Robert Wesley Everett

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Associate Teaching Professor in Finance

Department Finance
Office Address 347 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-3072
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Ph D, Finance (Macroeconomics and Econometrics), George Washington University, 1998

MBA, Finance, DePaul University, 1987

BS, Agricultural Economics, Cornell University, 1984

Courses Taught

FIN 406 – Sec Anly &Prt Mgmt (3)
Advanced valuation theory; fundamentals of security analysis; portfolio construction and management.

FIN 408 – Fin Mrkts and Insts (3)
Functional analysis of major credit institutions; sources and uses of funds; impact of government regulation.

This course provides a broad understanding of the pricing mechanism of the bond, equity, and foreign exchange markets. The course also gives students an overview of analytical methodologies that help market participants discern asset price from asset value. How can a market participant understand when they are "buying low and selling high"? In particular, the course investigates the following questions related to understanding financial markets and why this understanding is important to success as a strategic corporate manager: ¿ - What is the language of financial markets' how do market actors read financial statements with a critical eye to understand assets' future value? - What is the difference between price and value? - What, theoretically, is the "intrinsic value of an asset? What analytical techniques can the financial market participant use to approximate intrinsic value? - How are decisions made given that market results are uncertain? - How are decisions made probabilistically using the basic concepts of expected value and standard deviation? - What is the difference between an "optimal" decision using market data vs. an "accurate" decision? - How do we understand that the concept of risk is multi-layered and multi-dimensional? - Which risks are associated with which markets, i.e., bonds vs. equities etc., and how do market participants mitigate risk through hedging? - Are markets rational or are they subject to "behavioral" characteristics? - How do we understand and quantify our corporation's risk profile and how does that determine our decisions to employ capital in one asset market vs. another? At the end of the course students should have a sense that decisions to buy or sell an asset in any financial market are imperfect, and that new information alters the value of assets extremely quickly. As a result, students must develop a keen sense of how markets are moving, and why they are moving in one direction or the other. More importantly, students will realize that decisions must be made, assets must be bought or sold, and hopefully, valuation techniques lead to profitable outcomes.

This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Corporate Finance. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the skills they have developed throughout their course work. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program goals and requirements.The projects students tackle will mirror what they'll encounter on the job as a significant member of the corporate planning strategic management team.The course integrates topics and methodologies analyzed throughout the program, leading students to understand that corporate strategic analysis, and ultimately, the firm's ability to enhance shareholder value, is a holistic and multifaceted analytical process.Generally, the capstone course involves strategic financial decision-making and long-term strategic analysis. The course requires students to demonstrate advanced skill at integration and mastery of specific concepts. Specifically: capital structure and cost of capital analysis, financial forecasting, valuation, corporate control, and the environmental factors influencing capital acquisition and allocation. Analysis of the international operations as a multinational firm adds an additional layer of complexity.