Introduction to Finance & Global Markets

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Rafael Borja

Course Descriptions

Participants will learn fundamental principles of finance and the basic structure of international capital markets. The course will include interest rates and compound interest, the time value of money, risk and reward, how stocks and bonds are valued, how international financial markets function, and basic principles of crypto-asset trading.

We explore the structure of the financial system, to include the role of individual participants, investment banks, asset managers, the Central Bank, and other players in the global economy. The course connects foundations of economics to financial markets. What is the role of risk in investment? How does the environment of the market and the broader world drive return on investments? How does capital flow internationally and affect developed and emerging markets? What are the main driving forces of the nascent crypto-economy, as well as some of its limitations?

The course includes some asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

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INTE0104 | Call Number: 15334

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Rafael Borja

Rafael Borja is an international deal-maker with a mix of Global Investment Bank and Start-up experience, currently serving as CFO of NiQuan Energy Group, a clean energy company. Rafael has worked for some of the most prestigious financial institutions in the world, including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. During an extensive career raising debt capital for global clients, he has executed in excess of US$10 billion in debt transactions on behalf of sovereign, corporate and financial institution clients. Rafael is an alumni of Columbia University with a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs and Advanced Management Studies from the Business School, and a B.A. from El Colegio de México in International Affairs. Strongly committed to social welfare and economic development, Rafael has made venture stage impact investments including Soulphia Inc., a social impact venture in New York, where he currently serves as Founding Chairman.

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