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For the second week of the module, dig into the assignments and start to use Microsoft Excel. There are some videos on Excel in the background reading page, but find an additional video or two that helps you get started. Share the link with your classmate and discuss the usefulness of the video you found.

Module 1 – Background


To begin the module, start off with these two videos to give yourself an overview of the main concepts covered in this module. The first video is from Professor Holthausen of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He explains the concept of the time value of money and also goes through some calculations using Microsoft Excel. The second video is from Professor Pinder of the University of Melbourne and covers some basic concepts of risk and return.

University of PennsylvaniaHolthausen, R. (2015). Time value of money. Coursera. Retrieved from:

Unversity of Melbourne

Pinder, S. (2017) Unsystematic versus systematic risk. Coursera. Retrieved from:

A second video from Dr. Pinder on the capital asset pricing model is highly recommended but not required. A link to Dr. Pinder’s video is included under the optional reading list below.

Once you have finished viewing the videos, take a closer look at the concepts covered in the videos by reading through these book chapters. In addition to reading about the basic concepts, make sure to work through some of the numerical examples as these will help you with your assignments:

time and money scale

Vishwanath, S. (2007). Chapter 2: Time value of money. Corporate finance: Theory and practice. SAGE Publications India. Available in the Trident Online Library.

risk and reward tightwire

Vishwanath, S. (2007). Chapter 3: Risk and return. Corporate finance: Theory and practice. SAGE Publications India. Available in the Trident Online Library.

If you have any difficulty with the material above, it is highly recommended that you take a look at some of the optional readings below. The materials below cover the same material but sometimes concepts can be absorbed better if you see some explained in a different manner or see additional examples.

Finally, if you don’t have much experience with Microsoft Excel then please take a look at the following videos:

Davis, J. (2013). Present value of a single amount in Excel. Retrieved from:

Moy, R. (2014). Present value of multiple cash flows in Excel. Retrieved from:

Codible. (2012). Future value for a series of annual deposits. Retrieved from:

Optional Reading

Pinder, S. (2017). Capital asset pricing model (It’s all about the discount rate). Coursera. Retrieved from:

Clifford, J. (2014). Time value of money. ACDC Leadership. Retrieved from:

Module 1 Week 2

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posted Oct 14, 2018 8:08 AM

Hello Class,

For the Case assignment, I was scouring over Google and YouTube to find a video to help me find the expected return, standard deviation, and coefficient of variation given multiple probabilities and returns associated with each probability. Eventually, I came across a video from ExcelIsFun titled “Excel Statistics 61: Stock Expected Return & Standard Deviation (Probability).” ExcelIsFun (2009) presents a table similar to the question in the Case assignment and shows what formula that was used to solve the expected return, standard deviation, and coefficient of variation.


ExcelIsFun. (2009, Jul. 13). Excel Statistics 61: Stock Expected Return & Standard Deviation (Probability) [Video file]. Retrieved from

Module 1 Week 2

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posted Oct 15, 2018 5:24 PM


Good Evening Class

There are many resources the professor provided as well as a quick Google and YouTube search will yield a large amount of information for tutorials calculating present and future value. I personally prefer videos using built in Excel functions and found 2 YouTube videos calculating in Excel.

Net Present Value Function in Excel at:

Future Value Function Excel at:

The NPV video shows the function in use, while the Future Value Function video shows how to perform the calculation the ‘long way’, and then shortcut way using a built in function in Excel.


Codible. (2012). Calculating Future Value on Excel. YouTube. Retrieved from:

Excel, Word and PowerPoint Tutorials from Howtech. (2013). How to Calculate Net Present Value (Npv) in Excel. YouTube. Retrieved from:


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