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FIN101 Financial Markets and Economic Principles

This core subject provides students with an overview of Australian financial markets and an understanding of the influence of economic developments on these markets. It focuses on issues of current relevance and develops the ability to analyse current economic and market events.

This subject is a core subject.

For more information, please refer to the subject outline.

  • Learning outcomes
    • At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

      1. Explain the interrelationships of the major domestic and global market sectors.
      2. Explain the role of intermediaries in financial markets.
      3. Assess the changes and impact of key economic and financial indicators on the Australian financial markets.
      4. Assess the changes and impact of government and monetary policy on the Australian financial markets.
      5. Compare how the different asset classes are used and traded.
      6. Explain financial products and the drivers in their development and packaging.
      7. Analyse current issues driving domestic and global financial markets in a given scenario.
  • Subject content
    • Topic Title
      Topic 1 Overview of global financial markets and participants
      Topic 2 Economic Principles
      Topic 3 Economic Management
      Topic 4 Forces that drive financial markets
      Topic 5 Asset classes
      Topic 6 The role of equity in financial markets
      Topic 7 Foreign exchange and commodity markets
      Topic 8 The derivatives market
      Topic 9 Managed investments and financial products

  • Assessment
    • Assessment Type Assessed Weighting
      Analysis Task 1 Week 4 10%
      Analysis Task 2 Week 5 10%
      Assignment Week 7* 40%
      Examination Week 12 40%

      Click here for an assessment timetable.

      *For Study Period 6 2016 the Assignment will be due at the end of Week 6. This is due to the Christmas period closure.

  • Prerequisites
    • There are no prerequisites for this subject.

  • Assumed knowledge
    • A general knowledge of macro-economics at first-year university level is assumed knowledge for this subject.

  • Course transition subject equivalence
    • Students who transition from a SIA/Finsia/Kaplan course and have completed the following subject within the course completion time frame may not also complete the subject:

      • FIN111 Financial Markets and Economic Principles
      • C1 Financial Markets and Economics.
  • Reading list
    • Prescribed Text

      • Viney, C 2015, Financial institutions, instruments and markets, 8th edn, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde. ISBN 9781743079959.

      Retailers of educational books include Co-op Bookshop and Boffins Bookshop. Texts can also be borrowed from the Kaplan library or other libraries. Details of required and further reading are provided in the subject room.  Purchase of any text other than a prescribed text is not required.