Financial Economics & Capital Markets - ECO00004I

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Laura Coroneo
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This is an introductory module in Finance.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To develop an understanding of the rapidly evolving and exciting theory of finance.
  • To evaluate how close the firms investment, financing and dividend decisions come to an objective of maximising shareholder wealth.
  • To familiarise with financial decision making.
  • To raise awareness of the environment in which financial decisions are made.
  • To provide training in the key issues of capital markets.
  • To understand the importance of risk management in financial markets.

Module learning outcomes

On completing the module students should be familiar with:

  • The time value of money, the notion of compound interest, the definition of the internal rate of return, the valuation of financial instruments and the perpetual growth model.
  • The four criteria that companies use to make investment decisions the net present value rule, the payback rule, the profitability index rule and the internal rate of return rule.
  • The distinct features of main financial instruments including debt, equity and financial derivatives.
  • The general principles of pricing and use of financial instruments.
  • The concepts of market efficiency, portfolio risk and diversification.
  • The characteristic line and the definitions of the equity risk premium.
  • Capital structure, taxes, default and agency problems.
  • Fundaments of option pricing.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Mid-term computer-based test
N/A 20
University - closed examination
Exam
3 hours 80

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Exam
N/A 100

Module feedback

The midterm test will contain both multiple choice questions and calculated questions. It will take place in the Spring term in a computer lab. Students will receive their marks in a week along with some feedback about common mistakes. 

Indicative reading

Berk and DeMarzo. (2011). Corporate finance. Pearson, Global Edition.



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