Practice of Finance Seminars

Financial economics is an applied field of study in which industry practices and structure are important inputs to research and teaching activities. To ensure that the Finance program curriculum reflects the very best of both theory and practice, the Finance group has created a collection of courses called The Practice of Finance seminar series. In this series, leading practitioners provide students with their unique business perspectives on a broad range of topics.

An introductory seminar—Introduction to the Practice of Finance—is the gateway to this series, where first-year students are exposed to some of the basic institutions and practices of the financial industry, including panel discussions with representatives from various financial organizations, MIT alumni currently working in financial services, and leading industry vendors.

Current Practice of Finance seminars include:

  • Practice of Finance: Advanced Corporate Risk Management
  • Practice of Finance: Alternative Investments—Hedge Funds and Private Equity
  • Practice of Finance: Applied Credit Risk Modeling
  • Practice of Finance: Corporate Boards – Their Responsibilities and Functions
  • Practice of Finance: Data Technologies in Quantitative Finance
  • Practice of Finance: Managing Risk in the Banking System
  • Practice of Finance: Perspectives on Investment Management
  • Practice of Finance: Strategic Management of Financial Institutions