Checking date: 12/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Financial Economics
Study: Master in Business and Finance (69)

Coordinating teacher: MARIN VIGUERAS, JOSE MARIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Business Administration

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 5.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Students are assumed to have an intermediate background in: - Statistics, Probability and Econometrics - Calculus - Economics
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
This is the first finance course in the Ms in Business and Finance. Students will acquire broad knowledge of: - Asset pricing (CAPM, CCAPM, Derivatives pricing, etc.) - Portfolio Management - Corporate finance Furthermore, students will the basic fundamentals of research in finance and the two main approaches in finance: - The equilibrium approach - The absence of arbitrage approach
Description of contents: programme
Ch. 1. Historical and Institutional background (No part of the exam) *Allen and Gale (94), chs. 1,2 De la Vega (1688) Ch. 2. A Basic Framework - Individuals consumption and investment decisions - Rules for managers of corporations - Perfect, complete and efficient markets - Extension 1: many dates - Extension 2: uncertainty - Application: the dangers of shortermism and longtermism in corporate policy. Ref.: Brealey, Myers and Allen, chs. 1-6 Copeland and Weston, 1,2 *Fried, Jesse, "The Uneasy Case for Favouring Long-Term Shareholders", 2013. Ch. 3. Rationality and Walrasian Equilibrium (No part of the exam) - The axioms of rationality - Utility functions - Agents¿ decision problem - Static pure exchange economy - Why studying the Walrasian equilibrium Ref.: Marín and Rubio, 16. Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green, 1995. Ch. 4. Financial Equilibrium: Existence, Efficiency and Valuation - A simple model of equilibrium in capital markets: certainty - Extension to many periods - The financial equilibrium in economies with uncertainty - Economies with a full set of Arrow securities - General economy with complex securities Ref.: Huang and Litzenberger, LeRoy and Werner, 1. Marín and Rubio, 17. Ch. 5. Behavior under Uncertainty - Expected utility - Risk aversion - The portfolio choice problem - Comparative statics results - Useful utility functions - Mean-variance analysis - Asset pricing with expected utility: CCAPM and CAPM Ref.: Brealey and Myers, 7,8 Copeland and Weston, 6,7 Huang and Litzenberger, 3,4 LeRoy and Werner, 8-10. Marín and Rubio, 18 Ch. 6. Asset Pricing in Equilibrium: CAPM - Diversification and the measurement of risk - The CAPM - The role of the assumptions of the CAPM - Asset Management: Conflict of Interests - Hedge Funds Ref.: LeRoy and Werner, 8-10. Marin and Rubio, 19. Huang and Litzenberger, 3,4 *Cukurova and Marín, "Darwinian Selection in the Hedge Fund Industry", 2015. *Golez and Marín, "Price Support by Bank-Affiliated Mutual Funds", 2015. Ch. 7. Market Efficiency - The Market Efficiency Hypothesis (MEH) - The Grossman-Stiglitz paradox - The joint test of market efficiency - New developments on the MEH Ref.: Brealey, Myers and Allen, 13 Huang and Litzenberger, Copeland and Weston, 10, 11 *Grossman, S.J., Stiglitz, J. "On the Impossibility of Informationally Efficient Markets" *Karapandza and Marín, "The Rate of Market Efficiency", 2015. Ch. 8. Options - Concepts and institutional background - Pricing: binomial distribution - Pricing: the Black and Scholes option pricing formula - General Theory of Pricing in the Absence of Arbitrage. Ref.: Kolb. Hull. Ch. 9. Corporate finance (if time allows) - Capital structure - Dividends - Mergers and acquisitions - IPO's
Learning activities and methodology
The course combines theory and practice classes. There is a weekly problem set which is solved in the practice sessions. Students are also required to go over the academic papers in the literature which are used as leading examples of keys issues covered in class.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 80
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 20

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.