FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments (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, and interest rate and exchange rate determination.  The emphasis is on how markets and the instruments used in them can be employed to manage financial risks which businesses, individuals and governments face.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Term 3
On CampusEconomic and Finance Institute
Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusCSU Study Centre Melbourne
On CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
OnlineBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: FIN530
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and provide informed comment on recent developments in the organisation and structure of the financial system, various financial markets and the instruments of these markets;
  • be able to investigate, explain and analyse the causes of changes in interest and exchange rates on business and financial markets;
  • be able to identify the impact of exchange rates and interest rates on financial markets, instruments and business and demonstrate how appropriate use of instruments and techniques can be used to manage and mitigate financial risks.


The 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 the foreign exchange market;
  • Exchange rate determination;
  • Equity markets;
  • Derivative markets.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.