FIN230 Financial Institutions and Markets (8)

This subject examines the nature and operation of financial institutions and markets in Australia as well as the economics of the financial system in which they operate. A wide range of financial institutions, markets and securities are examined in detail, together with such concepts as financial intermediation, interest rate and exchange rate determination.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FIN230. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the nature and operation of Australia's financial institutions and markets;
  • be able to explain the causes of change in financial conditions;
  • be able to apply analytic skills to the interpretation of developments and changes in financial markets;
  • be able to explain and evaluate the role and impact of Government policy on the financial system.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • organisation and structure of financial markets;
  • bank and non-bank financial institutions;
  • corporate debt markets;
  • government debt markets;
  • interest rate determination;
  • term and risk structure of interest rates;
  • structure and operation of foreignb exchange markets;
  • exchange rate determination;
  • equity markets;
  • derivative markets.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.