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Module ASB-4402:
Bank Financial Management

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Yener Altunbas

Overall aims and purpose

To provide a grounding in the nature, strategic context and managerial functions of financial management in banks, and other financial services firms.

Course content

External and internal drivers that shape bank financial management; Financial and performance analysis; Asset and liability management; Lending and securitisation; Risk and capital adequacy; Capital allocation and VAR (Value-At-Risk) modelling; Current issues in bank financial management.

Assessment Criteria


Display a basic appreciation of the internal and external drivers of bank financial management (BFM); understand the basic concepts, theories and practical techniques of BFM; demonstrate the main risk and return trade-offs inherent in BFM and appreciate their impact on bank value.


Display a good understanding of the internal and external drivers of BFM and be able to set up and discuss authoritatively several different scenarios; have a solid grasp of the practical techniques of BFM and be able to reason independently of rote/textbook learning; demonstrate a sound understanding of the different bank valuation models and their practical context.


Demonstrate a rigorous and questioning appreciation of the external and internal drivers of BFM; have a rigorous and insightful appreciation of practical mainstream corporate finance and broader bank strategy; be able to evaluate critically the different bank valuation models, the trade-offs between them and how market forces and finance research are shaping the convergence of different models.

Learning outcomes

  1. Appreciate the nature, strategic context and managerial functions of practical financial management in banks and similar financial service firms.

  2. Understand how bank financial management contributes towards meeting a bank's strategic and related objectives.

  3. Apply the skills and practical competences needed for high-level financial management in banking.

  4. Understand contemporary problems and issues that bear on bank financial management.

  5. Develop a suitable analytical framework from the bank financial management corpus to be capable of addressing new and contemporary issues.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Teaching and Learning Strategy


3 hours of lectures per week.


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