FIN 3524 International Financial Management

FIN 3524 International Financial Management

Course code: 
FIN 3524
Department: 
Finance
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Espen Henriksen
Course name in Norwegian: 
International Financial Management
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor of Finance - Programme Courses
Semester: 
2018 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Bachelor
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

The globalization of world markets over the last couple of decades has greatly increased international trade and capital flows. Few modern industries have been left unaffected by these changes, and understanding the risks firms face when conducting business across international borders has become a key component of a modern business education. Managers responsible for operations in several countries must understand the impact on a firm’s cash flows from changes in exchange rates as well as from differences in interest rates and the prices of goods across these locations.

This course will discuss the economic forces behind exchange rate fluctuations, and the theoretical parity relationships that link exchange rates with interest rates and inflation rates in different countries. We will also discuss the extent to which these relationships hold in practice, and the financial instruments that are available to manage the risks involved in international operations. For both businesses and investors, access to international markets comes with opportunities in addition to risk, and the course will examine the benefits of increased diversification internationally. Finally, globalization has lead to increased integration in the world economy for developing countries. These countries tend to have less developed financial and political systems, and we end the course by considering the risks involved in operating and investing in such locations.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Students will acquire a good understanding of how to evaluate and manage the risks involved in conducting business in international markets. Specifically, the students will develop their understanding of the following topics:

  • The management of exchange rate risk through the forward foreign exchange market.
  • The balance of payments and the economic forces that cause exchange rates to fluctuate.
  • The relationships between exchange rates and nominal interest rates.
  • The link between exchange rates and the prices of goods across countries – in theory and in practice.
  • The risks and benefits of investing in international capital markets.
  • Political and country risk and their influence on international capital budgeting.
Learning outcomes - Skills

During the acquisition of the above mentioned knowledge the students will acquire the following skills:

  • Assessing the uncertainty about future exchange rate changes.
  • Calculating parity-derived relationships between interest rates and exchange rates.
  • Assessing the risk premium associated with investments in the forward market.
  • Calculating baseline exchange rate forecasts based on purchasing power parity.
  • Calculating required rates of return for international investments based on the world Capital Asset Pricing Model.
  • Incorporating political and country risk in capital budgeting decisions.
Learning Outcome - Reflection

Upon completion of the course students should appreciate the risks involved in conducting business and investing in international markets. The theoretical and practical knowledge provided should enable students to assess these risks and to understand the financial instruments that are available to manage them. Students should also appreciate the benefits of increased diversification that international markets provide.

Course content
  1. International Economics and Finance
  2. The Forward Foreign Exchange Market
  3. The Balance of Payments
  4. Interest Rate Parity
  5. Exchange Rate Risk and Exposure
  6. Real Exchange Rates
  7. Investing in International Capital Markets
  8. Political and Country Specific Risk
Learning process and requirements to students

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information below in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course start.

At re-sit all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

The final grade in the course will be based on the following components and weightings:

  • Home assignments, counts 20% of the final grade. There are two group assignments to be completed during the semester.
  • A 3-hour individual written exam, counts for 80 % of the grade.

During the course students will be asked to collect data from Bloomberg and to perform analyses using Bloomberg’s built-in functionality and/or Excel spreadsheets.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

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Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

BØK 3423 Finance and FIN 3521 Corporate Finance, or equivalent.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationSupport materialsGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
FIN35241
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
10No 2 Week(s)Group/Individual (1 - 4)
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
FIN35241
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
10No 2 Week(s)Group/Individual (1 - 4)
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
FIN35241
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
80Yes3 Hour(s)
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Individual
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-4)
Support materials:
Duration: 2 Week(s)
Comment:
Exam code:FIN35241
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-4)
Support materials:
Duration: 2 Week(s)
Comment:
Exam code:FIN35241
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:80
Invigilation:Yes
Grouping (size):Individual
Support materials:
  • BI-approved exam calculator
  • Simple calculator
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Interest table
Duration:3 Hour(s)
Comment:
Exam code:FIN35241
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
42 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
93 Hour(s)
Independent reading/preparation for class
Submission(s)
25 Hour(s)
Home assignments
Examination
40 Hour(s)
Exam incl. preparations
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.