Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
OECD defines Financial Literacy as "a combination of awareness, knowledge, skill, attitude and behaviour necessary to make sound financial decisions and ultimately achieve individual financial wellbeing". Such a combination should be build around 4 thematic areas: "Money and transactions", "Planning and managing finances", "Risk and reward" and "Financial landscape". The Italian Parliament has recently taken measures to fill the gap and develop a "National Strategy for financial education", recognizing the need to improve the financial literacy of several groups of citizens.
Expected learning outcomes
a) Knowledge and understanding:
- knowing the terms commonly used to describe financial situation, issues and problems;
- knowing the functioning of basic financial products;
- understand the simple mechanics of interest rates, compounding, diversification. risk-reward trade-off.
b) Applying knowledge and understanding:
- ability to understand articles on financial issues (for example taken from newspapers and non-specialized press);
- ability to compute the underlying interest rate (or other convenient summaries) of simple financial operations like mortgages and consumer loans and makes sense of the numeric figure;
- ability to broadly assess the risk and rewards of some important asset classes and make sense of the legal documents provided by banks and other intermediaries.
c) Making judgements:
- ability to understand (some) relevant issues of everyday investments and comment on (some of) the advantages and drawbacks of financial products and individual allocations.
None, the course is elective and devoted exclusively to students who are not enrolled in economic or managerial degrees.
The course will cover (some of) the following topics, also depending on students' tastes:
Annuities, mortgages, loans
Investing in stocks and related risks
Investing in bonds and related risks
Mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) and pension funds
Billy the KIID: intermediaries and legal documents
Discussion of cases:
* sad stories: Veneto Banca and BPVI, Bernie Madoff and other cons;
* stories: derivatives and SWAPs;
* happy ending: Poste Italiane and the protection of subscribers of real estate investment funds
Lecture notes, reports by OECD and other financial institutions (and articles taken mainly from "Focus", the Saturday'ssupplement fo "Il Sole 24 Ore").
Optional readings (excerpts):
- "Are you a stock or a bond?", M. Milevsky, FT Press, 2013;
- "Appunti di matematica finanziaria", A. Basso e P. Pianca, Giappichelli, several editions.
- "International markets", B. Solnik and D. Mc.Leavey, Addison Wesley, 2003.
- "Stories of Capitalism: Inside the Role of Financial Analysts", Stefan Leins, University of Chicago Press (2018), an anthropologist's view on the financial ecosystem
In the past, written examination, with exercises to be solved and open-ended or mutiple-choice questions. The state of prolonged covid-19 emergengy does not allow to currently clarify how the exam will be held. More information will be given at the beginning of the course or whenever possible.
Lectures, problem solving and group sessions, discussion of press articles. Some lectures will feature the participation of financial operators, bank officials and consultants. Changes are possible depending on the directives to face the covid-19 emergency.
The course is delivered in two periods (for a total of 10 weekly meetings, one for each week). In the recent past, the lecture was held on Tuesday from 17.30 to 19.00 at the S. Giobbe campus.
Type of exam
written and oral
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development
Last update of the programme: 01/12/2021
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