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Introductory Financial Economics 7.5 Credits

Finansiell ekonomi, introduktion
First cycle, N0022N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 3b/3c , Social Studies 1b/1a1 +1a2 (specifik entry A4). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses English B, Mathematics C, Social Studies A (specifik entry 4)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completing the course the student should have the ability to:
a)    Describe the most important actors on the Swedish financial markets, describe how the trade of financial instruments in Sweden are organized and describe how an investor should do (in practice) if they want to buy or sell stocks.
b)    Graphically explain how investors choose an optimal portfolio.
c)    Understand the theory for efficient market.
d)     Value different financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, option and forwards.
e)    Identify and explain different sources of risk for financial instruments and to some extent deal with these risks.
f)    In a group work analyze financial information and present this in a written report.

This course provides knowledge that is useful both for you as an individual and in your professional role as an economist. This knowledge is also useful when you want to enter the stock market, irrespective of whether you want to speculate and take great risks or if you are careful and want to build long term savings. Knowledge about financial instruments also becomes more important in business as deregulations, globalization and demand for certification of financial companies increase. This might be the case regarding insurance of currency transactions in an export company or your role as advisor/stock broker in a bank or stock brokerage firm. This course is ideal for those who do not have any experiences of stocks, but is also suited for those who already own stocks.

The following areas will be included:
•    Different actors on Swedish financial markets and Financial trading.
•    How we graphically by using Markowitz portfolio theory and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) can show how investor chose optimal portfolios.
•    An introduction to efficient markets.
•    Discounting
•    Stock valuation
•    Sources of risk and the importance of diversifying.
•    Bond valuation.
•    Interest risk.
•    Identification of factors that influence the value of option and forwards.
•    An introduction how we could use option and forwards for speculation or for insurance.

The teaching will be in the form of lectures and a number of voluntary seminar sessions where students present and discuss problems dealing with the course's various areas. Furthermore the students will carry out a written assignment (investment project) covering 1.5 credits.

The course ends with a (individual) written exam covering the content of the course equivalent to 6 credits. The exam is given the grades VG (passed with honor), G (passed) or U (failed). The written exam examines mainly targets a-e above.

Furthermore the students will carry out a written assignment covering 1.5 credits. Concerning the assignments, grading will be Pass (G) or Fail (U) only. The written assignment examines mainly target f.

The grades of the (individual) written exam will determine the final grade of the course.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Undergraduate level, progression A. The course is only given in Swedish.

Olle Hage

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Gavelin, L. & Sjöberg, E. Finansiell ekonomi i praktiken, Studentlitteratur, latest edition.
Den svenska finansmarknaden, latest edition, Sveriges Riksbank.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

0001Written exam6.0TG U G VG
0002Written investment project1.5TG U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.