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Course Details in 2020/21 Session

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Module Title LM Trading Techniques
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 15980
Module Lead Piers Curran
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions MSc Investment Students only

This module is a detailed introduction to global macro fundamental analysis, advanced technical analysis, risk management, behavioural finance, modern day monetary policy and asset class correlations. This is a very practical module where students will be taken through key theoretical concepts used by today’s traders and investors. Practical application of these theoretical concepts will then be carried out in trading tutorials where students will manage their own professional trading system allowing them to analyse, trade and manage positions in real-time market movement.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • trade, and demonstrate a critical understanding of, multiple asset classes across the financial system;
  • interpret a variety of information from different sources and evaluate systematically the potential impact of the information on asset classes such as equities, bonds, currencies and commodities;
  • construct trading/investment strategies using both fundamental analysis and technical analysis approaches;
  • demonstrate a critical ability to manage risk within a market environment that is both volatile and uncertain;
  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how behavioural finance factors influence assert process and have a keen understanding of how emotional factors can impact investment decision making;
  • operate a professional trading system that involves implementing technical analysis techniques across asset classes, execute trading strategies and manage your order book and risk;
  • critically analyse current global macro factors affecting today’s financial markets.
Assessment 15980-01 : Class Test : Class Test (20%)
15980-02 : Group Assignment : Group Assessment - Coursework (20%)
15980-03 : Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment: Continuous assessment (20%), Group report 3,000 words (30%) & 1 hour exam (50%).
Re-assessment: MCQ (20%), 750 word indivdual assignment (30%) & 1 hour exam (50%). Students only resit the failed component
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