ECON 23
Investing Winter 2020

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ECON 23 is designed to provide students with a window into the world of endowment and investment management and is taught by members of the Williams College Investment Office. Students will learn about portfolio theory as well as specific asset classes such as global equities, hedge funds, venture capital, buyouts, fixed income, and impact investing. Students will gain practical skills in excel and will have the opportunity to learn from experienced investment professionals through guest lectures. Through presentations, discussions, readings, and project work, students will gain a better understanding of the various components of an institutional investment portfolio, how it is managed, and how investment managers are selected and monitored, from the perspective of an endowment. Students are expected to attend all on-campus classes (approx. 6 hours/week) and complete a set of relevant readings, a case study exercise, journal entries, and a final project (approx. 20 hours/week). Students will also be required to complete an introductory excel course. The course is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. To apply, please send an email with your resume and a short personal statement discussing why you are interested in this course and what you hope to gain from it to: [email protected] by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Adjunct Instructor Bio: Abigail Wattley serves as a Managing Director in the Williams College Investment Office where she oversees investments in hedge funds and credit. Ms. Wattley holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 8
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: mail your resume and a short personal statement discussing your interest in this course and what you hope to gain from it to: [email protected] by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 20, 2019; if overenrolled: phone interviews
Materials/Lab Fee: approximately $40 for books
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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