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2012/2013  KAN-IBS_IB47  International Financial Markets

English Title
International Financial Markets

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Ole Risager - Department of International Economics and Management
Ole Risager
Main Category of the Course
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 08-11-2012
Learning objectives
  • The student should be able to outline what goes on in the global macro economy and in the financial markets and furthermore discuss how these developments affect businesses and government policies
  • The student should be familiar with major historic international payments systems and be able to explain how these systems affect businesses, investors and governments
  • The student should be familiar with the most fundamental theories of exchange rate behavior and be able to explain the key factors that drive exchange rates
  • The student should be able to explain how companies through the use of hedging techniques (forwards, futures, options and swaps) can manage financial risks
  • The student should be able to explain the notion of value investing and outline the strengths and weaknesses within an international context
International Macro and Financial Markets:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids Closed Book
Duration 4 Hours
Individual 4-hour written exam (no written or technical aids are allowed). Make-up/ re-exam takes place in January/February.
Course content

The course first outlines current macro and financial market trends within a historical context that enables students to get a proper perspective on the current financial crisis and the global recession. Then the course presents a menu of useful early warning signals and leading indicators that companies use in their risk management. Subsequently follows a presentation of different theories that seek to explain key developments in currency markets in particular. How multinational companies can manage these currency market movements, including upside and downside risks, is the next topic. In this context we also present and discuss various ways of hedging risks including futures, options and swap contracts.

Teaching methods
A mixture of lectures, exercises, and cases. Students are expected to participate in class discussions.
Expected literature

Moffett, Stonehill, and Eiteman (2006). Fundamentals of Multinational Finance, 2nd Edition. Addison-Wesley.
Yamarone, Richard (2004). The Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators. Bloomberg.
Risager, Ole. Investing in Value Stocks. McGraw-Hill, forthcoming November 2009.

Last updated on 08-11-2012