Feb 122015

With only a few months left in my time at business school, I’m trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. I’m keenly aware that this is likely to be my last time in a formal educational environment. Focusing is not easy, however, as I am simultaneously looking ahead – and anticipating the pursuit of a new career this summer following graduation. So, my strategy has been to pick classes that I feel will benefit me personally and professionally.

One class that I’m particularly glad I chose is Capital Markets with Gurdip Bakshi.   I don’t know a great deal about investment finance, so I was hoping to learn more about money management. Capital Markets deals with short-term and long-term positions across different asset classes. Thinking about investment strategies I might pursue has been really interesting. Before this class, I can’t say I’ve ever gone home and started developing Excel spreadsheets just for fun!

The early part of Capital Markets has been all about optimizing portfolios. A simple way to do this is through the Sharpe ratio (maximizing return while minimizing risk). In a way, it’s a lot like the decision to choose to attend business school itself. You invest in an MBA degree that you believe will deliver a significant impact on your career, while minimizing the financial outlay and the impact of lost time in the job market. I, for one, am pleased with the return on my investment in Smith.

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