Course detail

Financial investments

FP-IfinPAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course enables acquirement of theoretical knowledge and practical skills with respect to all spheres of activities on a financial market. The course deals with the individual types of existing financial institutions and financial instruments as well as with the most important types of financial transactions carried out on financial markets. The course provides students also with the fundamentals of financial mathematics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and skills from all spheres connected with functioning of a financial market. They will understand the significance of the financial market for the economy of every state and will have a grasp of the function and mission of each institution and subject operating on the financial market. They will learn to differentiate financial tools and to use them in practice. Students will also learn how to plan and carry out basic financial operations using existing investment instruments in the corporate practice as well as for personal finances management.


The course is a follow-up to the knowledge of theory of market economy, monetary theory, and ways of pursuing of expansive and restrictive monetary and fiscal policy in an open economy, basic activities of banking system institutions.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

REJNUŠ, Oldřich. Finanční trhy: učebnice s programem na generování cvičných testů. První vydání. Praha: Grada Publishing, a.s., 2016. 380 stran. ISBN 978-80-247-5871-8.
Rejnuš, Oldřich. Finanční trhy. 4., aktualiz. a rozš. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2014. 760 s. Partners. ISBN 978-80-247-3671-6.
ŠOBA,O., ŠIRŮČEK, M.: Finanční matematika v praxi. 2., aktualizované a rozšířené vydání, Grada, Praha, 2017. ISBN 978-80-271-0250-1.
Jílek, Josef. Finanční a komoditní deriváty. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2002. 624 s. ISBN 80-247-0342-4.
Meluzín, T. Finanční trhy-cvičení. Brno: CERM, 2005. 1. vyd. ISBN 80-214-3048-6.
Jílek, Josef. Deriváty, hedžové fondy, offshorové společnosti. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2006. 260 s. Finanční trhy a instituce. Finance. ISBN 80-247-1826-X.
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.
Mishkin, Frederic S. The economics of money, banking, and financial markets. Twelfth edition. Harlow, England: Pearson Education, 2019. 738 stran. ISBN 978-1-292-26885-9.
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.
Rose, Peter S. a Marquis, Milton H. Money and capital markets: financial institutions and instruments in a global marketplace. 10th ed. Boston: McGrawHill, 2009. xxxviii, 767, [33] s. The McGraw-Hill/Irwin series in finance, insurance, and real estate. McGraw-Hill International Edition. ISBN 978-0-07-126881-3.
Giddy, Ian H. Global financial markets. Lexington: D.C. Heath, ©1994. xix, 583 s. ISBN 0-669-24605-0.

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 of financial mathematics.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Completion of the subject:
Credit is awarded on the basis of successful completion of prescribed written tests, the content of which is the mathematics discussed in the exercises. The tests consist of five examples, of which for each correctly calculated example the student can get a maximum of 5 points. The student can get a maximum of 25 points from the test, while the minimum number of points for which credit can be awarded is 35 points. The first two tests are part of the exercise, the credit test then allows you to complete the required number of points. Credit is a condition of admission of a student to the oral exam. In the final evaluation of the course, the results of the credit test are taken into account by 30%, the results of the oral exam by 70%.

Completion of the course for students with individual study:
The conditions are the same, only credit is awarded only on the basis of a credit test, which contains 10 examples, of which for each correctly calculated example the student can get a maximum of 5 points.

Completion of the course in distance form:
The conditions for granting the credit are the same as for students with individual study. The exam will take the form of a test that will contain 20 multiple-choice questions, some of which may be correct. For each correct answer the student will receive a point, for each incorrect answer the point will be deducted. Unchecked answers will not be evaluated. The condition for successful passing of the exam is the achievement of at least 70% of possible points (evaluation by classification level E). Upon reaching 75% of the possible points, it will be graded D; when 80% of the possible points are reached by grade C; when 85% of the possible points are reached by grade B and when 90% of the possible points are reached by grade A.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1) Financial markets, their definition and function in the economy
2) Banking system, banking institutions, banking operations, trades and products
3) Other non-banking institutions of the financial system
4) Theory of interest rates and their effect in the financial system
5) Theory of financial investments
6) Basic distribution of financial and real investment instruments
7) Corporate (corporate) shares
8) Bonds
9) Developments in financial markets in the individual phases of the business cycle
10) Forward derivative instruments of the forward, futures and swap contracts type
11) Option contracts and synthetic (compound) financial derivatives
12) Securities of investment property, resp. mutual funds
13) Structured products


The main objective of the course is to teach students how to understand ding financial system as the integral part of an economic system as well as its role, substance and importance of its functioning. Students will learn how to actively participate in standard types of financial operations with individual types of financial investment tools, from the corporate financial transactions point of view as well as from the personal finances management point of view. Also dealt with are the fundamentals of financial mathematics necessary for financial practice.

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

The control of participation is fully in teacher’s competence. Active participation in lessons, control of knowledge in seminars.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MGR-IM Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer