University of Bath School of Management

Improving value-added Returns on Investment Performance - Behavioural Finance in Action

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About the course

Traditionally, corporate investment decisions have assumed that managers are fully-rational, unbiased, unemotional - perfect calculators of risky situations. However in the real world human imperfections and biases frequently adversely influence the financial decisions we make.

This course draws upon the latest cutting-edge thinking in behavioural corporate finance and how an understanding of this can help to improve investment decision-making and maximise profitable returns in the presence of risk and uncertainty. In doing so it abandons the assumption of investor rationality and considers instead how to recognise the tipping point between value-creation and value-destroying projects, how to maximise the returns on capital structure, securities, asset pricing and M and A activity, and how to avoid project entrapment. Behavioural decisions will be analysed from both the individual investor and the finance professionals’ perspectives, and will focus on the practical application of managing assets and investment portfolios for maximum return.


What does the course cover?

This two day workshop focuses on how to maximise value-added returns by understanding how managerial psychological biases and emotions impact corporate financial decision-making. It builds on latest thinking and research in behavioural finance and draws upon real world examples to help understand how to maximise value-added returns on investment performance. The course will be supported by the book: “Behavioural Corporate Finance: Decisions that Create Value.”

On completion of the course, participants will understand:

  • How psychological biases and emotions can impact corporate finance, investment appraisal, dividend decisions and capital structure decisions.
  • The tension between paying dividends and investment.
  • How to avoid project entrapment, overconfidence and excessive debt.
  • How to improve value-creation through better financial investment decisions
  • How to manage assets and investment portfolios for maximum returns


How will I benefit?

Leave with an understanding of how to maximise value-added returns by:

  • Understanding managerial biases, and the methods for overcoming them.
  • Knowing how to use the concept of behavioural finance to manage assets and investment portfolios
  • Being able to better recognise the tipping-point between value-creation and value-destroying projects

How will my organisation benefit?

  • Improved understanding of the impact and effects of psychological biases on organisational financial decision-making
  • Better asset management and investment portfolio returns
  • Improved capability to avoid value-destroying projects and investment behaviour

Who should attend

This course is intended for anyone investing in or trading in the financial markets, finance managers, accountants, project managers and all managers and executives involved in or affected by financial corporate decisions.

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Richard Fairchild

Personal profile Research interests I have recently become associate member of the Aston Centre for Research in Experimental Finance (ACREF). I am a member of the SAFE (Seminars in Accounting and Finance) research network. I have recently been appointed as editor-in-chief for the Internati...


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