Financial Institutions –


(3 credits)

This course develops a conceptual framework for understanding how recent and current events affect the financial environment. Financial markets are examined with a focus on their utilization by financial institutions, the pricing of financial assets, the impact of the Federal Reserve, the internationalization of financial markets, and the impact of recent events. Financial institutions such as insurance companies, commercial banks, and investment banks are covered. The institutions are described with a focus on regulatory aspects and management use of financial markets and performance.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Financial Institutions and Markets

  • Describe the major types of financial institutions.
  • Describe the major types of financial markets.
  • Explain the roles of financial institutions within the various types of financial markets.

Federal Reserve

  • Explain the primary functions of the Federal Reserve.
  • Describe the impact of Federal Reserve policies on interest rates and the U.S. economy.
  • Evaluate how Federal Reserve policies impact financial markets and institutions.
  • Determine the reasons why banks are regulated.

Assessing and Managing Risk

  • Describe types of risks facing financial institutions.
  • Evaluate the methods used to measure financial interest risk.
  • Determine the differences between interest rates and interest income.

Institutional Investment

  • Explain how money markets work.
  • Describe how businesses, government units, and individuals participate in money markets.
  • Explain how the roles and functions of bond markets differ from those of money markets.
  • Describe the types of equity securities and how they are used by institutional investors.

Global Financial Stability

  • Identify reasons for growth of U.S. banking operations overseas.
  • Explain how the interdependence among international economies and financial markets contribute to global financial stability.
  • Evaluate the opportunities and challenges faced by financial institutions within the international financial system.

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