Wharton on the Markets

The Wharton School

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  • 11 weeks
  • online

The Wharton School


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  • Professional investors
  • Financial advisors
  • Wealth and high-net-worth advisors
  • Pension and bond plan managers
  • Financial analysts
  • Financial consultants

About the course

News about the coronavirus pandemic, the markets, and the economy is coming at us daily at a dizzying pace. How can investors navigate the world filled with unprecedented financial uncertainty? What are the most significant fundamental trends that are behind the headlines? What do they mean for the future of investing?

Wharton on the Markets, a new six-week Wharton LIVE series, will help you understand what to pay attention to, and plan for, in today’s challenging environment. This live virtual series allows you to hear — firsthand — the insights of Wharton’s world-renowned finance experts, and to ask questions. Explore factor investing, fiscal expansion, debt markets, and private equity. Learn about the ongoing evolution of the sectors that have been most directly impacted by the crisis, such as energy and real estate. You’ll acquire a better-informed, more confident approach to market decision making going forward.

Program Experience

In Wharton on the Markets, you will:

  • Understand the latest COVID-19 news in terms of the impact on your financial portfolio
  • Better interpret economic data on unemployment, retail, and disease conditions, and extract actionable insights
  • Get expert pandemic projections based on the Penn Wharton Budget Model
  • Learn about the current state of key sectors including private equity, real estate, energy, and pensions
  • Explore macro-trends such as the anticipated multi-trillion-dollar deficit and its long-run consequences for the economy
  • Benefit from the invaluable perspectives of Wharton’s world-class finance experts

With the global pandemic and today’s swiftly changing financial conditions, “investing as usual” is no longer an option. Professional investors need to find a new path forward. This is a time to look to experts and researchers with decades of experience studying financial catastrophes and downturns, who can help interpret the ever-growing stream of data with model-based insights.

Wharton on the Markets invites you to spend time virtually with some of the world’s top financial and economic experts so you can make more strategic, confident investment decisions in the midst of this crisis. After this program, when you read the latest financial news, disease statistics, or economic data, you will more fully understand the implications for the various pieces of the portfolio you supervise or for the investors you serve.

The series will be conducted by a group of award-winning Wharton scholars led by Professor Nikolai Roussanov and will feature conversations with distinguished speakers Mohamed El-Erian and Jeremy Siegel.

Each week a rotating lineup of faculty speakers will discuss a different topic, addressing key questions on the minds of investors. For example, as factor investing in equity markets has become democratized, did it serve to protect investors from outsize losses at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and does it have a viable future? With the gap between the valuations of the leading tech names and much of the rest of the stock market widening even further, is value investing dead? As the U.S. government action to contain the economic damage from the pandemic results in a projected four-trillion-dollar deficit, what does this unprecedented fiscal expansion mean for the U.S. government debt going forward? How does the ongoing crisis impact the continuing transformation in fixed income markets due to the fact that LIBOR, the most popular benchmark interest rate, is likely to disappear by 2021–2022? How have retirement systems fared in the wake of the COVID shock, and how can they be made more resilient going forward?

You will delve into the Penn Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible, and transparent economic analysis of public policy’s fiscal impact and consider an extensive simulation of how the pandemic might develop in the near future. The faculty will also bring you a close-in view of what’s happening in specific segments of the economy, both those most visibly affected, such as energy markets, and those that are more opaque, such as private equity. Finally, the experts will bring you the big picture, tying it all together: the pandemic’s path, the markets, and the macro-economy. They will answer audience questions as well.

In this unprecedented time, conventional investing wisdom is no longer sufficient. Look to Wharton on the Markets for unparalleled, cutting-edge insights and perspectives you need now.


Christopher Geczy

Chris Geczy has been on the Finance Faculty at Wharton since 1997 and is Academic Director of the Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research. He is also Academic Director of the Wharton Wealth Management Initiative at Wharton Executive Education. He has a B.A. in eco...

Todd Sinai

Education PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997; BA, Yale University, 1992 Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards Journal of Urban Economics Highly Cited Author Award, 2009 Edwin S. Mills Best Paper Award, 2004 HUD/AREUEA Best Paper Award, 2001 Academic Positions Held...

Joao Gomes

Education PhD, University of Rochester, 1997; MA, University of Rochester, 1996; BS, Nova SBE, Portugal, 1991 Background Professor Gomes has been at the Wharton School since 1997. His expertise lies at the intersection of macroeconomics and financial markets where he has taught several courses to...

Jeremy Siegel

Education PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971; BA, Columbia University, 1967 Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards Best Business School Professor in worldwide ranking, Business Week, 1994; Lindback Award (outstanding university teaching), 2002; Helen Kardon Moss Anvi...

Itamar Drechsler

Biography Itamar Drechsler joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Finance in July 2009. Professor Drechsler's primary research interests include asset pricing, macro finance and derivatives markets. He is interested in how investor learning and uncertain...

Kent Smetters

Education 1995 Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University 1992 M.A. Economics, Harvard University 1990 B.S. Computer Science, Ohio State University 1990 B.S. Economics, Ohio State University Florian Scheuer and Kent Smetters (Under Review), Could a Website Really Have Doomed the Health Exchanges? Mu...

Eric Gilje

Erik Gilje and Jerome Taillard (2017), Does Hedging Affect Firm Value? Evidence from a Natural Experiment, Review of Financial Studies. Erik Gilje (2016), Do Firms Engage in RiskShifting? Empirical Evidence, Review of Financial Studies. Erik Gilje, Elena Loutskina, Phil Strahan (2016), Exportin...

Olivia Mitchell

Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, as well as Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research;...

Nikolai Roussanov

Education PhD, University of Chicago, 2008; AB, Harvard University, 2001 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 2007present Other Positions National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Research Fellow 2010present Robert Ready, Nikolai Roussanov, Colin Ward (2016), After the Tide: Commodity Currencies...

Bilge Yilmaz

Education PhD, Princeton University, 2000; B.S., Bogaziçi University, 1991 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 2009present; 19982008. Previous appointment: Stanford University Archishman Chakraborty, Simon Gervais, Bilge Yilmaz (2011), Security Design in Initial Public Offerings , Review of Finance...

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