Thursday, March 31, 2011

My favorite [ and free! ] Academic Earth lectures

Academic Earth offers free access to video courses and academic lectures from leading colleges and universities. Their website is here.

Equity Valuations:
One of the best free "Equity valuation" lecture I've ever seen is by Dr. Aswath Damodaran.

His bio taken from his personal website state:
My name is Aswath Damodaran. I am a Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. I teach the corporate finance and valuation courses in the MBA program as well as occassional short-term classes around the world on both topics. I received my MBA and Ph.D degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. My research interests lie in valuation, portfolio management and applied corporate finance. My papers have been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies, though I am sure that the list of people who have read these articles is a short one.

I do like to write. I have written three books on equity valuation (Damodaran on Valuation, Investment Valuation, The Dark Side of Valuation) and two on corporate finance (Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, Applied Corporate Finance: A User’s Manual). I also co-edited a book on investment management with Peter Bernstein (Investment Management) and I have two books on portfolio management - one on investment philosophies (Investment Philosophies).and one titled Investment Fables.  My most recent book, titled Strategic Risk Taking, is an exploration of how we think about risk and the implications for risk management.

If you asked me to describe what I do, I am first and foremost a teacher - not an academic, a professor or an authority on any topic. I learned to teach when I was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984 to 1986, where I received the Earl Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1985. I have been at NYU since 1986, received the Stern School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (awarded by the graduating class) in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008, and was the youngest winner of the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (in 1990). I was profiled in Business Week as one of the top twelve business school professors in the United States in 1994. Needless to say, I love teaching and I hope it shows.

MM here:
Valuation Class
I found the class on "Relative Valuation" extremely interesting.

His website provides even more information. His excel spreadsheets are automated worksheet programs that can help you evaluate any kind of equity. His webcasts are his actual lectures during the academic year, so they may not all be available all at once. But you will be overwhelmed by the amount of resources.
Website & extra resources

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