Financial Institutions and Markets (N1634)
15 credits, Level 4
This module introduces the various types of financial institutions and their role in society, including banks, insurance companies, and investment managers. It then provides an overview of the major financial markets and products, and how these are related to each other and to the institutions introduced earlier. Finally, behaviour of financial institutions and ethical principles of finance are discussed. A provisional outline of lectures including one revision lecture at the end, is as follows:
- 1. Introduction, Purpose of Module; Overview of lectures, textbook, interplay with other courses, finance as an occupation, philanthropy, origins of finance.
- 2. Commercial Banks - Origins, adverse selection and moral hazard, operational risks, capital adequacy, regulation, deposit insurance, Sharia / Islamic Finance
- 3. Investment Banks; importance in markets and society, secret of high profit, divisional analysis, shadow finance, leasing
- 4. Insurance; Origins, life and health, principal-agent problem, AIG blow-up, regulations
- 5. Investment Managers; 40 Act, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital
- 6. Debt Markets; Term structure, leverage cycle, rating agencies, usury, consumer finance protection
- 7. Equity Markets; corporations, stock exchanges, capital raising
- 8. Real Estate; REITs, mortgages, securitization, boom and bust cycles, specialty finance
- 9. Securitisation
- 10. Crises and Regulation; recent financial crisis, historical perspectives, attempts at regulatory reform
- 11. Revision
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Accounting and Finance (with a professional placement year) BSc
- Accounting and Finance BSc
- Economics and Finance BSc
- Finance (with a professional placement year) BSc
- Finance BSc
- Finance and Business (with a professional placement year) BSc
- Finance and Business BSc
- Finance and Technology (FinTech) (with a professional placement year) BSc
- Finance and Technology (FinTech) BSc
- Mathematics with Finance BSc
- Mathematics with Finance MMath