International Financial Markets and Trading

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Financial Markets and Trading

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Finance, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Aim

    This module introduces students to international financial markets with an emphasis on the investment decision process, as framed by behavioural finance. The concepts of psychological and cognitive biases are contextualised through the experience of active investment trading using the bespoke KBS Trading Floor, a simulated trading environment sponsored by Bloomberg. Students will use the software on the Trading Floor to develop an appreciation of the key financial and economic data. They will also have the opportunity to gain the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certification, a qualification that is internationally recognised. Within the broad discussion of the psychology of investment decisions, students will be introduced to the notion of ethical investment choices and will reflect on the importance of individual and corporate social responsibility.


    Within the broad discussion of the psychology of investment decisions, students will be introduced to the notion of ethical investment choices and will reflect on the importance of individual and corporate responsibility. On the Trading Floor, students will be introduced to trading software, data availability, the data displays and methods of finding news and instrument codes. Students will find key data using the homepage, the search function, speed-guides and finding data using pre-built models. Students will develop skills in financial news analysis. Students will create charts, adding analyses and trend lines, edit charts and change chart properties. They will analyse data using pre-built models and software, retrieving real-time data and historical data, and will gain an insight into financial analytics. Students will be eligible to do the exams to gain Bloomberg’s Trading Floor Certification. Topics may include: behavioural finance and the flaws of human judgement; ethical investment choices, market risk; CSR and governance.

    Learning Outcomes

    Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

    Distinguish between the various financial markets, outline how psychological biases and emotions impair rational human judgement, appreciate the relationship between risk and return, and how it relates to portfolio theory, describe different approaches to ethical investments, demonstrate how to search for data using the variety of methods available, demonstrate how to search for data and news using the variety of methods available, construct flexible multi-sheet information displays and populate with news, real time nformation, charts and spread sheets, use the Excel API to access fundamental, historical, real time and intraday data, access functions and securities specific to Equity, Fixed Income, Commodity and FX markets.

    Affective (Attitudes and Values)

    Appreciate the various methods to retrieve data and news on the Trading Floor, understand the relationship between various financial markets, reflect on moral agency and individual responsibility.


    Prime Text/s

    Williams, R T. (2011) Introduction to Trading in the Financial Markets, Technology: Systems, Data and Networks , Academic Press. Boatright, J. R (2013) Ethics in finance , John Wiley & Sons. Sparkes, R. (2001) Ethical Investment: whose ethics, which investment? , Business Ethics: A European Review, 10(3), 194-205.

    Other relevant text and sources:

    Richardson, B. J. (2011) Ethics and Socially Responsible Investment: A Philosophical Approach , Osgoode Hall. Boatright, J. R. (2010) Finance Ethics: Critical issues in theory and practice (Vol. 11). , John Wiley and Sons. Kahneman, D. (2011) Thinking Fast and Slow , Macmillan. Bruce, B. R. (Ed.). (2010) Handbook of Behavioural Finance , Edward Elgar Publishing. Camerer, C. F., Loewenstein, G., & Rabin, M. (Eds.) (2011) Advances in Behavioral Economics , Princeton University Press. Lewis, M (2014) Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt , WW Norton & Company. Belfort, J. (2007) The Wolf of Wall Street , Random House.

    Sites We Visit 

    • Limerick City and Environs
    • Dublin City
    • Cliffs of Moher/Lahinc

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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