Module ASB-4405:
Int'l Financial Management

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Lynn Hodgkinson

Overall aims and purpose

To analyse the financial management of multinational companies, and the influence of the macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on financial decision-making.

Course content

The financial management of multinational companies (MNCs). The impact of macroeconomic, fiscal, currency and political environments on MNCs. Determinants of exchange rates, and purchasing power and interest rate parity. Management of exchange rate exposure through forwards, options and money market contracts. Corporate financing decisions including sourcing funds from overseas and identifying costs of capital; capital investment appraisal; working capital management and the positioning of funds in the MNC.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

A basic knowledge of course material.

good

In addition to the above, an ability to write analytically on specific issues.

excellent

In addition to the above, the ability to illustrate and enhance arguments and analyses through the use of relevant supporting evidence drawn from the established literature.

Learning outcomes

  1. Evaluate the impact of interest rates and inflation rates on exchange rates and the usefulness of the parity relationships.

  2. Assess transaction and economic currency exposures and their management using external (derivatives and money markets) and internal techniques.

  3. Evaluate the implications of the globalisation of financial markets for the financial management of multinational companies.

  4. Analyse the factors that influence the evaluation and implementation of international investment projects.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST On-line Test 5
EXAM Exam 75
CLASS TEST On-line Test 5
ESSAY Individual essay

Essay on protectionism

15

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Tutorial

case studies and numerical workshops

10
Private study

private study: preparation and revision

118
Lecture

Lectures and tutorials

22

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • knowledge of theories and empirical evidence concerning financial management, risk and the operation of capital markets (in cases of degrees with significant finance content).
  • Abstraction. From the study of economic principles and models, students see how one can abstract the essential features of complex systems and provide a useable framework for evaluation and assessment of the effects of policy or other exogenous events. Through this, the typical student will acquire proficiency in how to simplify while still retaining relevance. This is an approach that they can then apply in other contexts, thereby becoming more effective problem-solvers and decision-makers.
  • An appreciation of the nature of the contexts in which finance can be seen as operating, including knowledge of the institutional framework necessary for understanding the role, operation and function of markets and financial institutions (e.g. the economic, legal, regulatory and tax environment, both national and international; the firm; the capital markets and the public sector).
  • A knowledge of the major theoretical tools and theories of finance, and their relevance and application to theoretical and practical problems (e.g. concept of arbitrage and examples of its use; financial mathematics and capital budgeting criteria; informational efficiency; optimal risk sharing; portfolio theory; asset pricing models and the valuation of securities; cost of capital; derivative pricing; risk management; information asymmetry; principal agency relationships; signalling; Fisher separation and capital budgeting criteria; behavioural finance; term structure and the movement of interest rates; determination of exchange rates and financial intermediation).
  • An understanding of the financing arrangements and governance structures of business entities, and an appreciation of how theory and evidence can be combined to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of such arrangements (e.g. decisions as to sources of finance and financial structure; the pricing of corporate securities; the market for corporate control; corporate governance structures and mechanisms; financial planning and international dimensions of finance).
  • Problem solving and critical analysis: analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions.
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media.

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