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Finance (FIN)

FIN 456 (IL) International Capital Markets (3) This course develops understanding of international capital markets by striking a balance between institutional details, theoretical foundation and practical application.

FIN 456 International Capital Markets (3)

This course extends the issues of international finance into a framework for international investing. It is designed for students aspiring to be money managers and investors operating across national boundaries.

Foreign travel enables students to contrast the micro-structure of financial markets in the United States. with those in other centers that play important roles in our global financial system.

Students are also are given an opportunity to learn about business, cultural, and political aspects of international investment. Besides class meetings on campus, students are assigned readings, videos, and research projects to be completed before the foreign experience component of the course. While abroad, students visit specific sites and attend specific lectures that will enable them to complete further course work upon their return to the United States. Topics include the case for international asset diversification, international asset pricing, international stock, fixed-income, and derivative markets, and the process of international investing. Other materials will be specific to the foreign business center visited during the course.

(The initial offering of this course included a visit to London where students toured the stock exchange and financial firms, attended lectures, and met with financial executives; this gave students exposure to a major international financial institution and the largest currency market in the world.) The travel portion requires additional costs to the student beyond tuition.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: FIN 301

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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