Course: 2024/2025

Financial Economics

(13648)

At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Compute present and future values of cash-flow streams to compute the net present values of different real and financial investments.
- Have a basic knowledge of the functioning of financial markets and of the way in which investment decisions are made.
- Understand the risk-return tradeoff. Understand how diversification affects risk.
- Have a clear understanding of the difference between systematic and diversifiable risk and know how to measure each.
- Understand how interest rates are set and the principles of valuation of fixed income securities.
- Know the basic types of derivatives and understand why and how they are used in risk management.

Skills and learning outcomes

Description of contents: programme

Topic 1 Introduction: Financial Markets
Topic 2 The necessary tools: Financial Mathematics
Topic 3 The value of an investment: Introduction to NPV
Topic 4 Fixed Income Markets
Topic 5 Characterisation of Financial Assets and Portfolios: Risk and return
Topic 6 Investment management: Portfolio Theory
Topic 7 The capital asset pricing model (CAPM)
Topic 8 Derivative products

Learning activities and methodology

Teaching methodology will be as follows:
(1) Each topic or sub topic is presented by the professor in a theory session. After the theory session the students have to study the materials, do complementary readings and work on the relevant problem sets. These problem sets and questions from the students are solved in the next practice session. The problem sets have to be solved at home prior to the practice session.
(2) The course material for each topic (slides that will be used in theory sessions and problem sets to be solved in practice sessions) is provided in advance through the intranet in Aula Global 2.
(3) At the beginning of the course there will be two practice sessions that will introduce the students to the use of excel in finance. These sessions will take place in the computer labs and the teacher will guide the students through several computer exercises.
(4) Each teacher has scheduled weekly office hours that the students can use to obtain extra help.

Assessment System

- % end-of-term-examination 60
- % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations

Basic Bibliography

- Bodie Zvi, Kane Alex, Marcus Alan. Investments, 10th edition. . McGRAW-HILL 2005..
- Brealey, Richard; Myers Stewart y Allen. Principles of Corporate Finance, 11th ed.. McGraw-Hill 2014.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.

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