This course develops a conceptual framework for understanding how recent and current events affect the financial environment. Financial markets are examined with a focus on their utilization by financial institutions, the pricing of financial assets, the impact of the Federal Reserve, the internationalization of financial markets, and the impact of recent events. Financial institutions such as insurance companies, commercial banks, and investment banks are covered. The institutions are described with a focus on regulatory aspects and management use of financial markets and performance.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Financial Institutions and Markets
- Describe the major types of financial institutions.
- Describe how interest rates are determined.
- Explain how interest rates are structured.
- Explain the primary functions of the Federal Reserve.
- Describe the impact of Federal Reserve policies on interest rates and the U.S. economy.
- Evaluate how Federal Reserve policies impact financial markets and institutions.
- Describe how the money market operates.
- Describe types of risks associated with bonds.
- Describe how mortgages are created and managed.
Equity and Derivative Markets
- Explain how stocks are managed and used.
- Describe how the financial futures market operates.
- Explain how the roles and functions of bond markets differ from those of money markets.
- Identify reasons for growth of U.S. banking operations overseas.
- Explain how commercial banks manage risk.
- Describe in detail the framework for valuing a commercial bank.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
FIN/370 or FIN/370T – Finance for Business or equivalent
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