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2021/2022  KAN-CFSMO1122U  Financial Markets & Instruments

English Title
Financial Markets & Instruments

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Søren Ulrik Plesner - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 21/12/2021

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Learning objectives
The objective of the course is to develop a deeper understanding of the role and inner workings of financial markets and financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, and derivatives. We will place particular emphasis on helping you develop a systematic way of thinking about and making investment decisions.

The aim of the course is that students after having followed the course are able to:
  • Explain the concepts, theories, models, and methods for portfolio selection, risk measurement and management, the risk-return tradeoff, and the pricing of stocks, bonds, and derivative securities as discussed during the course.
  • Discuss the theoretical and empirical validity of the central theories and models developed in the course.
  • Apply the theories and models to realistic problems.
  • Implement relevant models using Excel or similar computational tools.
  • Discuss the role of capital markets, the efficiency of capital markets, and theories about investor behavior.
Financial Markets & Instruments:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
There is no page limit and students will have 4 hours to complete the exam.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam is “open book”, i.e. the student will have access to all aids. In the assessment and grading of the hand-ins, the independence of the answers will be taken into account. In particular, the extent to which the answers are based on spreadsheets and other electronic material handed out during the course will be looked at.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The topics we will explore include the following:

  • the basics of risk and return
  • the investment process and the importance of asset allocation
  • how markets operate
  • portfolio theory and how to form optimal portfolios
  • equilibrium models of security prices
  • security price anomalies such as the size, book-to-market, and momentum effects in stock returns
  • the behavioral approach to finance and its role in understanding price anomalies
  • the role of fixed income securities in the portfolio
  • the term structure of interest rates
  • the use and valuation of derivatives

Course status
This constitutes a basic course in capital market theory and instruments and forms the basis for second semester course in risk management.

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures with exercises supplementet with a number of online modules (videos, animated PowerPoints and Excel).
Feedback during the teaching period
1) Online concept checks with built-in feedback at the beginning or end of classes using "Socrative"
2) Self-paced quiz'es with built-in feedback to correctly as well as incorrectly answered questions (Canvas) and optional teacher feedback during "office hours" or by appointment.
3) Mid-term paper with pair-wise student feedback and optional teacher feedback.
Student workload
Lectures 33 hours
Preparation for Lectures 66 hours
Exercises 18 hours
Prepartion for Exercises 45 hours
Exam 4 hours
Preparation for Exam 40 hours
Expected literature

Bodie, Kane & Marcus: Investments, Global 11th edition (International Student Edition), McGraw Hill,

ISBN - 978-1-260-08339-2


Slides, spreadsheets, videos, articles (Uploaded to Canvas).


Last updated on 21/12/2021