ECO3018 : Financial Economics
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Hugh Metcalf
- Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To develop an understanding of tasks facing participants in the bond and stock markets. To introduce students to the Efficient Markets debate. To introduce students to the practical side of financial market risk management, and to develop an understanding of competing views of financial market behaviour.
The module aims to familiarise students with the workings of the financial markets and financial decision making. It is designed to provide an understanding of investment decision making, the main financial models for valuing asset in conditions of certainty and uncertainty, and the importance of market efficiency. Asset values and rates of return will be examined together with the use of portfolios in risk diversification. The course will review the main asset pricing models and consider the problems encountered when testing them empirically. Finally the main theoretical issues that are currently outstanding in this field will be discussed.
Outline Of Syllabus
Lecture 1 - Introduction to Finance and Investment Appraisal.
Lecture 2 - Valuation and Portfolio Theory.
Lecture 3 - Asset Pricing Models.
Lecture 4 - Efficient Markets.
Lecture 5 - Bond Markets.
Lecture 6 & 7 - Options and Futures.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||32:00||32:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||2:00||14:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||25:00||25:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||25:00||25:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide an overview of the main topics.
Seminars require students to present material that focuses on selected issues from lectures.
The investment game introduces teamwork and provides insights into the practicality of portfolio management.
Problem sets reinforce lecture material, and provide students with opportunity to monitor progress.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||30||Group presentation and investment game|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The unseen examination is designed to encourage study across a broad range of topics, whereas the seminar presentation allows in-depth study of a particular area of the syllabus. The investment game and report are focussed on more practically based issues.