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How to use your lunch break effectively: IE Lunch & Learn

Written on October 22, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

There are many ways to use your lunch break. Forbes recently published a list about it and I would like to benchmark it with the upcoming IE lunch events:

1. Make a plan – definitely!
2. Take a real break – yes!
3. Get up from your desk or work space – no doubt about it
4. Eat – food provided!
5. Enjoy your food – how do you best enjoy your food? In company…
6. Do what you can’t do in the morning or evening – you have to be at the office at a certain time, but don’t know when to leave. So, lunch is your only ‘secure’ time for off-office activities
7. Use the time to connect with someone new – promised!
8. Catch up with old friends – you can bring your friends!
9. Engage in activities that will help you re-energize – we will show you something that will motivate you for a long time
10. Network – up to you…
11. Don’t get stuck in a routine – sure you won’t
12.  Avoid all screens – re-edit: avoid almost all screens
13. Don’t take too long or too short of a break – one hour is just right

So, as long as you’re interested and keen to further your career you have 13 reasons to join our upcoming IE Lunch & Learn events. All events are held at The Executive Centre, Ocean Financial Centre (Level 40), Raffles Place in Singapore from 12noon to 1pm.

Global MBA+ / Executive MBA+
October 23, 2012

Global Executive MBA / IE Brown Executive MBA
October 31, 2012

Masters in Finance
November 6, 2012

Hope to see you there!


IE launches Trading Room for Finance assignments

Written on December 15, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

This week IE has inaugurated its Trading Room to better address market related assignments such as Portfolio Management, Investment Game, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Equity/Asset Valuation, Financial Programming, Equity Research, FX Markets.

Equipped with Bloomberg, FactSet, WONDA, EVA Dimensions, Thompson, Matlab, Reuteurs, TTR & Zoologic and other technologies, this facility has one of the top collection of analytical tools for a university/business school´s  investment lab in the world.

The Trading Room will be as well  the home to many finance classes of MBA programs which require to do analytical research on security pricing, brokerage, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and other analytics such as stocks, bonds, commodities, options and futures, and currencies.


Updates in the IE Master in Finance Portfolio

Written on November 24, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Finance LOGO The IE Masters in Finance portfolio is expanding adding the Executive Master in Finance bi-weekly and the Global Master in Finance. Both programs enable the possibility to combine the professional development with the educational experience. As a immediate benefit, the learning can be applied on a daily basis in the job. The Master in Finance and Master in Advanced Finance provide a full academic experience conducted within 1 year in Madrid.

Here are some more details and the links:

Despite the differences in the student profile and program delivery, all Master in Finance program share the following common features:

  • Ranked #2 in first ever FT Masters in Finance ranking
  • IE Business School – CFA Partnership (Finance full-time programs – CFA program partners)
  • Faculty – 93% practitioners
  • Well-rounded academic content: 120 core classes and 80 electives
  • Technology Savvy – Trading Room, Bloomberg, Factset, Matlab, Zoologic
  • Entrepreneurial focus – VC, Finance start ups, PE

Besides the information on the web, IE encourage interested candidates to join the upcoming virtual session dedicated to these Masters. Please register here. Please also see our blogs Blog Masters in Finance blog and see Mr. Ignacio de la Torre, Academic Director of the Masters in Finance at IE talking about our Master in Finance. Please click here.


Get the IE blended learning methodology visualized

Written on November 24, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

There are many “online learning models” named online programs, distance-learning programs, internet-facilitated programs. IE’s innovative blended education format, however, combines the best techniques of traditional face-to-face education with technology-supported online interactive learning, making it a world-class learning experience recognized by international media and by highly satisfied alumni.

Check this out and let us know if you wish to learn more!


IE Finance Day

Written on September 28, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Luis Isasi, President of Morgan Stanley in Spain and Vice President of Morgan Stanley Europe took part in the IE Finance day held at IE Business School on September 22, where he examined the role of education in the finance sector.

Participants in the event included Ignacio de la Torre, Director of IE Business School Masters in Finance, who gave an address on The World in Crisis: what can we learn from Financial History? and Carlos García de Juana, Senior Advisor for Masters in Finance at IE Business School. IE Finance Day is a workshop where candidates, students and alumni of IE’s finance master programs can gain insights from leaders in the field as well as build networks.

IE Business School has an extensive portfolio of finance master programs, comprising its Master in Finance, Master in Advanced Finance, Executive Master in Financial Management, Executive Master in Finance Bi-weekly, and the new Global Master in Finance, a blended program that includes residential periods in Madrid and London.

IE Business School’s Masters in Finance portfolio is unique in the market, offering a total of 200 courses in fields that include non-banking finance, Islamic finance, and micro finance. The programs use an eminently practical approach, including education tools like investment competitions; simulations of portfolio management in real time using the Bloomberg platform; Zoologic, to learn how to use investment banking applications; or MatLab, software for programming fixed revenues. IE Business School holds the No. 2 position in the Financial Times ranking of Masters in Finance (June 2011).


Astrology and economic forecasts

Written on August 1, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

The current crisis has once again shown how wrong economic forecasts often are. So why is it such a deeply flawed profession? John Galbraith once said that “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” Although many of us are avid readers of economic forecasts issued by the OECD, the IMF, and the EU (the government’s forecasts tend to suffer from a general lack of creditability), it is questionable if our confidence in them is well founded. In my opinion, which is based on my experience, it is not.

Firstly, a large number of economic models try to predict the future by extrapolating the past. The current crisis, like so many others, has highlighted the folly of this method. Such models also predicted in the 1950s that the USSR would become the world’s most powerful economy (its economic growth rate was three times that of the west at the time), and the same was said about Japan (remember the best seller Japan as Number 1, by Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel?), the Asian dragons in the 90s, and now it’s China’s turn. The logic of projecting past growth rates onto the future is an intellectual and economic fallacy, as stated by Paul Krugman in his excellent paper “The Myths of Asia’s Miracle”.  Read more…


Do you need solid knowledge of Finance?

Written on June 17, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Here is the dilemma: you need more acumen of Finance but either your family or your professional environment does not allow you to step out for one year to gain that knowledge. Sounds familiar?

Now. Here is the solution: IE launches this fall the Global Master in Finance, a 14 month blended Master Degree 100% dedicated to Finance. Based on the successful Finance full-time programs with a strong focus to the market and not the engineering side of Finance, this program uses Forum discussion and Videoconferences to discuss cases covering all areas of this important industry.

The learning methodolgy (blended learning) which combines online as well as face-to-face sessions has been used by IE Business School for almost 10 years in its blended MBA programs. Working in teams throughout the program keeps you committed and motivated – apart from getting engaged in discussions with people from all regions of the world sharing their experience in their particular Finance world.

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Global MBA Roundtable – Singapore, June 14

Written on June 9, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Have you thought about an online / distance learning / blended Master Degree but you were not really sure whether this is right for you?

Definitely you’re not the only one… many doubts arise around the learning experience itself, the online methodology and the biggest question mark people put on the value of the degree for recruiters. Wouldn’t it be good to shade some light on these topics? And not just only from the perspective of the institution itself but from current students and graduates from the Global MBA?

So, you’re most welcome to attend to the first Global MBA Roundtable! Some of our current students and alumni in Singapore will talk about their expierences and reveal their personal perspectives on the questions raised above.

Here are the details:

  • Date: June 14, 2011
  • Time: 19:30 – 20:30
  • Venue: Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Road (@Robertson Quay)
  • Registration:

And in case you’re interested in the Global Master in Finance, it is worthwhile to attend as well. Both progams share the learning methodoloy, group dynamics, videoconferences etc.

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