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Welcome to Forethought India One-on-One Courses. Our program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen profession. Our instructor for this course is Instructure Faris Saah at Harvard University


This comprehensive course on "Risk and Return in Finance" provides a deep dive into the fundamental principles, advanced concepts, and contemporary issues surrounding the crucial interplay between risk and return in financial markets. Beginning with an introduction to the core concepts, participants will explore various types of risk in finance and methods for measuring and assessing risk. The course progresses to cover the intricacies of understanding returns, the risk-return tradeoff, and the significance of diversification and portfolio theory. Moving into more advanced territory, participants will delve into models like the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT), and examine the role of derivatives in risk management. The course also addresses crucial issues such as credit risk, stress testing, and scenario analysis. Exploring the evolving landscape of finance, participants will tackle contemporary topics like behavioral finance, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, and the impact of technology on cybersecurity risks. Real-world case studies and discussions on ethics, regulation, and financial innovations will provide participants with a holistic understanding of the intricate relationship between risk and return in the dynamic world of finance.

At the end of the program, students will receive a certificate & performance letter by the educator indicating that they have completed the program and acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen profession.

Risk and Return in Finance, by Faris Saah

  • Faris Saah has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2013, he co-founded Avalon Capital Management, a fixed income alternative asset management firm focused on collateralized loan obligations. Prior to founding Avalon, Faris was a managing director and the head of credit research for the United States in the Customized Credit Strategies Unit of GSO Capital Partners LP. He served on both the management committee and investment committee and was responsible for a team of sixteen industry sector analysts. Prior to GSO, Faris was a senior vice president in Pequot Capital Management's long/short and short-only credit hedge funds. Prior to Pequot, Faris had extensive experience as a distressed credit analyst. Finally, Faris held investment banking positions at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. Faris graduated cum laude with a BS in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received an MS (with distinction) in management science and finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management where he is currently part of the Sloan master of finance admissions team.

    I have spent over 25 years in the leveraged finance and private equity industries. I currently run a financial services advisory firm and teach various Finance/PE courses at Harvard University. Prior to launching Quansoo Partners, I was MD, Head of Credit Research at The Blackstone Group. Prior to Blackstone I spent 10 years in distressed and HY credit investing at Mariner Group and Pequot Capital Management. Prior to joining the buyside, I worked as a Lev Fin/PE banker at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan.