Postgraduate

NBS8203 : Retail and Investment Banking

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module enables students to gain a thorough understanding of the operation of retail and investment banks in the financial system and the economy as a whole. Attention is paid to the informational asymmetries and market frictions as well as to topics concerned with bank performance, the measurement and management of individual bank risks, the bank systemic risk, and the role of banks in the propagation of a financial crisis. The various regulatory and supervisory policies designed to prevent or to address the problems in the operation of the banking system across time are presented and discussed. Emphasis is also paid to the development of green banking through the lenses of financial sustainability.

Outline Of Syllabus

The key topics that this module covers are the following:

Financial Markets & Financial Institutions; Financial Intermediation Theories; The Role of Asymmetric Information in the Banking Sector; Bank Balance Sheet & Income Statement; Bank Performance; Individual Banking Risks; Systemic Risk; Bank Risk Management; Bank Regulation & Supervision; Securitisation & The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis; Green Banking & Sustainability.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Pre-recorded Lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PiP Lectures (could be 3 x 2 hr or 6 x 1hr)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:003 hs of whole cohort on-line sessions:1h intro,1h mid-term follow-up clinic,1h pre-assessment clinic
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures present, discuss, and analyse the key theories, concepts, tools, and techniques in Retail and Investment Banking.

Small group teaching (i.e., Seminars) illustrate the material covered in lectures and are mainly based on case studies, numerical exercises, and real-life examples to help student to acquire a more practical view of the material covered in lectures.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100Alternative mode of assessment: 24-hour exam paper
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
LBS8203Retail and Investment Banking2London equivalent module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 90 minute closed book written examination will be based on a mixture of theoretical/essay-type and numerical/practical questions that will meet the Intended Learning Aims and the Learning Outcomes of the module.

If needed (e.g., due to a deterioration of the public health situation, an alternative assessment mode (i.e., 24-hour exam paper) is proposed.

Reading Lists

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