ESSEC Master in Finance Masterclasses


January 17


05:30 pm - 09:30 pm

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ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific


SMU School of Law

Armenian St, Singapore, 179943

Singapore, SG, 179943

“Can Investors Beat the Market?”
Time: 5:30 PM-6:45PM SGT

Do index funds really outperform fund managers?

Studies have shown that beating the market turns out to be even harder than we thought. As a result, the notion that investors are better off investing in market indexes instead of hiring fund managers to run their investment portfolios has gained much traction in recent years. With fund managers charging higher fees than index funds, the returns for active investors can be lower.

Smart Beta is a new investment strategy that aims to capture return drivers through transparent and rule-based methodologies to produce better diversification and risk-adjusted returns. Learn more about these investment strategies and how they have affected investment trends in this Masterclass.

“Optimization of A Company’s Capital Structure”
Time: 7:15 PM-9:30PM SGT

The optimal capital structure indicates the best debt-to-equity ratio for a firm that maximizes its value. Putting it simply, how to finance a business is a crucial decision corporate financial managers need to make.

Conducted by Dr Xu Peng, Associate Academic Director of ESSEC’s Master in Finance, ranked #1 in Asia and#5 worldwide by Financial Times, learn the technicality of  determining the optimal capital structure which could maximize profits and corporate value.

Dr Xu Peng is the Associate Academic Director of the Master in Finance program at ESSEC Business School. A CFA
charterholder, she specialises in Asset Pricing, Risk Management and Corporate Financial Management. She holds a PhD degree in Finance and Economics from the Joseph Rotman School of Management and Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada. Her research work is well-recognised and presented at internationally renowned conferences and journals.

A winner of ESSEC Foundation Teaching Awards (2014), Dr Xu is passionate about education and teaches Corporate Financial Management, Risk Management, Portfolio Management, Investment Analysis and International Finance in Master’s and executive education programs at ESSEC Business School.


About ESSEC Business School
Founded in 1907 in France, ESSEC Business School is one of the world’s top international business schools. Combining the best elements of top-ranked programs with significant global career exposure, our Master’s programs include:

  • Master in Management
  • Master in Finance
  • Advanced Master in Strategy & Management of International Business
  • Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics
  • MSc Marketing Management & Digital