Master Meetings

Have you decided on which Master programme to study? Would you like more information on the contents and teaching methods at USI? Register at our Master Meetings to attend courses.
The various Master Meetings offer you the opportunity to follow lectures together with the current master students. Guided by a USI student, you can visit the campus and make up your mind as to whether the contents correspond to your study ambitions.

Next appointment: 21-25 November 2022.

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Room SI003
Black Building

Structured Products

In an extensive interpretation, we may speak of structured products as soon as we combine two or more elementary financial products into a new structure displaying original characteristics. Structured products represented one of the most rapidly growing areas of finance in the last two decades, reaching a nearly unlimited variety of forms. The goal of this course is to provide an overview about the process of developing, marketing, and managing structured products. To this purpose, the course will analyze a certain number of popular structured products, like: autocallable notes and other barrier reverse convertibles, principal protected notes, participation certificates, convertible and callable bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and CDOs.

Room A31
Red Building


The course is an introduction to the institutions and economic functioning of financial markets. First, the course provides a general description of the basic features of these markets: the asset classes, the trading mechanisms, and the main actors. Then, it deals with individual portfolio choice. Next, individual portfolios are aggregated to derive the main concepts of equilibrium in equity markets (CAPM, APT). These concepts are used to introduce the notion of market efficiency. The empirical evidence on market efficiency is discussed and analyzed from the point of view of classical and alternative theories of capital markets, such as Behavioral Finance. The course then examines the tools that financial analysts use to make investment decisions (equity analysis). Using these notions, the students will be introduced to the concept of active portfolio management. As a final chapter, the course deals with fixed income securities (prices, yields, the term structure, and bond portfolios management).

Room A12
Red Building

Corporate Finance

The main themes of the course are:

  • What is corporate finance?
  • The concept of value
  • The discounted cash-flow (DCF) method in theory and practice
  • Capital budgeting decisions
  • Market efficiency and financial policy
  • Financial structure and the Modigliani-Miller theorem
  • Payout policies: dividends and share repurchases.