FINA5524 Trading and Markets

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit explores the structure and trading practices of financial markets. It examines the roles of market participants, price discovery processes and the impact of regulation and transactions costs. The unit provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the trading of financial assets.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the structure of different financial markets and how financial assets are traded; (2) explain how market structure, trading efficiency and asset pricing relate; (3) outline what motivates market participants to trade; (4) measure trading costs and evaluate strategies to minimise costs / maximise profit; and (5) appraise the role of regulations and ethics in trading.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) participation; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lee Smales (Semester 1), Kam Chan (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
for Master of Commerce students: FINA5533
or
equivalent; for Master of Applied Finance students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent)
and
FINA5632 Investments
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week which may include lectures/seminars/workshops
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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