An introduction to the nature and function of financial markets and institutions. The emphasis of this subject is on understanding how markets work, how instruments are priced and how they are traded. The evolution of financial institutions both in Australia and internationally, their roles and response to regulations and deregulation are also explored.
|Academic unit:||Bond Business School|
|Subject title:||Capital Markets|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Describe the key concepts and theorems of capital markets, institutions and securities including equity, fixed income securities and derivative products.
- Apply advanced knowledge of financial markets and securities to critically analyse risk management and performance in financial institutions.
- Apply the techniques covered in this subject including value at risk and optimal hedging strategies with derivative products to conduct risk analysis in the global financial markets to the benefit of relevant stakeholders.
- Produce a clear and concise written report that provides clear analysis and recommendations regarding an advanced issue of risk management in a financial institution.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a team to produce a professional report regarding an advanced issue of risk management in a financial institution.
|Written Report §||Risk management report||30%||Week 12||2, 3, 4, 5.|
|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)||Comprehensive final examination||40%||Final Examination Period||1, 2, 3.|
|Computer-Aided Examination (Open)||Mid-semester Examination||30%||Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period)||1, 2.|
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|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Additional subject information
A peer evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected. This subject will make use of the R programming language, which is fully open-source. RStudio is the recommended front-end and is also freely available.
This topic provides an introduction to the elements and functions of a financial system, the flow of funds and the main classes of financial instruments transacted. In this topic we also consider the role of money and the impact of the evolving cryptocurrency space.
This topic outlines the theory of the financial intermediary and explains its role within the financial system. We also provide an introduction to the types of risks faced by these institutions.
This topic considers the role of interest rates and their determination. Models incorporating the maturity and risk structure of these instruments are presented and discussed.
This topic examines a range of short-term markets. This topic also considers the operation and inter-relationship between various short-term debt markets.
This topic extends the discussion on debt instruments to consider the longer-term debt facilities accessible to institutions. Our discussion will extend to such issues as securitisation and will consider the risk of long-term debt securities.
Examines the operation of equity markets, how stock exchanges are regulated and how these changes impact market efficiency. This topic also considers the inter-relationships that exist between equity markets.
In this topic the risks identified in earlier topics are re-evaluated to develop an approach for managing these risks using the Value at Risk framework. Consideration is given to the impact of these strategies on relevant stakeholders as well as to the concept of volatility in financial markets and its estimation.
This topic follows on from the risk evaluation material in topic 7 to consider the internal risk management techniques available to the institution. The impact of modelling and forecasting on our hedging approach is also evaluated.
This topic considers the use of external financial markets to manage the risk of the institution. In this topic we focus on futures and forwards and also provide an introduction to the nature and trading of these instruments.
This topic builds on the earlier derivative material to consider the trading of options and swap contracts. Their application is considered in the context of the risk management policy of the financial institution.