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Unit information: Financial Markets and Investments in 2021/22

Unit name Financial Markets and Investments
Unit code EFIMM0110
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ho
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to provide students with knowledge of financial market instruments, trading strategies and contemporary issues in investment management and financial markets. The unit begins with an introduction of financial markets and instruments such as equities, bonds, and derivatives, and discusses the trading strategies employing these financial instruments. Students will also study about financial analysts, funds managers, and foreign exchange market. Finally, students will review and discuss contemporary issues in financial markets.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to explain and apply the pricing principles and trading strategies for financial instruments such as equities, bonds, and financial derivatives;

2. Students will be able to discuss issues related to the efficient market hypothesis, behavioural finance and contemporary issues on financial markets and investments

3. Students will be able to explain and apply the principles of portfolio theory in investment management

4. Students will be able to discuss and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of popular asset pricing models, such as CAPM and APT models.

5. Students will be able to analyse and solve financial problems in the context of uncertainty, such as making personal finance decision, building investment portfolios and making investment recommendations.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by 100% exam


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How much time the unit requires
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