This course covers financial institutions and financial instruments. In the first half of the course, the linkages between the financial system and the macroeconomy are studied including interest rate determination, the role of the Federal Reserve and the conduct of monetary policy. Particular attention is paid to the banking system, with an eye toward understanding the function and importance of banks. The second half of the course provides an overview of the instruments of the money market: federal funds, commercial paper, treasury bills, etc. Basic valuation and hedging techniques in short-term futures and swaps are also covered.
All Students: FINC-430-0 OR FINC-440-0
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