Course Description

Managing economic fluctuations can be one of the most vexing challenges facing decision makers, especially since unexpected shifts can dilute even the best laid business plans.  This course employs actual case studies to explore how business cycles influence economic activity and portfolio performance, which industrial sectors can make the most sense, and which to avoid at the various stages, and how authorities apply Monetary and Fiscal Policy to smooth cycle disruptions.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the various stages of business cycles and their potential triggers
  • Analyze causation theories of business cycles and how investment professionals adjust their portfolios as they attempt to capitalize on them
  • Recognize how cycles can lead to crises and what governmental actions have been taken to reduce or aggravate their impact


To enroll in Strategic Investments elective courses, students must have completed ECON X499.1, ECON X499.2, and ECON X499.4 with a grade C or better. 

If you have substituted ECON X499.1 with a ECON 134A please email your unofficial transcript to help@professional.ucsb.edu for assistance.  

Concurrent Enrollment Permissible: If you have already enrolled in ECON X499.1 / ECON X499.2 / ECON X499.4 and wish to register before the courses have completed, please contact PaCE Support at 805-893-4200 to bypass the prerequisite.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates



Strategic Investments Application
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