Introduction to Financial Instruments and Markets
Gain a global perspective of how equity and debt work within the global financial markets. Highlight the need for ethics in the investment industry. Count the economic factors that impact credit risk, interest rates and market efficiency.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- compare the types of equity securities that companies can use to raise equity capital, and understand how share prices are determined
- contrast the characteristics of different types of debt securities and analyse different theories of interest rate determination and the relationship with the pricing of interest rate securities
- evaluate the importance of ethics within the financial markets and investment industry
- interpret internation financial economic theories in relation to financial instruments and markets, including the effect on calculation of financial instrument prices.
- Market Organisation & Structure
- Equity Securities
- Equity Valuation
- Market Efficiency & Technical Analysis
- Ethics in the Investment Industry
- Fixed Income Essentials
- Debt Security Valuation
- Term Structure & Interest Rate Dynamics
- Interest Rate Risk
- Credit Risk
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An overview of global financial markets and the major instruments traded within those markets. The focus is on equity and debt markets. The importance of ethics within financial markets will also be discussed.
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