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Finansų rinkos ir institucijos (FIN105)

Course description

This course is designed to provide a unified framework for understanding financial markets, institutions and instruments. It focuses on several topics, including the structure and regulation of various markets in financial instruments, operation of banks and non-bank financial institutions, central bank operations and their effect on financial institutions, risks faced by the managers of financial institutions and the methods, markets and instruments for managing these risks. On completion of the course, the students will be familiar with notions and concepts specific to the markets in financial instruments, both securities and derivatives, and will be able to identify and use the financial instruments specific to various transactions carried out on financial markets.

Course Aim

This course aims to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of financial markets: structure, participants, operations and instruments, and associated theoretical and empirical issues.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the role and the functions of financial markets, institutions and instruments in a market economy.
  • Describe the methods of issuing stocks in primary markets and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Describe the process of trading stocks in secondary markets.
  • Differentiate among various types of financial assets and financial products, explain the specifics of their markets, and apply basic valuation methods in practice.
  • Describe the theoretical determinants of the level and term structure of interest rates
  • Analyze the types and roles of monetary and non-bank financial institutions
  • Explain the reasons for changing values of financial products, their impact and consequences.
  • Work in teams, present work results both in writing and orally, and substantiate decisions taken.
  • Critically evaluate the recent financial news articles and relevant research in financial markets.
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