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BDBC904 Contemporary Issues in Finance

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An investigation of contemporary issues in micro-finance, examining Fin-Tech, behavioural finance, financial regulation, finance and monetary policy and emerging market finance.

The paper will focus on the principal contemporary issues of change, debate and concerns in finance and financial markets and how these impact business decisions and business and economic prospects. It is expected that these topics will change over time as issues and economic conditions change. The topics covered will draw on 'vernacular' knowledge of practitioners and policy makers, but this will be complemented by the latest academic research in the selected topics.

Paper title Contemporary Issues in Finance
Paper code BDBC904
Subject Doctor of Business Administration
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (21 December 2020 - 21 February 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,380.11
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,875.58

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Limited to
This paper includes a compulsory on-campus component at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Teaching staff
To be confirmed
Paper Structure
The current topics that the paper might cover include:
  • Finance post GFC: Financial regulation, ethics and governance
  • Finance and monetary policy and long-term investment returns (quantitative easing, negative interest rates, etc)
  • FinTech and financial innovation (Bitcoins, peer-to-peer lending/disintermediation, high frequency trading, exchange traded funds, automated financial advice)
  • Finance and demographic change
  • Finance and the Asian century: new markets, opportunities and risks
  • Climate and clean energy finance markets (carbon markets, stranded assets, etc)
Teaching Arrangements
Taught through seminars and online through Blackboard
Readings will be made available through Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Global perspective, Cultural understanding, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Communication, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of financial theory pertaining to international financial management and the use of financial instruments in the international context
  2. Develop a frame of reference through which to identify, evaluate and solve financial problems pertaining to the broad area of international finance with or without complete information
  3. Develop a critical understanding of contemporary financial issues, factors that influence those issues, and their relevance for international business

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1st Non standard period (21 December 2020 - 21 February 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system