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Financial markets and institutions

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The role of financial markets and their impact on the world economy has increased in recent years. This course gives you an introduction to financial markets by presenting the major securities markets, derivatives markets, and the foreign exchange markets. It also briefly introduces you to the different types of financial institutions participating in these markets and the many risks they are exposed to.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the students will have gained knowledge of:
  • The purpose and major features of different securities markets
  • Trading in financial markets
  • The various risks facing investors and financial institutions
  • How to manage risk with options, futures and forward contracts
  • How financial markets work and how they are connected
  • How risks in domestic and international financial markets are related

By the end of the course, the students will be able to
  • Calculate accrued interest and yield to maturity of a bond
  • Calculate profit and loss on foreign exchange positions and futures contracts
  • Identify the relations among interest rates, inflation, and exchange rates


The course will focus on the following topics:
  • The money market
  • The bond market
  • The stock market
  • The foreign exchange market
  • Financial institutions
  • Trading in financial markets
  • The risks facing financial institutions

The course consists of two weeks of lectures and about five problem sets handed out during the semester.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Students will benefit from having completed introductory courses in investments, finance and mathematics.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.1)
1) approved calculator

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Katarina Lucivjanska
Course coordinator
Siri Valseth

Method of work

There will be two weeks with lectures, about 6 hours per day for 5 days each week. In addition, there will be 3-5 problem sets. There will be seminars after the problem sets are due to discuss questions related to the problem sets.
The total work load in this course is estimated to 250-300 hours.

Open to

Business Administration - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Business Administration - Master of Science (5 years)

Course assessment

Students will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course first in an early dialogue, and then in a written course evaluation at the end of the course.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020