Principles of banking and finance

Principles of banking and finance

Principles of banking and finance
Titolo Principles of banking and finance
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Argomenti Economia e statistica Economia
Collana Trattati e manuali. Economia
Formato Libro
Pagine 240
Pubblicazione 2022
ISBN 9788834350904
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This textbook investigates key questions of banking and finance organized in three main subject areas (financial systems, principles of banking, and principles of finance). Why do financial systems exist? How is the structure of a financial system? How does the structure of financial systems differ across countries in the world? We first investigate the structure and functions of financial systems focusing on each of the three main entities that compose financial systems: financial intermediaries, securities, and financial markets. Then we find out the difference in the relative importance of financial intermediaries and financial markets around the world, and thus proposes a historical and economic investigation of the reasons behind the emergence of bank-based systems against market-based systems in different countries.
Why do financial intermediaries exist? Why do banks need regulation? What are the main risks faced by banks? How do banks manage risk? We examine the issues that come under the broad heading of principles of banking and the key economic reasons used to justify the existence of financial intermediaries (and specifically banks). Then we investigate the peculiar nature of banking regulation and finally outline the key risks in banking and the main methods used for risk management.
How can real assets and financial securities be evaluated? What are the risk and return characteristics of securities and portfolios How good are financial markets in establishing ‘fair prices’ for securities? We move to the issues known as principles of finance. Here we examine the techniques used by firms to value real investments, and the models used by investor to value bonds and stocks; then we investigate the issues related to the formation of an optimal portfolio by investors, and we derive the equilibrium asset pricing models. Finally, we investigate the efficiency of the market in pricing securities.

Biografia dell'autore

Elena Beccalli is Dean of the School of banking, finance and insurance at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and full professor of Banking at the same School. She is research associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation of the London School of Economics. She is academic fellow at the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance of the University of St. Andrews. She has been visiting professor at the Singapore Institute of Management and at the China Center for Economic Research of the Pecking University. She is chairwoman of the Italian branch of European Society for Banking and Financial Law (AEDBF), and member of the Directive committee of Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA). She serves as journal manager of Journal of financial management, markets and institutions (JFMI). She has published extensively (books and articles) on several subjects related to banking.

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