INTRODUCTION TO CAPITAL markets and finance

This seminar will introduce you to the world of capital markets and finance. You will learn about the mechanics of raising capital and the players involved in the process, from investors and institutions to investment banks. Furthermore, you will be introduced to current micro- and macro-economic and socio-political developments which impact corporate investment and funding decisions and the composition of firms' balance sheets going forward.  For example, we will explore the current business environment and rising interest rates in the U.S and the strengthening of the dollar and its impact on corporate profitability. We will explore the impact of ongoing tariff negotiation on investment decisions and capital expenditures from a corporate strategy standpoint. The course will also teach you how to evaluate company performance by showing you how to read financial statements and the relationships between sales, profitability and cash flows. Finally, you will be introduced to the world of asset pricing and valuation. We will talk about the Capital Asset Pricing Model, its strengths and weaknesses, and introduce alternative valuation methodologies.


instructor: Akilas Mavrakis, Federal Housing Finance Agency and Georgetown university


Akilas Mavrakis is a finance professional with over 15 years of experience in the capital markets, investments, and regulatory compliance fields. He began his career as a Financial Analyst for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). He also spent over five years working for Deutsche Bank on Wall Street in New York where he gained experience in fixed-income trading, structuring, and hedging strategies. Akilas currently works as a Senior Market Risk Analyst for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Akilas is also an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University teaching several finance related classes such as Corporate Finance, Financial Modeling, Risk Management and Hedging. He holds an M.S. in Finance from Johns Hopkins University. Akilas is also a CFA charter holder and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).