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Module Title LH Advanced Financial Markets and Institutions
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Economics
Module Code 07 33106
Module Lead Frank Strobel
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-40 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module first examines economic theories of financial market behaviour and discusses their empirical relevance. The topics may include the micro-foundations of financial economics; portfolio investment decisions, e.g. the Mean-Variance model and Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM); more complex pricing models, such as the consumption-based CAPM and Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT).

The module then deals with the theoretical foundations of why banks exist and how they operate, and of why and how banks are regulated. The topics may include the theory of financial intermediation, securitization and other lending techniques, deposit contracts and insurance, bank regulation and supervision; particular attention is paid to recent global developments in banking and bank regulation.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the microeconomic basis of financial economics;
  • analyse the behaviour of asset markets and prices using theoretical models and critically evaluate their empirical implementation;
  • explain the theoretical foundations of financial intermediation and critically evaluate the current regulatory framework faced by banks.
Assessment 33106-01 : Coursework 1 : Coursework (25%)
33106-02 : Coursework 2 : Coursework (25%)
33106-03 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2x assignments (25% each),
2-hour final exam (50%)
Other Birmingham-based version of Dubai module 32054
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