Joseph Randall Woolridge

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Professor of Finance, The Goldman Sachs & Co. and Frank P. Smeal University Fellow, President

Office Address 302 Business Building
Phone Number 814-865-1160
Email Address jrw@psu.edu

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Expertise

Valuation Consequences of Corporate Strategic Investment and Financial Decisions. Analysts Stock Recommendations and Earning Forecasts.

Education

Ph D, Finance, The University of Iowa, 1979

Courses Taught

B A 301 – Finance (2)
Overview of financial manager's role within the organization; investment, financing, and restructuring activities.

B A 497F – Nittany Lion Fund Manager (3)
In this course students manage the Nittany Lion Fund, an investor-owned, student-managed, investment fund.

FIN 301 – Corporation Finance (3)
Nature of finance function; risk and return concepts; working capital; dividend policies; mergers; security markets; acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements; raising capital; and planning p

FIN 395A – Nittany Lion Fund - Associate Fund Manager Practicum (3)
Introduction to working with the Nittany Lion Fund. Students work on projects such as investor reports and earnings reports along with assisting Nittany Lion Fund Managers with the development of stock pitches based on market insights.

FIN 495A – Nittany Lion Fund -- Lead Fund Manager Practicum (3)
Advanced work with the Nittany Lion Fund. Lead Fund Managers are accountable for sector and stock performance as well as reports. Students delegate work to Associate Fund Managers while focusing a great amount of attention to all aspects of stock pitches,

FIN 495B – Nittany Lion Fund - Executive Board Practicum (3)
Oversight of the Nittany Lion Fund (NLF) and its overall performance. Executive Board members and Directors are accountable for all aspects of the Nittany Lion Fund. Students interact with investors and are responsible for delivering professionally develo

FIN 496 – Independent Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

FIN 497D – Trading Room Intern (variable)
Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

FIN 497F – Nittany Lion Fund Manager (3)
Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

FIN 515 – Nittany Lion Fund Manager (3)
Focuses on applied issues and topics in the management of investments.

FIN 550 – Financial Analysis and Valuation (2)
Builds upon and reinforces the theoretical and institutional finance frame- works learned in introductory business finance.

FIN 565 – Investment Management Portfolio Analysis Immersion (2)
An intensive familiarization with the Smeal College Trading Room in combina- tion with a visit to Wall Street trading rooms.

FIN 587 – Investment Management I (1)
Applied issues and topics in the management of investments.

FIN 588 – Investment Management II (1)
Complex applied issues and topics in the management of investments.

FIN 596 – Individual Studies (variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

FIN 597D – Trading Room Intern (variable)
Special topics course.

FIN 597F – Empirical Market Microstructure (3)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term.