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BUS 5444 Financial Markets and Institutions

Course Description

Presents an analysis of financial institutions and the interrelationships among intermediaries in both money and capital markets. Considers the functions of the Federal Reserve and its effect on interest rates and financial markets. Focuses on commercial banks and other depository institutions, investment banks, and mutual funds.

Course Objectives

  • Evaluate the structure and operations of financial markets and institutions
  • Examine the role of interest rates in valuation
  • Explore how risk and term structure affect interest rates and study central banking and monetary policy
  • Review different financial markets such as money markets, bond and stock markets, and the mortgage and foreign exchange markets
  • Analyze financial regulations and risk management

Week 1

Lecture: Course Introduction
Lecture: The Financial Markets

Week 2

Lecture: Term Structure of International Rates

Week 3

Lecture: Efficient Market Hypothesis

Week 4

Lecture: The Federal Reserve System

Week 5

Lecture: Money Markets

Week 6

Lecture: Foreign Exchange and International Fund Finance

Week 7

Lecture: Regulation in Financial Markets
Lecture: Project Report Information

Week 8

History and Structure of Fee Banking Industry

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course. October 2013