, commercial banking, investment banking, financial markets and institutions, real estate, regulation, monetary policy, and democratization of finance.

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This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

Course Description :

Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society - The Universal Principle of Risk Management: Pooling and the Hedging of Risks - Technology and Invention in Finance - Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions (CAPM Model) - Insurance: The Archetypal Risk Management Institution - Efficient Markets vs. Excess Volatility - Behavioral Finance: The Role of Psychology - Human Foibles, Fraud, Manipulation, and Regulation - Guest Lecture by David Swensen - Debt Markets: Term Structure - Stocks - Real Estate Finance and its Vulnerability to Crisis - Banking: Successes and Failures - Guest Lecture by Andrew Redleaf - Guest Lecture by Carl Icahn - The Evolution and Perfection of Monetary Policy - Investment Banking and Secondary Markets - Professional Money Managers and Their Influence - Brokerage, ECNs,Guest Lecture by Stephen Schwarzman - Forwards and Futures - Stock Index, Oil and Other Futures Markets - Options Markets - Making It Work for Real People: The Democratization of Finance - Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis I (Lawrence Summers)

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