Teaching plan for the course unit



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On 3 April 2020 and in agreement with the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge and the rectors of the other Catalan universities, the Rector of the Universitat de Barcelona decided to suspend all second-semester face-to-face teaching activities until the end of the academic year. For this reason, our university's teaching staff may need to make certain changes to the course plans of the subjects they teach, so that they can teach subjects online. When and where such changes are made, they will be explained in a new appendix attached to the end of the original course plan.

General information


Course unit name: Global Financial Markets

Course unit code: 573226

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Ana Maria Lauroba Perez

Department: Faculty of Economics and Business

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Lecture with practical component





-  Group tutorial





-  Problem-solving class





-  Practical exercises





-  Student presentation and discussion




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


Basic and general competences

CG1. Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).

CB6. Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

CB7. Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

CB8. Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments.

CB9. Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgments and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

CB10. Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.

Specific competences

CE1. Capacity to apply the main concepts and management tools to resolve advanced problems and business situations related to the strategic, financial, commercial, operational and logistics management of international companies.

CE2. Capacity to adopt a strategic, integrated approach to business problems and ability to address them effectively at an international level.

CE3. Capacity to analyse and interpret the economic and financial information generated by an international company in order to make well-considered decisions.

CE4. Capacity to plan and direct the financial and accounting organization of an international company or global group of companies, to ensure solvency and profitability.

CE9. Capacity to examine the options, potential and opportunities presented by different regions in the global economy and to identify the specific features of the various markets and societies involved, with a view to improving effectiveness and complying with demands on professional responsibility.

CE10. Capacity to acquire an advanced level of competence in the writing of scientific documents, specialized reports and research papers in which value judgements are formulated, complying with standard criteria for publication or for presentation to potential stakeholders or other interested parties at the global level.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— This subject introduces students to real international financial markets, international financial institutions, the foreign exchange market and operations with financial assets in an international context.

— Students study the opportunities and inherent risk exposures from participating in different financial markets. They analyse the main risk exposures in business operations: currency risk, interest rate risk and credit risk exposures. To do so, students learn the current state of the forex market, the use of derivative instruments to hedge risk, the use of central clearing houses to improve the efficiency of OTC markets, as well as a bird’s-eye description of money markets.



Teaching blocks


1. The forex market

1.1. The determination of exchange rates in equilibrium

1.2. Exchange rate regimes

1.3. Forward contracts

1.4. The law of one price and arbitrage conditions

2. Derivative contracts

2.1. Futures

2.2. Options

2.3. Swaps: interest rates and credit derivative instruments (CDS)

3. Clearing houses and credit risk mutualisation

4. Money markets



Teaching methods and general organization


— Lectures are based on the presentation and discussion of the topics in class. Practical exercises are provided for many topics, whereas for others the explanation is based on the discussion of academic papers and case studies. The lecturer encourages active participation in class.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


— Continuous assessment is based on the following parts:

1) Mid-term exam (multiple-choice test) (30%)

2) Selection, analysis and presentation of a topic or case study (30%)

3) Final exam (40%)

Students who fail this part (i.e. those with an average grade lower than 5 for parts 1-3) are entitled to repeat assessment. This exam assesses all the topics in the syllabus.


Examination-based assessment

— Single assessment consists of a final exam on all the topics covered during the course. This exam contains comprehensive, open-answer questions and multiple-choice questions. 

Students who obtain a grade lower than 5 are entitled to repeat assessment. This exam has the same structure as the final exam.



Reading and study resources

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The course will use class materials such as handouts, case studies, and academic readings.

The basic textbooks to follow this course are:

1) Chance, D. (2003). “Analysis of Derivatives for the CFA Program”. AIMR. 
(This book is the classical reference for applications of derivatives for preparation for the CFA exams)

2) Hull, J. (2017) “Options, Futures and other Derivatives” Prentice Hall, 10th edition.

For the final block of money markets, the basic reference will be:

3) Greenbaum, S. I., Thakor, A. V., & Boot, A. (Eds.). (2015). Contemporary financial intermediation. Academic Press.

In addition, some topics will be based on academic papers and policy reports that the professor will distribute with prudential time and the students should read beforehand.





Given the suspension of 2nd semester face-to-face activities of the academic year 2019/20 due to COVID-19 and given the need to adapt the methodology and evaluation methods to the new scenario, these addenda modify the following sections of the original teaching plan.

This subject was not affected by this suspension as the lessons and examination were finished before March 13th 2020.