- Valuing a project from start to finish
- Capital budgeting and project choice: which project to undertake
- How to finance a project
- Valuation in the presence of debt
- Thinking and quantifying financial risk
- What we can do to mitigate risk exposure
- Optimal portfolio allocation: investing for retirement
- Understanding financial statistics
- Advanced topics
Dr. Rossen Valkanov is an associate professor of finance at the Rady School. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. In 1999, he became an assistant professor of finance at UCLA's Anderson School of Management where he remained until his appointment at UC San Diego. From 2001-2004 he served as an assistant professor of finance at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Management, teaching courses for the master's program in financial engineering.
He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Finance Association, the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society and the Bachelier Society. Dr. Valkanov's main research interests are in the areas of financial econometrics, empirical asset pricing, portfolio choice and monetary economics.
David Ravetch has been a UCLA accounting faculty member for over twenty-five years. He has received numerous teaching awards as well as the California Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Faculty Merit Award.
When Mr. Ravetch first began teaching at UCLA, the school was not yet a major contender for accounting recruitment efforts. Under his direction, UCLA developed course initiatives, expanded offerings and launched an accounting minor, which was the school’s first approved minor. He was named as the director of the undergraduate accounting program by the Anderson School, where he served for seven years. Today, UCLA graduates are heavily recruited by international accounting firms.