- Class Number 4195
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Wai Man Liu
- AsPr Wai Man Liu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
- Dr Jan Drienko
Most finance courses assume that markets are efficient and that securities can be issued and traded easily and at no cost. In practice markets are more complex and there are substantial costs associated with issuing and trading securities. This course therefore explores (i) how markets are organised; (ii) how trading is conducted in these markets; (iii) the role of different types of market participants; and (iv) how markets are regulated. It considers how these factors influence price formation, investment returns and capital raising.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand in depth how securities are traded in markets around the world and appreciate how this influences trading costs and liquidity;
- Be able to communicate the role of regulation and how it impacts participants in financial markets;
- Understand in depth how price formation can be influenced by market architecture;
- Understand in depth the interaction between trading in secondary markets and capital raising in primary markets.
While students will not directly engage in research as part of this course, the course will cover significant materials including conference papers and journal articles that reflect the cutting-edge research that is being conducted within the field of financial economics. My aim is to emphasise how academic research can influence industry practice and policy making
Examination Material or equipment
Non-programmable scientific calculator
de Jong and Rindi, B. (2009) The Microstructure of Financial Markets. Cambridge (on 2-hour library reserve)
Teall, J. L. (2018) Financial Trading and Investing. Elsevier
Additional reading materials including journal articles, newspaper articles will be available on WATTLE.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
Verbal comments during lectures, workshops and consultation hours; and,
Written comments on the WATTLE discussion forum.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.
Support for Students
The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The Role of Markets & Trading Process|
|2||Order Driven Markets & Intermediated Markets Workshops Introduction to Trading Game Tutorials Trading Game 1 (Introduction) Tutorial Questions||Tutorial Participation|
|3||Analysis of Prices I: Random Walk, Price Formation Process and Roll Model Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Trading Game 2 (Warm Up) Tutorial Questions||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation|
|4||Analysis of Prices II: Extensions of the Roll Model Workshops Analysis of Trading Data tutorials Trading Games 3 & 4||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation|
|5||Public Information Arrival Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Trading Games 5 & 6||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation|
|6||Adverse Selection, Trading & Spreads I Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Trading Games 7 & 8||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation Mid- Semester Exam in Week 6|
|7||Adverse Selection, Trading & Spreads II Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Trading Games 9 & 10||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation|
|8||The Impact of Trading Rules on Trading Outcomes Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Trading Games 11 & 12||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation|
|9||Liquidity and Benchmarking Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Trading Games 13 & 14||Tutorial/Trading Game Participation|
|10||Hasbrouck’s Information Share Workshops Analysis of Trading Data Tutorials Tutorial Questions||Tutorial Participation|
|11||Models of the Limit Order Book I Workshops Additional Lecture Material Tutorials Tutorial Questions||Tutorial Participation|
|12||Models of the Limit Order Book II Workshops Additional Lecture Material Tutorials Tutorial Questions||Tutorial Participation|
Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle or during your first lecture. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site
2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”
3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter
4. Confirm your choice
If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Participation||15 %||04/03/2019||10/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Mid Semester Exam||25 %||01/04/2019||03/05/2019||1,2,4|
|Final Exam||60 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
See Assessment Task 1 above for discussion about participation.
See Assessment Task 2 and 3 above for exam details.
As a further academic intergrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.
Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The 15 participation marks are designed to assess ongoing learning in the course and are divided into three parts:
1. Weeks 2 – 9: Students can earn 5 participation marks if they demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes 1-4 across at least seven of the eight trading game tutorials.
2. Weeks 4 – 9: The top (20%) performing students in these trading games will earn 5 participation marks. The mechanism for determining the top students will be discussed in lectures and outlined on WATTLE.
3. Weeks 2, 3, 10, 11, 12: Students that hand in a copy of their tutorial solutions to the tutor at the beginning of the class for four out of five of these tutorials will earn 5 participation marks. The solutions do not have to be correct for the student to receive the participation marks. The solutions will only be judged to determine whether the student made a genuine attempt to answer the tutorial questions before attending the tutorial.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Mid Semester Exam
Mid-Semester Examination – 1.5 hours (Week 6). Total weighting: 25%. This is a closed book exam with no formula sheet. A mixture of theory and practical (numerical) questions will be asked. Students will need to review and revise all materials (weeks 1-5) pertaining to the course. No past exam papers are available for practice.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Final Examination – 3 hours (Date: TBA). Total weighting: 60%.
This is a closed book exam with no formula sheet. A mixture of theory and practical (numerical) questions will be asked. Students will need to review and revise all materials (weeks 1-12) pertaining to the course. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam as it approaches. The marking criteria will be based on model solutions and answers prepared by the lecturer. Past exam papers will be available for practice.
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There is no online assignment submission for this course.
There are no assignment submissions for this course.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Market microstructure, asset pricing, liquidity, political economy, financial econometrics and medical science.
AsPr Wai Man Liu
AsPr Wai Man Liu