4106648: Financial Services

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Semester:SS 16
Scheduled in semester:4
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:37.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)


  • Money and its role in the economy
  • Financial markets, instruments, and market makers
  • Interest rates (incl. term structure) and bond prices
  • Debt markets
  • Stock markets
  • Securities firms, mutual funds, and financial conglomerates
  • Exchange rates
  • Derivatives
  • The international financial system


    • Know the relevance of efficient financial markets and financial intermediaries for economic welfare.
    • Understand models that address the role of direct and indirect finance and their implications for economic welfare.
    • Are aware of the characteristics of direct and indirect finance.
    • Understand the structure of the banking industry and fundamentals of bank management.
    • Know and analyse characteristics of different financial asset classes.
    • Understand the relationship between risk and return of financial assets.
    • Know relevant concepts of asset allocation and modern portfolio theory.
    • Gain basic knowledge about the role of wealth management and private banking in comparison to the traditional banking business.
    • Characterize and define the private wealth management process.
    • Are aware of typical goals, constraints and other characteristics of clients in the private banking business.
    • Assess clients' ability to take risk and compare it with their willingness to take risk.
    • Combine concepts of financial intermediation and investment theory in a comprehensive wealth management process.
    • Are aware of sources of information regarding financial markets, financial institutions, financial assets as well as clients.
    • Understand the implementation of financial models for analysing financial markets, institutions and clients.
    • Apply fundamental concepts such as investment and portfolio theory in a complex wealth management process.
    • Review a portfolio or asset allocation particularly with regard to the risk/return characteristics of the underlying assets and the goals/constraints of customers.
    • Develop abilities to analyse the needs and constraints of clients in the private banking business and assess the suitability of different products.
    • Interpret arguments and facts during presentations of the lecturer and fellow students and react with critical questions.
    • Improve communication skills by debating their point of view in discussions during the lecture.
    • Develop enthusiasm and the willingness to learn new things independently.
    • Develop a critical and evaluative mind regarding developments in banking and financial markets

Lectures Method

Interactive lecture


Burton, M., and B. Brown (2009). The Financial System and the Economy – Principles of Money and Banking. M.E. Sharpe, Inc., New York.

Slides will be made available via moodle.

Students are advised to read the relevant material (see the schedule on moodle) prior to the respective sessions in order to utilize the time in class in an optimal manner.

Exam Modalities

  • written examination


22.02.201608:15 - 09:45H2
29.02.201608:15 - 09:45H2
07.03.201608:15 - 09:45H2
14.03.201608:15 - 09:45H2
21.03.201608:15 - 09:45H2
04.04.201608:15 - 09:45H2
11.04.201608:15 - 09:45H2
18.04.201608:15 - 09:45H2
25.04.201608:15 - 09:45H2
02.05.201608:15 - 09:45H2
09.05.201608:15 - 09:45H2
23.05.201608:15 - 09:45H2
30.05.201608:15 - 09:45H2


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