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Key Areas of Teaching

Main objectives of the course program

The institute’s teaching program comprises several courses introducing students to Finance topics. The introductory courses aim at imparting a fundamental understanding of financial problems and the methodological and analytical competencies necessary to solve them. Additional topics covered during the program are the functions and characteristics of various financial instruments and the role and importance of financial markets in an economy.

Students can choose from three specializations: “Finanzintermediation” (financial intermediation), “Corporate Finance” and “Investments”. The division into different SBWLs accounts for the major economic relevance of the financial system which establishes a network of institutions, markets and contracts (claims), thereby efficiently providing for the functions of intertemporal barter, allocation of investment funds, allocation of risk, liquidity provision, information creation and monitoring and control. During their studies, students gain comprehensive professional and methodological competencies and thus qualifications for challenging tasks in financial institutions as well as management functions.

Courses taught and imparted portfolio of skills

·         Corporate Finance

 

This SBWL covers topics of investment and financial management in the firm. The discussion focuses on treasury and cash management, corporate financial risk management, investment decision-making, optimal capital structure, dividend policy and the determination of a company’s value in consideration of information frictions. Students will acquire the following skills:

-         Approaches for making decisions regarding operational investment and financing policy;

-         Understanding and managing financial risks;

-         Understanding the structuring of financing decisions and the design of financing contracts based on corporate strategy;

-         Practical application of acquired methodological competencies and problem-solving skills, and development of independent solutions;

-         Ability to independently solve scientific problems.

 

·         Finanzintermediation (financial intermediation)

 

This SBWL discusses basic questions regarding the banking business and then goes on to focus on advanced issues of financial intermediation with an emphasis on the interaction between liquidity, profitability, risk and capital in banks, all set against the background of legal and regulatory requirements. It conveys the following skills:

-         Expertise and knowledge about products in the banking sector;

-         Holistic understanding of a corporation;

-         Identification of the influence of legal and regulatory conditions as well as market developments on financial institutions and derivation of resulting strategies;

-         Practical application of acquired methodological competencies and problem-solving skills and development of independent solutions;

-         Ability to independently solve scientific problems.

 

·         Investments

 

This SBWL focuses on issues in financial markets and investment analysis using theoretical models and empirical and experimental research methods. On the one hand, the focus is on asset pricing as well as on asset and risk management and on the other hand on the empirical modeling of market data and the understanding of institutions, regulations and the behavior of financial market participants. The SBWL conveys the following skills:

-         Understanding and application of different methods and models for the assessment and risk analysis of investment products;

-         Understanding and application of quantitative methods in the systematic process of asset allocation;

-         Generating sensitivity regarding the decision-making behavior of market participants and the influences of payment and incentive patterns;

-         Practical application of acquired methodological competencies and problem-solving skills and development of independent solutions;

-         Ability to independently solve scientific problems.

 

 

Contact

Office Management
Universitätsstraße 15 / F2 A-8010 Graz
Silvia Gersin Fachoberinspektorin Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 7300
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9580

Web:https://banken-finanzierung.uni-graz.at/de/

Monday: 10:00 - 12:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 14:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 12:00
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Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00

* Please note the changed opening hours during the holidays!

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