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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of FIN530 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Discussion board posting
Discussion board comments
Debt market report
Forex forecast report
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.