Farshid Abdi

Assistant Professor of Finance


E-mail: fabdi@mays.tamu.edu

Financial Modeling
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The objective of this course is to provide a practical and hands-on introduction to the theory and practice of finance. We focus on understanding the most important financial models to valuate and manage investments and financial instruments, and to implement the models in practice. The emphasis is on developing working models that can be applied to financial data. This course is targeted toward undergraduate students who are finance majors or who have a deep interest in finance theory and applications. The course is intensive, and requires extensive use of Excel. Familiarity with simple programming concepts is advantageous.


Financial Risk Management
University of Massachusetts Amherst

This course is designed to provide the fundamental concepts in financial risk management. At the end of this course, students will learn the main principles to measure, model and manage financial risks. We start with surveying the basic theoretical concepts of financial risk and learn how to model financial risk. Then, we extend our analysis to different forms of financial risk by considering various sources of financial risk such as credit risk and liquidity risk. Finally, we review some of the financial instruments and methods that can be used to manage and hedge financial risk.


Market Structure and Securities Trading
University of Massachusetts Amherst
I developed this course as part of Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

The objective of this course is to provide students with understanding of principals of securities trading and market structure. This course is targeted toward undergraduate students who are finance majors. At the end of this course, the students will be able to (i) contrast different market mechanisms, including exchange and dealer markets, (ii) compare different market settings and their advantages, and (iii) evaluate the costs and risks associated with trading in different markets.