Capital Markets and Financial Intermediation

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE, THU 2:00 - 3:30 pm RRH 5.408


This course uses economic analysis to understand the institutional workings of the securities and investment business and its legal regulation (especially recent developments therein). The main focus of this course is on securities intermediaries -- those who trade, facilitate trade, or manage investments on account of others -- as opposed to primary offerings (which are covered in a typical Securities Regulation class). Topics include securities trading and market regulation, banking and shadow banking, securitizations and asset-backed securities, broker-dealer duties and conflicts, and investment advisers and investment company regulation. The course utilizes a case study approach, with examples drawn from recent events. The class will be a combination of lecture, class discussion, and student group presentations. The goal of the course is to ensure that students have a good economic understanding of how and why the law applies to them once they are (or are representing) investment bankers, traders, or investment advisers.