Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


By the end of the course students, students will be familiar with basic quantitative methods used for analyzing financial data; be able to implement those skills in the context of potential applications for portfolio construction using a programming language.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 27.02.2020 - 08.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sean Shin

Contact information for the course (valid 23.01.2020-21.12.2112):

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CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course covers basic quantitative skills for analyzing financial data. This course also reviews basic academic papers related to empirical topics, such as behaviors of securities prices relative to the benchmark asset pricing models.

    Details of assignments will be provided by the lecturer through MyCourses.

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    The following contents are tentative and subject to change as needed:

    #1. Course Orientation and Introduction. 


    #2. Evaluating asset returns: Time-Series vs. Cross-sectional tests.

    #3. Value Investing. 

    #4. Momentum Investing. 

    #5. Quality Investing, Betting against Beta, and Q-factor Model 

    #6. Group Presentation: Key Paper and Project Execution Plan

    #7. Factor Investing: is it robust?  

    #8. Investing Other Asset Market: Fixed Income Markets   

    #9. Big Data and Machine Learning in Finance Research

    #10. Big Data and Machine Learning in Finance Research (cont.)

    #11. Final Group Presentation 1

    #12. Final Group Presentation 2



Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The final grade (0 – 5 scale) is based on total points (max 100 points); combining assignments (50 %) and exam (50 %) points. To pass the course, you have to get at least 40% of exam points, i.e. 20 points. Conditional on that, your final grade is based on the following scale:  

    90≤x≤100: Final grade = 5
    80≤x<90: Final grade = 4
    70≤x<80: Final grade = 3
    60≤x<70: Final grade = 2
    50≤x<60: Final grade = 1
    0≤ x<50: Final grade = 0, Fail

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    Individual Assignment (15%)

    Group Works (35%)

    Exam (50%)



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Classroom hours 24h
    Class preparation 40h
    Assignments/projects 60h
    Preparing Exam 34h
    Exam 2h

    Total 160h (6 op)

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Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Readings, slides, and other materials will be provided by the lecturer through MyCourses.

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  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Investment Management (28C00300) and Econometrics for Finance (28C00200), or equivalent courses.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course registration is done via WebOodi and closes always 7 days before the first lecture/ start of the teaching period. The study coordinator will check the registrations first and then discuss with the lecturer and provide the lists. We have student quotas for our M.Sc. level courses and we use prioritization list.

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Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A maximum of 40 students can be accepted to the course.

    First priority are Finance M.Sc. programme students (i.e. who have graduated as B.Sc.) and CEMS students (those courses that have been designated as CEMS courses).

    Remaining seats are prioritized as follows, in the order of registration in WebOodi within one category:
    1. Finance M.Sc. exchange students from other universities
    2. Aalto Finance B.Sc. students with a finished B.Sc. thesis (registered in transcript of records)
    3. All other M.Sc. students

    Please follow carefully the registration deadlines of the courses and exams! Missing registration deadline automatically foregoes a guaranteed seat for Finance M.Sc. courses and puts prospective student at the bottom of the prioritization list.

    Students may be required to confirm their registration by signing the participation list circulated during the first lecture.

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Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    This will be announced during the first class.


Registration and further information