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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30181 - THE MICROSTRUCTURE OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

Department of Finance

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 31

CLEAM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - BESS-CLES (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - WBB (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - BIEF (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - BIEM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - BIG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01) - BEMACS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/01)
Course Director:
BARBARA RINDI

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: BARBARA RINDI


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

Two are the main objectives of this course: (1) Present to the students the structure of the European and US financial markets and discuss the rules and principles that govern trading and price formation in the most advanced electronic trading platforms and auction markets. (2) Teach the students how to trade securities on an electronic order book market like London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, NASDAQ, NYSE, or alternative trading systems (lit and dark pools).

CONTENT SUMMARY

Financial Market Structures:

  • Novelties from Market Microstructure and Research Objectives.
  • Trading Process:
  • Continuous vs batch auction.
  • Orders and order properties.
  • Market Participants and the role of market makers.
  • Market  Structure.
  • Trading sessions: call and continuous auction markets.
  • Execution systems: order-driven, quote-driven and hybrid markets.
  • Trading  Rules for Order Driven Markets.
  • Price formation.
  • Matching rules.
  • Guidelines  for Price Monitoring, Price Discovery.
  • Circuit breakers and market crashes.
  • Pricing.
  • Trading fees: Make-Take vs Symmetric Pricing Structure.
  • Algorithmic Trading and High Frequency Trading (HFT).
  • Regulatory Debate (U.S. and Europe) on Dark Liquidity, Tick Size and Trading Fees.
  • Post-trading systems: clearing and settlement.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Understand how financial markets work and to evaluate the current debate (U.S. and Europe) on the structure and design of financial markets.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Trade on the most advanced existing trading plaftorms around the World.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
DETAILS

Lectures and guest speaker's talks.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Lecture notes (Bboard) and selected articles.

    Selected chapters from:

    • B. JOHNSON, Algorithmic Trading & DMA,  4Myeloma Press, 2010.
    • L. HARRIS, Trading and Exchanges. Market Microstructure for Practitioners, Oxford University Press, 2003.
    • R. LYONS, The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rate, MIT Press, 2001.
    Last change 02/06/2018 21:41