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IE Master in Finance ranks 3rd worldwide

Written on August 30, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Business School holds the No. 3 position worldwide in finance according to the 2013 Ranking of Masters in Finance published by Financial Times.

IE achieved this result in the pre-experience category with its full-time English-taught Master in Finance, aimed at young professionals with an international profile. The student body of IE’s Master in Finance comprises 88% international students from 29 countries, who will complete the program at the end of this month to start work in international companies that include JP Morgan, UBS and Mckinsey. IE’s Finance Master was the first program in Spain to be made a program partner of CFA (Chartered Financial Advisor), the leading international endorsement for financial analysts.

“This result further consolidates our Master in Finance Program as a leading international reference in the field of finance. We are proud to welcome these top-level students from around the world, taught by more than 85 professors who draw on their extensive professional experience in finance markets,” says Ignacio de la Torre, Director of Masters in Finance at IE Business School.

The Master in Finance forms part of IE Business School’s Masters in Finance portfolio, along with the School’s Master in Advanced Finance, Executive Master in Finance (Spanish) and the Global Master in Finance, a blended program with residential periods in Madrid and London. The five programs offer a selection of 200 subjects in fields like non-banking finance, Islamic finance and microfinance. Students have access to a pool of more than 60 electives in fields like raw materials, distress investments, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. The methodology employed by IE’s Masters in Finance is eminently practical, employing management education tools like portfolio management simulation in real-time using the Bloomberg platform, Factset, or Matlab, which analyzes fixed income.

Students can round off their learning experience in New York, visiting investment banks and hedge funds, holding meetings with financial executives, and gaining a deep insight into how Wall Street works. They also get the opportunity to take part in corporate social responsibility projects such as the initiative based in Ghana run by NGO Financieros sin Fronteras, aimed at gauging the impact of microfinance institutions on the eradication of poverty. In the field of research IE Business School’s Center for Islamic Finance has ongoing agreements with institutions that include King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia.

The Financial Times ranking of Masters in Finance comprises the categories of pre-experience and post-experience programs. It is based on 18 criteria that include the percentage of students working on completion of the program, graduate salaries 3 years after graduation, the degree of internationalization of the school and its programs, the fulfillment of students’ expectations, the percentage of international faculty and students, the percentage of women faculty and students, the percentage of professors that hold doctorates, and research levels.


How to avoid the next financial bubble: IE Finance Masterclass

Written on August 23, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

If you have invested in the stock market or worked at a public company from 1998 through 2012 you have experienced two large bubbles and the aftermath of their bursts. Bubbles can have long lasting and spectacular effects on businesses and individuals. Learning about these and other bubbles may help your firm better prepare for the next burst, which may include the ending of US quantitative easing and its impact on emerging market capital flows.

If you have suffered the consequences of financial bubbles at your job or personal life we would like to help you get prepared and invite you to learn how to prevent the negative consequences of future bubbles. Come and join us:

Date: August 28, 2013
Time: 1:00pm (Madrid time), 7pm (Singapore time)
Registration: IE event page

During this virtual Masterclass Prof Dr Kevin Spellman will highlight the following topics:
• List the steps to bubbles
• Describe the relationship of financial markets and bubbles
• Learn how government policies impact bubbles
• Analyze past and present bubbles


Since 1993, Dr. Kevin Spellman performed investment research and managed pension fund (State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio) and mutual fund (CUNA Mutual) assets using a variety of investment approaches. He is a consultant in asset pricing, behavioral finance, and quantitative investments, and worked for firms such as Accenture and ISI Group (top firm for macro/strategy). Since 2000, he has taught investments and various areas of finance and forensic accounting at universities in the US and Europe.

He is a director of a very rigorous Investment Management Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is a professor and director of the Investment Game at IE Business School. He has a PhD in behavioral finance from Durham University (UK)(2009), MS Finance from University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994), BS Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse (1992), and is a CFA charterholder (1997).


Musicians and Finance

Written on December 16, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

How many musicians and film producers are studying a Master in Finance? This is what we mean when we say we have the most diverse students in every classroom. Meet the Master in Finance class at IE Business School!

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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 Business School has further consolidated its position as No. 2 school worldwide in finance according to the latest ranking of Masters in Finance published by Financial Times.

IE achieved this result for the second year running in the pre-experience category with its full-time English-taught Master in Finance, aimed at young professionals with an international profile. The student body of IE’s Master in Finance comprises 95% international students from 26 countries, with an average GMAT score of 680. They will complete the program at the end of this month to start work in international companies that include Morgan Stanley, Merril Lynch, Jefferies, Barclays Capital and Rothschild. The Master is the first program in Spain to be made a CFA (Chartered Financial Advisor) program partner, the leading international endorsement for financial analysts.

“The financial sector needs specialized profiles with an international focus,” says Ignacio de la Torre, Director of Masters in Finance at IE Business School. “IE’s finance programs equips students with this type of education, and our graduates go on to work in firms like Goldman Sachs, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Nomura, and in emerging economies that offer enormous potential given the accelerated development of their capital markets”. Read more…


Virtual Conference: The Psychology of Finance

Written on May 28, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

What do the fields of Psychology and Finance have in common? If you were thinking “besides the fact that they are spelled without using any of the other word’s letters” than here is an opportunity to come up with a better answer to this question. Take out your agenda and block the following date to join our virtual master class

Date: May 30, 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 15.00 (Madrid time), 21.00 (Singapore time)
Registration: IE Event Page


The Psychology of Finance  

Psychology plays a pivotal role in the pricing of assets. On average, during rainy days the stock market underperforms in comparison with sunny days. How human psychology affects these variables will be briefly viewed in this master class:

  • Define behavioral finance and review the role of human behaviors in decision making
  • Explain key behavioral biases
  • Identify how biases may result in less than rational investment and corporate decisions 

The session will be spearheaded by Dr. Kevin Spellman who describes himself as a pracademic – he has academic and professional experiences. He is a Professor and Director of the Investment Game at IE Business School, and the Director of the Investment Management Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his PhD in behavioral finance from Durham University (UK), and has an MS in finance from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in finance from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He is a member of the Financial Management Association, the CFA Institute, and has been a member of various CFA societies and a board member of the CFA Society of Madison. Dr. Spellman is a CFA charter holder.

Spellman’s academic pursuits (since 2000) have been in investments, including security analysis through portfolio management. His research focuses on issues related to behavioral finance, investment strategy, and asset pricing. He has taught various courses in financial management, investments, CFA review, and forensic accounting and has worked at various firms on the buy-side and sell-side of Wall Street. His experience crosses most asset classes (private equity, international equity, domestic equity, real estate, etc.), investment styles (contrarian, value, growth, momentum), and types of analysis (quantitative, fundamental, economic/strategic, behavioral)


Will the Euro break-up? [Virtual Conference]

Written on April 3, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

We all hear this word at least a few times during the day. It’s a short one, starts with “c” and ends in “risis.”

It’s a word that has the power to change the world and can be found throughout history. This time, everything started with the collapse of the debt crises in the US, which led to financial problems for the rest of the world and a tremendous collapse of the global growth. Will the euro break up? Will the US dollar keep its reserve currency role during the upcoming decade? Why is the Japanese Yen weak after the last Bank of Japan intervention?

These are only a few questions on which we will focus during this Virtual Master Class, as its topic will be the foreign exchange market.

Virtual Master Class: Foreign Exchange Market
Date: April 18, 2012
Time: 3pm Madrid time, 9pm Singapore time
Registration: IE Event Page 

About the speaker

The session will be spearheaded by Carlos Gallo, Associate Professor at IE Business School and Head of Head of Total Return & R&D at Invercaixa Gestión S.G.I.I. Professor Gallo’s areas of interest include the evaluation and analysis of risk return relationships, optimal and efficient portfolios construction, fundamental analysis and valuation of companies and other kind of investable assets. He started his career at the Spanish Market for Futures and Options followed by his incorporation as a derivatives expert at HSBC Investment Bank in Madrid. Some years later he joined Invercaixa Gestión, SGIIC, and the financial management firm in which he handled specialist investments in global equity markets as the Japanese, British, Swiss and the euro zone. At present, he manages the total return funds as the Fund Manager, Asset Allocation Team.


The global financial system is providing us with more challenges than ever before. As a response, the financial sector is increasingly looking for individuals who not only have a deep understanding of financial markets, new financial products, risk control and the new financial structures emerging from the credit crisis, but also a competent knowledge in business management. However, young professionals with this kind of expertise are still hard to find.

In response to this, IE has launched its Dual Degree Master in International Management + Master in Finance. This Dual Degree will combine IE’s prestigious Master in International Management program with the sophisticated and deep financial education provided by the Master in Finance, ranked No.2 worldwide by Financial Times in June 2011. Our Master in International Management covers all the core fields of business such as entrepreneurship, strategy and accounting, whereas our Master in Finance looks at cutting edge fields such as corporate social investment, securitization, leveraged buyouts, behavioral finance and Islamic finance. All this is led by our dedicated faculty, 93% of whom are leading practitioners.

Dual Degree students will graduate in 17 months and start the Master in International Management from February to July and then, instead of taking the specialization course of Sales & Marketing, International Business or Digital Business in their 3th period (September – December), they will join the complete Master in Finance program from September to June of the following year.


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.

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