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A Q&A with the Academic Director of IE Business School's Masters in Finance

IE Business School is a leading graduate school based in Madrid, Spain and is internationally recognised for its prestigious educational programs including MBAs, Masters and PhDs.

In 2016, IE Business School was ranked No. 1 by the FT for its Online MBA Programme for the third consecutive year. It also holds the No. 3 position worldwide in the 2016 Financial Times ranking of Masters in Finance.

We spoke to the Academic Director of IE Business School’s Masters in Finance, Professor Ignacio de la Torre, about his role and how the Financial Times is being used as part of the school’s curricula.

What does your role involve?

I am the Academic Director of IE’s Masters in Finance. My role involves designing the curriculum and selecting the faculty, which is mostly comprised of practitioners of finance.

Additionally, I teach the Macro and Markets update course, in which I actively use FT and similar resources to help my students understand how the world of economics interacts with the world of finance, analysing the most recent relevant impacts in the markets and their interconnections.

How do you use the FT in your classes or as part of your curriculum?

I teach economics for markets, and once every 8 weeks I convene all my students in finance to summarise the events that occurred in the markets in those weeks. We look at the relationship of those events with macro news and I often show FT graphics to illustrate what has happened.

The syllabus for the Financial and Macro update course which I teach, recommends that my students read the FT alongside other sources to help with their studies.

Which sections do you value most on and why?

I primarily read the economics, markets and opinion sections. The economics news is analytical and often features high quality graphics. I also follow FastFT and the economic calendar.

The FT’s Markets section highlights sharp movements in given markets that otherwise would pass unnoticed, providing colour.

I also regularly read Opinion pieces by columnists such as Martin Wolf, as his articles are masterpieces in understanding the current world and being able to forecast the future. tip for educators - Creating reading lists with myFT

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