37300 - Financial Markets and Institutions

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to understand and apply the main financial principles and concepts: they will understand why and how financial intermediation exists, how the basics of mathematical finance should be applied in the evaluation of financing contracts and financial instruments; how to invest in a portfolio, taking into account both expected returns and risks; how the monetary policy is related to what they learn in this course and how to interpret the current issues on financial markets.

Course contents

It's a typical financial markets, instruments and intermediaries course, addressing the following main topics:

  • principles of finance
  • financial equivalence
  • banking services
  • mortgage evaluations and amortization
  • principles of valuation
  • basic financial instruments and their pricings
  • uncertainty and risk measures
  • risk and return relation in financial markets
  • capital asset pricing model
  • investment portfolios and performances



Principles of Finance with Excel - 2nd or 3rd Edition (Oxford University Press)

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Teaching methods

Theory and practice (with excel) are continuously alternated during classes.

Assessment methods

The final Exam will be in the Lab, on an Excel file, in which the students will find both exercises and theoretical questions.

During the pandemic emergency the exam may be online on the Zoom platform.

Teaching tools

Excel in the Lab and Powerpoint presentations.

Office hours

See the website of Fabrizio Palmucci