Finance Research Practicum℠
The Finance Research Practicum℠ is a key element of MIT Sloan’s Master of Finance Program. It is also open to other graduate-level students who have completed the prerequisites. In this graduate-level finance course, students work in teams on substantive projects proposed by external sponsors. Our goal is to provide students with a meaningful opportunity to partner with leading industry practitioners on important topical finance problems, while helping them to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and introducing them to the broader financial community. The course is full-time during the month of January, and includes some preparation and follow-up before and after the full-time experience.Some recent Finance Research Practicum projects have included:
- Assess the predictive power of leader-follower relationships among companies.
- Use skew modeling to develop a signal for options trading.
- Conduct an industry review of the cyber-security industry.
- Develop a plan for an investment firm to enter a new market.
- Explore strategic options for an underperforming manufacturing division.
- Develop a method for incorporating news analytics into covariance matrix estimation.
- Investigate if start-up hedge funds have different risk characteristics than mature funds.
- Use an agent-based model to simulate the effect of potential changes in regulations.
- Study firm investment behavior in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.