The emphasis of the course will be on learning how to estimate the true values of equity investments, compare these with market prices, and make intelligent and rational investment decisions. We will provide you with the tools and methods to assess intrinsic enterprise values based on a firm’s tangible and intangible assets and its sustainable cashflows. You will collect and analyze data and build your confidence to independently make prudent investment decisions.
Value investing was developed in the 1920s by finance professors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd, who in their seminal work “Security Analysis”, taught us how to estimate a stock’s intrinsic value from its underlying assets and earnings power. They showed that intrinsic values can deviate substantially from prices quoted by the some-times sulky, sometimes exuberant ”Mr. Market”, thus providing profitable investment opportunities. Value Investors discard past returns, and in their fundamental analysis put relatively more weight on existing assets and cash flows, than on growth prospects. The Value School has many distinguished alumni including Warren Buffett, Walter Schloss, Peter Lynch, and Seth Klarman, to name but a few.
Individual investors and portfolio managers will learn to apply the value investing methodology and become better equipped to uncover opportunities that others may miss.
But also financial advisors and other professionals in the financial services industry, as well as entrepreneurs and managers will benefit from the analytical methods and insights into value creation, growth, and profitability.
The course does not require any prior knowledge or experience and is open to anyone with a keen interest in investing, and want to learn more about financial markets and evaluating investment opportunities.
The course is spread over six evening classes from 18:00 to 21:00
March 10th: Introduction, overview, and terminology
March 12th: Financial Statement Analysis
March 17th: Enterprise Valuation
March 19th: Taking the Theory to the real world: Case studies and real-world investment analyses
March 24th: Qualitative factors: Comparative advantages, Strategy, Management.
March 26th: Value Investing in practice: Screening, Analysing, Selecting.
April 23rd: Capstone Event
Jos van Bommel (MSc, MBA, Ph.D., CFA) is the certificate’s course director. He has been teaching valuation and corporate finance courses at IESE, Babson College, ESADE and Oxford, a.o.
Thomas Kaspereit (MA, Ph.D.) will teach the Financial Statement Analysis module. Thomas is the course director of the Master in Accounting and Audit at the University of Luxembourg.
Léon Kirch (MSc, CFA) will share with us his extensive know-how of the real-world challenges of money management. He is a Value Style portfolio manager for over 20 years and the founding President of the Luxembourg CFA Society.