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Unit information: Asset Pricing in 2021/22

Unit name Asset Pricing
Unit code ECONM2035
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Stoja
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The way in which financial assets are priced is at the core of the theory of finance. This unit provides students with a rigorous foundation in modern asset pricing theory and an appreciation of the successes and shortcomings of that theory via an analysis of empirical work in the field. The unit begins with an exposition of mean-variance theory leading to a derivation of the Capital Asset Pricing model. Multi-factor models and Arbitrage Pricing Theory are considered next before students are introduced to some consumption-based asset pricing. There is then a review of empirical work evaluating these asset pricing models. The pricing of bonds and the term structure of interest rates are discussed next. Finally, students are introduced to the key features of various derivatives before the pricing of derivatives using absence of arbitrage techniques is presented. Due to the technical skills required for these topics, students should be comfortable with mathematics, statistics and econometrics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

This unit aims to give students the ability to derive and compare modern asset pricing paradigms, along with the ability to critically evaluate them via an understanding of the results of empirical work in the field. Having successfully completed this unit students should be able to:

  1. Derive and explain standard asset pricing theories including the CAPM and APT.
  2. Evaluate and compare the merits of these theories via an appreciation of empirical work in this area.
  3. Discuss the pricing of bonds and theories of the term structure of interest rates.
  4. Describe the basic features of various financial derivatives and derivatives markets.
  5. Employ simple absence of arbitrage techniques to price financial derivatives.

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

Summative assessment: Home examination: 100%. The examination will test the ability of students to critically analyse a range of issues on asset pricing as set out in ILOs 1-5. Formative assessment: One formative assignment on asset pricing overarching ILOs 1-5.


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