Contemporary financial intermediation



Ruslan V. Belyaev, Senior Lecturer,
Graduate School of Management, St.Petersburg University
Director, St.Petersburg Branch Manager, Member of the Board, AO Citibank



45 contact hours


Corporate Finance I

Aim of the Course:

The core objective of the course is to sensitize students to the specifics of financial markets and various aspects of activity of banks. With growing volatility of financial markets and complexity of financial instruments knowledge of the basic principles of these markets and banks as key players is important to future managers as nowadays any career would imply interaction with financial markets and banks. Financial markets and their payers, composition of banking business, essence of risk-taking in banking business and bank products are the core aspects of the course. The course is enriched with practical examples and case studies from the banking practice. Specifics and logic of contemporary banking regulation are part of the course as well. Special attention is paid to Fin Tech development and other trends defining future of banking.

Course Content:

Topic 1. Introduction. Subject of Contemporary Financial Intermediation. Overview of financial market players and banking business.
Topic 2. Bank lending: risks and products.
Topic 3. Contingent risk and products, foreign exchange and hedging.
Topic 4. Cash management, fund services, agency and trust businesses.
Topic 5. Mergers and acquisitions, investment banking.
Topic 6. Consumer banking and banking of smaller and medium-sized businesses.
Topic 7. Banking regulation.
Topic 8. Bank management, corporate governance and controls.
Topic 9. Fin Tech and future of banking.

Teaching Methods:

Lectures, case studies, group projects, tests

Course Reading:

Greenbaum S. I., Thakor A. V. (2015) Contemporary Financial Intermediation. 3-rd ed. Academic Press Elsevier

Freixas X., Rochet, J-C. (2008) Microeconomics of banking. 2-nd ed. The MIT Press

Final Exam:

Final exam will consist of short essay questions and case studies to test the understanding of material presented in class.
In-Class, 90 min.

Grading Policy:

Group Cases (3)        15
In-Class Tests (3)      15
Final Exam               70
Total:                     100

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