Course code BUS325

BUS325 Fixed Income Instruments

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Course responsible: Atle Guttorm Guttormsen
Teachers: Erik Smith-Meyer
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel. The course will not be offered Autumn 2020. 
Course frequency: Annually. The course will not be offered autumn 2020.
First time: 2012V
Course contents:

The course will cover bonds, interest rate swaps and other fixed income instruments that are actively used in the Norwegian as well as international financial markets.The students will study 1) why and how fixed income instruments are issued and traded at the market 2) arbitrage free pricing of fixed income instruments with and without interest rate volatility 3) methods to estimate credit risk 5) valuation and risk assessment of fixed income instruments with options 6) different theories behind the yield curve 7) modelling of the yield curve. In the course we will actively use and build spreadsheets (Excel) to analyze fixed income instruments.

Key words: government financing, private financing, hedging and investments, fixed income asset management, yield, duration, convexity, swap spreads, option adjusted spread, z-spread, credit spreads, credit risk, caps, floors, swaption, options (calls and puts), convertible loan, yield curve.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: After completed course the students will have:

Knowledge about fixed income markets

Knowledge about different fixed income instruments

Knowledge about different pricing models for fixed income instruments, including arbitrage free pricing with and without interest rate volatility

Knowledge about risk and return in fixed income instruments

Knowledge about credit analysis and models for credit analysis

Knowledge about how options affect value and risk for issuer and investor

Knowledge about yield curve and modelling of the yield curve

Skills - After completed course the student will be able to

Analyze credit markets and the most important fixed income instruments

Perform valuation of fixed income instruments

Analyze interest rate risk

Analyze credit risk

Analyze bonds with options

Analyse the yield curve based on models for shape and volatility

General competence 

After completed course the student will be able to contribute to problem solving related to financing, investing, credit analysis of companies, in addition to general and quantitative market analysis

Learning activities:
- lectures, assignments ,self study, excel spreadsheets.
Teaching support:
The syllabus will be announced in Canvas.
Basic finance and statistics, basic knowledge of Excel.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation on at least 2/3 of the lectures/seminars. Compulsory activity is valid until the next time the course is given.
Final written exam, 3,5 hours. Exam counts 100%. 
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
The course is for master students enrolled in the following programs: Master in Business and Administration and Master in Economics. It is also open for other master programmes from NMBU with satisfactory competence.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 52 hours.

The course is in English if there are one or more international students. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business ( for admission to the course. 

The course will not be offered Autumn 2020.

External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått