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2012/2013  BA-E160  Trading in Financial Markets

English Title
Trading in Financial Markets

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Group A: wednesday 8:00 - 10:45, week 36-41, 43-46
Group B: wednesday 4:25 - 17:10, week 36-41, 43-46
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 45
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Bjarne Florentsen - Department of Finance
Teacher Lars Stentoft, lps.fi@cbs.dk
Secretary Marianne Andersen - ma.fi@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Finance
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
Last updated on 13-07-2012
Learning objectives
Through a combination of lectures and a dialogue and case based approach the student is trained in application of theoretical content to analyse, reason and recommend in relation to the actual theory and cases as well as examples.

To get the grade 12 the student should at the end of the course demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of the course’ crucial themes, theories and concepts as listed below
  • Ability to choose, combine and apply these in analysis of theory/cases/examples
  • Ability to draw conclusions and recommendations based on this
This course requires that the students have obtained good results in a Financial Management course. In addition, it requires practical use of various derivative products like options and futures. Though a general introduction will be given, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have a sufficient prior knowledge of these products.
4 hour closed book exam
4 hour closed book exam:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Aids Closed Book
Duration 4 Hours
The exam is a 4 hour written closed book exam with calculator and English dictionary. No other exam aids.

The re-take exam will take place using the exact same conditions as for the ordinary exam, unless the number of students for the re-take is such that it can be held as an oral exam. The exam would then be a 20 minute oral exam without preparation time. The different exam forms for the re-takes will be uploaded to the exam plan on e-campus.
Prerequisites for attending the exam
Compulsory assignments (pass/no pass) during the course.
Course content

This course aims at introducing the student to the use of the platforms of negotiation, to the principal financial markets, and to the interactions existing between these markets and the operations in trading room. Furthermore, in the course the student is introduced to issues such as the return on a position, the various trading strategies and their objectives, and the investment decision.


A preliminary list of theories, concepts, and cases dealt with during the course includes:

Session 1: Introduction to the course and to trading in financial markets

Session 2: Valuation in general and technical analysis

Session 3: Futures and options on stock indices

Session 4: Option trading strategies

Session 5: Bond and interest rate markets

Session 6: Commodity and currency markets

Session 7: Markets in practice and intermarket analysis

Session 8: Alternative investments

Lession 9: Risks and risk management I

Lession 10: Risks and risk management II

Teaching methods
In this course regular class lectures are complemented by assignments and trading cases.

Further Information

The course is normally taught at HEC Montréal. Hence, the students must be flexible with respect to the prerequisites. Also, the course content might change if appropriate.

Expected literature

All required reading will be provided online through LEARN during the course.

Last updated on 13-07-2012