Financial Markets and Institutions

Module code: ACFI 5040

Module description

An integral part of a well-functioning economy is the establishment and smooth operation of a developed financial system. This system consisting of markets, institutions, individuals and the relevant governing bodies allows the circulation of money within the economy by assisting on the flow of capital from the economic surplus unit to the ones that need money to operate (deficit units). The objective of this module is to introduce students to the complex area of financial intermediation and especially that of financial markets.

The key areas of the syllabus examined are that of the role and functioning of the domestic and global financial system, the role of the non-deposit financial institutions such as investment trusts, unit trusts, the insurance industry and pension funds; as well as introduces students to the role and functioning of the markets within which the financial institutions/intermediaries operate, such as the money market, the bond market, the Eurocurrency markets, the equity market and the markets for derivative instruments. Finally, the module concludes with the examination of prior global and domestic financial crises.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 33 hours


  • Individual assignment: 50%
  • Group work: 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books