Course syllabus FTA - Financial Markets (FBE - SS 2013/2014)

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Course code: FTA
Course title in language of instruction: Financial Markets
Course title in Czech: Financial Markets
Course title in English: Financial Markets
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2013/2014
Name of lecturer: Ing. Mgr. Radim Gottwald (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Ing. Zlata Kovtun, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Ing. Martin Širůček, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Prerequisites: not Final Bachelor Exam
Aims of the course:
After graduating the course students will obtain a basic knowledge of the principles of functioning of financial markets in economical system. Students will obtain knowledge of the financial institutions operating in the financial markets, financial instruments and products, and financial analysis. They will also be able to apply basic investment decisions and also use financial instruments and tools in life situations and in professional practice. Students will obtain knowledge of financial mathematics and will be able to use its tools in their investment decision-making and in the use of financial products.
Course contents:
1.Introduction into Theory of Financial Market (allowance 3/0)
a.Relationship of economic system and financial system -- Importance and functions of financial market
b.Financial and real investments, direct and indirect financing
c.Systematization of financial market
d.Systematization of securities market
e.Factors of financial marktes integration

2.Financial Institutions -- Functions and Importance (allowance 6/0)
a.Banking system, banking institutions
b.Insurance companies
c.Institutions of collective investing
d.Others institutions of financial market

3.Interest Rates (allowance 2/0)
a.Functions of interest rates in financial and economic system
b.Theories of interest rates
c.Relationships among basic types of interest rates

4.Actual Trends of World Financial System (allowance 3/0)
5.Basic Theories of Financial Investments (allowance 4/0)
a.Investments: types, basic characteristic
b.Supply and demand on markets of financial investment instruments
c.Basic factors of investment strategy (viewpoint of investor)

6.Financial instruments and their analysis (allowance 10/0)
a.Classical securities (stocks, bonds)
b.Securities of collective investing
c.Financial derivatives
d.Structured products

7.Financial Mathematics (allowance 0/28)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to make decisions
-Basic computing skills
-Capacity to adapt to new situations

Specific competences:
- Knowledge in function of financial markets and in their meaning for economics.
-Ability to basic using of financial products and financial instruments in practice and in life needs
-Ability to creation of basic investment analysis
-Knowledge in function of financial markets and in their meaning for economics.
-Knowledge of basic securities and their features
-Knowledge of financial products and financial institutions
-Understanding of influence of financial market on economic system

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice28 h
     preparation for exam52 h
     preparation for regular assessment30 h
     preparation for regular testing30 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
Exam: The final written test about Financial Mathematics and Theory of Financial marktes is a condition for oral exam. This test is written part of exam together; the second part is a verbal examination. Minimum for written part of exam is 60 % of total points (40 % form each part).
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQMISHKIN, F S. -- EAKINS, S G.Financial markets and institutionsBostonPearson Prentice Hall978-0-321-55211-2
RQBLACKWELL, D W. -- GRIFFITHS, M D. -- WINTERS, D B.Modern financial markets: prices, yields, and risk analysisHoboken, N.J.Wiley0-470-00010-4
RQSTEINER, B.Mastering financial calculations: a step-by-step guide to the mathematics of financial market instrumentsHarlow, EnglandFinancial Times Prentice Hall2007978-0-273-70444-7


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