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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Financial Markets and Institutions BUS 213


Varies; self-study.

Various; distance learning format.

September 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the types of securities traded within financial markets; understand how financial institutions were exposed to the credit crisis; describe the role of financial institutions within financial markets; explain the theories behind the term structure of interest rates; understand the role of the Federal Reserve; understand the methods of measuring risk-adjusted stock performance; describe the different types of bonds and their characteristics,;identify the factors that affect stock prices, explain how stock index futures contracts are used to hedge based on anticipated stock price movements; explain the risks of interest rate swap and how they are priced; and explain how credit default swaps are used to reduce credit risk and how the swap markets have become globalized.


In this course, students explore key principles associated with financial markets and institutions around the world. Students learn about types of financial markets available and their functions, various financial institutions that facilitate the flow of funds, why speculators take positions in stock options and how the outcome is determined, in addition to how stock index options are used by institutional investors. Advanced topics include: potential problems with using excessive financial leverage that lead to leveraged buyouts, the role of the bond markets in facilitating corporate capital restructuring, characteristics of financial instruments, monetary policy, the banking industry, mortgages, and the role of the Federal Reserve.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, or Money and Capital Markets (8/18) (9/23 revalidation).