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In today’s world economy, business is conducted in a global arena. As a result financial managers are expected to have a global perspective. Emerging economies are the engine of growth opportunities in the world economy: financial decision making at many levels is, hence, increasingly dealing with the developing world. This course offers a conceptual as well as an applied framework for analyzing emerging markets from multiple perspectives in order to prepare business leaders to make sense of the challenges and make the most of the opportunities of succeeding in a globalized world.
This course is intended for post-graduate (Masters) students specializing in Finance with an interest in exploring business opportunities and future work in emerging markets or in financial decision making involving investments or corporate relations with the developing world. The course builds on the finance concepts learnt in the first and second year finance courses and provides students with a different perspective of finance in an emerging markets context - vital for a modern finance professional. Expertise in emerging market finance will enhance students’ marketability at places like multinational companies, hedge funds and money management firms, commercial banks, investment banks, development banks, consulting firms and financial market regulators.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Explain the key features of emerging financial systems;
- Identify the specific issues associated with financial intermediation in emerging markets;
- Explain and evaluate the concept of microfinance;
- Understand and evaluate the role of the IMF and World Bank in the context of emerging markets;
- Apply portfolio diversification principles to emerging equity and bond markets;
- Apply project and firm valuation techniques in the context of emerging markets;
- Understand the impact of country risk, credit risk, political risk and currency risk in an emerging market context; and
- Explain ownership and corporate governance issues relevant to emerging markets.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Oral communication;
- Written communication;
- Collaborative learning;
- Problem solving
- Team work;
- Statistical reasoning;
- Application of theory to practice;
- Interpretation & analysis;
- Critical thinking;
- Synthesis of data and other information;
- Evaluation of data and other information;
- Using computer software; and
- Accessing data and other information from a range of sources.
Last updated: 14 May 2021