fis260 | undergraduate

Financial Markets & Institutions: You Can Bank On It

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This course examines the operations of financial institutions in the process of financial intermediation. It covers the roles, responsibilities, and regulatory requirements of various types of financial institutions as they connect individuals and organizations to capital markets.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    The Financial Environment and the Monetary System

    • Describe the four pillars of finance
    • Discuss characteristics and components of the financial system.
    • Discuss the relationship between money supply and economic activity.

    Finance in the Real World

    • Analyze the current financial environment.
    • Discuss career opportunities in finance.

    Return and Risk Concepts

    • Explain risk and portfolio diversification.
    • Differentiate between historical and expected rates of return.
    • Calculate arithmetic averages, variances, and standard deviations.
    • Differentiate between systematic and unsystematic risk.

    The Federal Reserve System

    • Explain the structure and functions of the Federal Reserve System.
    • Describe monetary policy functions.

    Economic Policy and the Money Supply

    • Discuss national economic policy objectives.
    • Discuss control of the money supply.

    International Trade and Finance

    • Outline the development of the international monetary system.
    • Discuss international trade.
    • Calculate currency exchange rates.

    Savings and Investment and Interest Rates

    • Evaluate reasons for budget deficits.
    • Describe what affects interest rates.
    • Discuss savings and investment processes.

    Capital Budgeting, Capital Structure and the Cost of Capital

    • Describe the capital budgeting process.
    • Explain capital budgeting techniques.
    • Evaluate the purpose of capital structure.

    Banks and Financial Institutions

    • Discuss the roles of major financial institutions.
    • Analyze functions of the banking system.
    • Discuss international banking.
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