Checking date: 23/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Financial Economics
Bachelor in Business Administration (Plan: 395 - Estudio: 204)

Coordinating teacher: SERRANO JIMENEZ, PEDRO JOSE

Department assigned to the subject: Business Administration Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- Mathematics for Economics I - Mathematics for Economics II
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
Learning activities in year 2020/2021 str based on a bimodal system: lectures will be given on an online basis, onsite teaching when it comes to the reduced groups. 1.- Theory (online)- Sessions. The instructor of the course teach the basic concepts of the topic. Classnotes are provided to the students. 2.- Solution to exercises. The student must solve the test to assess his/her degree of knowledge of the different concepts. This part comprises the individual work of the student at home. 3.- Exercises - Sessions (onsite). The instructor of these sessions solves the exercise sets provided to the students.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • José M. Marín; Gonzalo Rubio. Economía Financiera. Antoni Bosch. 2011
  • Mark Grinblatt; Sheridan Titman. Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy. McGraw-Hill Education - Europe. 2011
Additional Bibliography
  • Bodie Zvi, Kane Alex, Marcus Alan. Essentials of Investments, 6th Edition. McGraw Hill. 2005
  • Brealey R., S. C. Myers and F. Allen. Principles of Corporate Finance, 8th Edition. McGraw Hill. 2006

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