SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Finance in the global market

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Term 2

The module aims to analyse the main financial decisions faced by corporations operating in a global environment. It builds on the modules on Corporate Finance, Risk Management: Principles and Applications, Financial Law and Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance. It extends the analysis developed in those modules by exploring the international dimension of the strategy of the corporation. The module focuses in particular on the sources of capital to the multinational firm and on the foreign investment and acquisition decisions.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The main objectives of the course are to:

  • Analyse foreign exchange markets and the determinants of exchange rates
  • Explain the principles of techniques for managing firms foreign exchange risk
  • Discuss the effect of international financing on firms cost of capital and on investment decisions
  • Outline the problems of international corporate insolvency
  • Analyse the nature of currency crises and international debt

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the theories of the exchange rate
  • Discuss the possibility of forecasting exchange rates
  • Understand the sources of capital for a multinational corporation
  • Analyse the determinants of multinationals desired capital structure and its weighted average cost of capital
  • Understand and analyse foreign exchange risk and international interest rate risk
  • Understand and use the principle techniques for managing exchange rate risk
  • Understand the main methods of multinational capital budgeting
  • Use the principles of international corporate finance to evaluate key case studies

Method of assessment

Assessment for this course is by one tutorial presentation at 10%; an essay of 4,000 words at 30%; an unseen written examination at 60% of the total grade; all elements except the presentation may be resubmitted

Suggested reading

  • Eiteman, David K., Arthur I. Stonehill, and Michael H. Moffett, 2012. Multinational business finance, 13th edition, Pearson.
  • Smith Roy C., Ingo Walter, and Gayle DeLong, Global Banking, 3rd edition, Oxford, 2012.
  • Bekaert, Geert, and Robert J. Hodrick, 2011. International financial management, 2nd edition Prentice Hall.
  • de Haan, Jakob, Sander Oosterloo, and Dirk Schoenmaker, 2012, Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective, 2nd edition, Cambridge.
  • Desai, Mihir A., 2006. International finance: A casebook, Jon Wiley & Sons.
  • Sercu, Piet, 2009. International finance: Theory into practice, Princeton University Press.


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