Course detail

Comodity and Stock Trading

FP-cpbPAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course focuses on the issues of investment in securities and commodities and their trading on publicly organized markets. The interpretation goes from the essence of the function of the stock markets to the systemic definition of their internal structure to the mechanism of their operation and the possible economic impacts in case of failure. Subsequently, it focuses on individual types of financial investment instruments, especially on exchangeable securities and commodities, foreign currencies, futures derivatives, securities of investment and mutual funds and, last but not least, publicly tradable structured products. And part of the interpretation is fundamental, technical and psychological analysis, as well as practical training of securities trading both in the Czech Republic and abroad. By completing the course, the student acquires a comprehensive view of the current ways of using financial investment instruments for external financing of the company (or recognizes the meaning of financial transactions carried out by the so-called transnational financial conglomerates), and learns how to manage their own assets. And, given the knowledge gained on the investment and knowledge of both securities and commodities, it will be able to independently conduct business transactions both in the Czech Republic and on foreign exchanges.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will understand the function of financial markets and the importance of securities, carry out the analyzes needed to decide on investments in the financial markets, diversify risk, design investment strategies, and will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and knowledge of trading methods of securities, foreign currencies and commodities.


The course requires prior knowledge of economics, mathematics, statistics and the basics of law.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rejnuš, Oldřich. Cenné papíry a burzy. 2., přeprac. vyd. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2013. 406 s. Učební texty vysokých škol. ISBN 978-80-214-4673-1. (CS)
Jílek, Josef. Finanční a komoditní deriváty. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2002. 624 s. Finanční trhy a instituce. Finance. ISBN 80-247-0342-4. (CS)
Jílek, Josef. Deriváty, hedžové fondy, offshorové společnosti. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2006. 260 s. Finanční trhy a instituce. Finance. ISBN 80-247-1826-X. (CS)
Rejnuš, Oldřich. Finanční trhy. 4., aktualiz. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2014. 760 s. Profesional. ISBN 978-80-247-3671-6. (CS)
Kislingerová, Eva a Hnilica, Jiří. Finanční analýza: krok za krokem. 2. vyd. Praha: C.H. Beck, 2008. xiii, 135 s. C.H. Beck pro praxi. ISBN 978-80-7179-713-5. (CS)
Mishkin, Frederic S., Matthews, Kent a Giuliodori, Massimo. The economics of money, banking and financial markets. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2013. xxix, 625 s. ISBN 978-0-273-73180-1. (EN)
Valach, Josef a kol. Investiční rozhodování a dlouhodobé financování. 3., přeprac. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Ekopress, 2010. 513 s. ISBN 978-80-86929-71-2. (CS)
ŠOBA,O., ŠIRŮČEK, M.: Finanční matematika v praxi. 2., aktualizované a rozšířené vydání, Grada, Praha, 2017. ISBN 978-80-271-0250-1. (CS)
Veselá, Jitka. Investování na kapitálových trzích. 2., aktualiz. vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2011. 789 s. ISBN 978-80-7357-647-9. (CS)
Gladiš, Daniel. Akciové investice. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2015. 176 s. Investice. ISBN 978-80-247-5375-1. (CS)
Wystup, Uwe. FX options and structured products. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. xv, 323 s. Wiley finance series. ISBN 0-470-01145-9. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course is completed graded credit, based on the successful writing of a written test which is consisting of two parts, both of which must be successfully met. The first part of the test consists of calculating the three examples, each of which is calculated correctly for example a student can get up to 5 points. Student can
receive in total 15 points of the test. The minimum number of points, which can be part of this test is to recognize the 10.
The second part of the test consists of twenty questions, having different numbers of correct answers that student rings. For the correct answer student gets positive point, for a wrong answer gets minus point. No answers are in the focus on. If the student reaches 90% of the maximum number of correct answers, he is evaluated and graded A, upon reaching 85% correct level B, while achieving 80% correct degree C, reaching 75% in stage D and at a 70% correct degree E.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Syllabus of lectures:
1) The importance of organized markets and their impact on the financial and economic system.
2) Exchange Systems and methods for their operation.
3) Specific functions of individual sub-segments of the stock market.
4) Basic factors of investment strategy
5) The types of shares, their properties and ways of doing business.
6) Fundamental Analysis.
7) Technical Analysis.
8) Psychological Analysis.
9) Basic types of bonds, their properties and ways of doing business.
10) Investing through collective investment funds.
11) Fixed term derivative instruments - trading futures
12) Contingent derivative instruments - stock options trading.
13) Synthetic derivative instruments
12) Specific features of structured products and trading.
13) Specifics exchange trading commodities and foreign currencies.

Syllabus of tutorials:
1) Introduction to the study "Securities and Stock Exchanges."
2) Exchange Systems stock exchanges, means of exchange trading.
3) Exchange trading of securities in the Czech Republic (practical exercises of trading)
4) The control test; investing through mutual and investment funds
5) Exchange trading of securities on foreign exchanges (practical exercises of trading on the stock exchanges in the U.S. and Germany).
6) The final test


The goal of the course is to teach how to apply the acquired knowledge when making decisions on investments and assets allocation.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars will be checked by the lecturer. Absence from seminars could be compensated for via a special assignment or a special credit test.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MGR Master's

    branch MGR-PFO , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer