This course covers essential elements of Asia-Pacific Financial markets, including countries like China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and others. Areas of interest include interactions of institutions and finance, corporate governance, sovereign risk, financial crises, valuation issues, methods of funds raisings & global portfolio management. This course aims to increase students’ understanding of investing in emerging markets and how to modify techniques of financial analysis developed for advanced economies and apply them to emerging markets.
This course provides students with the key financial planning knowledge and skills. From a financial planning practice perspective, we address the important compliance and legal issues and skills required to practice as a financial planner. This entails having a clear understanding of the client’s situation, conducting needs analysis, identifying goals and objectives, understanding research, formulating appropriate financial planning strategies, choosing appropriate tools to execute the formulated strategy, preparing a compliant Statement of Advice (SoA), implementation of the advice and providing ongoing service and reviews to the client. The course is one of the key requirements for attaining ASIC RG146 Compliance.
A second level finance subject that delves into the investment and financial issues arising from personal wealth management activities. This course examines deeply into how to set financial plans, portfolio management, investment strategies, insurance, superannuation, tax and estate planning. It allows the students to understand how to make decisions for superannuation specifically as a trustee as well as looking into the regulatory framework.
This course takes a broad view of on the operations and establishment of organisations. It is concerned with ‘how corporations are managed’. It emphasises regulatory and formal arrangements such as auditors and the appointment of directors. The course explores literature on corporate governance in conjunction with current governance arrangements for firms. Students will also analyse how participants in the stock market value firms with different corporate governance structures.
This course covers interest rate risk and risk management techniques. There is an emphasis on problem solving, yet the course covers theory as well as practical applications. The course introduces students to many interest rate products and identifies both how to price them and when to use them in hedging strategies. The topics covered in the course include the interaction between interest rate risk and credit risk, duration measures, term structure dynamics and numerical and analytical techniques.
This subject forms part of the derivatives sub branch and acts as an introduction into derivative markets. This course is designed with a fundamental focus on the major areas of exchange traded options, futures contracts and fundamental pricing principles and hedging techniques in derivative markets. Furthermore, through undertaking this course students will learn the following topics of contract valuations and payoffs, arbitrage opportunities, risk management strategies, currency swap valuations and various methods for evaluating options.
The main aim of this course is to give students an understanding and current knowledge of international banking. It allows students to understand the operating environments of international banking institutions, more specifically, how to best manage the environment to create sustained value for shareholders. Basel Capital Accords provide the regulatory framework for banks that are active in the international markets and reference is made to this throughout the course. Topics covered in this course include examining the role of international banks in international investment and trade, project financing and managing cross border risks.
The unifying theme in this course is the application of modern finance theory to the financial decision making and management of financial institutions of commercial banks. The subject of decision-making in financial institutions is approached from a risk perspective. The course covers the major decision areas for financial institution management within the framework of a regulatory and “corporate responsible” environment. The main topics covered are various financial risks and their management including interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, foreign exchange risk and market risk within an international context.
A third level elective finance course with a main focus on financial securities portfolio construction and management. It is highly recommended for students interested in financial modelling, investment management, banking and securities trading. As such, topics revolve around security analysis, alternative investments (and their risks and rewards) and a major focus on alternative hedge fund strategies.
This Course is a Finance Core
This core finance subject introduces students into investment theories, including application of the Markowitz portfolio theory, SIM and Factor models and CAPM. Accordingly, students will learn to design and manage portfolios, price bonds and stock options and evaluate investment performance. The skills gained from this course are fundamental in the industries of investment management and wealth management.