FM7104: Investment Instruments


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FM7104: Investment Instruments

Module Title Investment Instruments
Module Code FM7104
Module Tutor Bob Ryan
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The module engages with the literature and professional practices on fixed income, equity instruments and alternative investments. It covers the theoretical underpinnings and mechanics of the need for, the creation, analysis and valuation of investments by market participants.

Indicative Syllabus

1.    Term structure and yield spreads

2.    Fixed income markets

3.    Securitization

4.    Fixed income valuation and return analysis

5.    Fundamental analysis

6.    Real estates

7.    Hedge funds

8.    Private equity/venture capital

9.    Commodities

Inactively traded securities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the technical language and practices related to investment management.
  2. Undertake sophisticated financial analysis with regard securities including fixed income, equity and alternative investments and present the information in an appropriate format.
  3. Evaluate, synthesise and apply the contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning investment securities.
  4. Critically assess the usefulness of securities to market participants.
  5. Identify and assess the potential impact of emerging issues in finance and investment management.

Apply appropriate communication and numerical skills, including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information, together with analysis, argument and commentary, in form which will be understood by its intended audience.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 60% Written Exam: End of module, unseen, closed book: 3.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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