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Admission to MRes
This unit will focus on special topics on financial institutions which fail. We will look at empirical studies of insolvencies from different countries and for different types of financial institutions (including life and general insurers, health funds, banks, superannuation funds, hedge funds, and other investment management and risk management organisations). We will consider factors such as product design, pricing, reserving, investment, asset-liability management, liquidity management, reinsurance, accounting issues, regulatory arbitrage, and corporate governance. We will also be looking at the effectiveness of regulation, both in preventing failures and dealing with the consequences of failures (eg, using guarantee schemes).
This unit provides students with essential understanding on insolvencies that develop the concepts and skills necessary for advanced research in finance and actuarial studies.
Assessment criteria for all assessment tasks will be provided on the unit iLearn site. The grades and comments for assessment tasks will be posted on on iLearn. We will make an Announcement when the grades are available, so students should receive an email notification. Then students will be able to look at their marks via the Gradebook on iLearn. It is the responsibility of students to view their marks for each within-session assessment task on iLearn within 20 days of posting. If there are any discrepancies, students must contact the unit convenor immediately. Failure to do so will mean that queries received after the release of final results regarding assessment tasks (not including the final exam mark) will not be addressed.
|1. Reports||30%||Mar13, Mar27, May1, June5|
|2. Essay||15%||May 1|
|3. Research Report||15%||May 29|
|4. Final Examination||40%||Exam period|
Due: Mar13, Mar27, May1, June5
Each week, the lecturer will provide some research questions which relate to the material covered in that week's lecture and readings. Students will be asked to choose one of these questions and write a 2-page report answering that question. As an example, one week we will discuss Ponzi schemes. Students may choose to do a case study describing a Ponzi scheme from their own country, explaining how it was operated, how the authorities discovered the fraud, and how authorities might be able to prevent future Ponzi schemes. Students are usually given a wide choice of questions, so that they can research the ones which they are most interested in.
Students must hand in five reports during the term, each worth 6% (total 30%). The reports are handed in electronically via the iLearn drop box. The first report must be handed in by 5 pm Monday March 13 (week 3) The second report must be handed in by 5 pm Monday March 27 (week 5) The third report must be handed in by 5 pm Monday May 1 (week 8) The last two must be handed in before 5 pm Monday June 5 (week 13).
Extension No extensions will be granted. Students who have not submitted the task prior to the deadline will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task. This penalty does not apply in cases in which an application for Disruption of Studies is made and approved.
Due: May 1
Essay 1: Students will be asked to write an analysis of ONE case study of a failed (or troubled) financial institutions. The case study will include a description of the events; the causes of the failure (including any weaknesses in risk management); and evaluate the regulatory response to the failure (identifying any weaknesses in the legislation / prudential regulations and or the quality of supervision). The essay is worth 15%. The maximum word length is 1750 words.The first essay is due in Week 8 (May 1)
Essays must be submitted via the iLearn Dropbox.
Extension No extensions will be granted. Late tasks will be accepted, but there will be a deduction of 10% of the total marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24-hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, if submitted 25 hours late, a penalty of 20% will be applied). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Disruption to Studies is made and approved.
Due: May 29
Students will be asked to do a report on a topic which is related to their research interests (i.e. the topic which has been proposed for their Master of Research Thesis in second year of the MRes project). The nature of the report will be determined for each student after discussions with the lecturer in charge of this unit. Students should arrange a meeting with the lecturer in the first fortnight of semester to specify the topic. The report must be submitted via iLearn by Monday May 29.
Extension - No extensions will be granted. Late tasks will be accepted, but there will be a deduction of 10% of the total marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24-hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, if submitted 25 hours late, a penalty of 20% will be applied). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Disruption to Studies is made and approved.
Due: Exam period
The final exam will be a 3 hour exam with 10 minutes reading time (closed book exam). The final exam will be held during the University exam period between June 12 and July 3. The examination timetable will be posted on the University website later in the term.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
There are no compulsory textbooks for this unit. We will be reading case studies from a variety of sources. Readings will be placed online (via the iLearn system) where possible. For example we might look at some of the case studies on the eRISK website http://www.erisk.com/Learning/CaseStudies.asp.
Technology Used and Required
Students will find it useful to look up material using the electronic databases available via the University library page (e.g. Factiva).
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Teaching and Learning Activities
Each week we have a 3-hour lecture on Monday evenings. We will look at one or more case studies each week. In some weeks we will also be watching TV documentaries about certain events (e.g. from the American Public Broadcasting Service). This will be followed by a class discussion of the issues - the emphasis will be on problem-solving, i.e. ways to improve risk management and regulation. A set of course notes and/or readings will be provided for each topic. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and read the required readings.
For each topic, we will provide a set of questions which will allow students to extend their knowledge by reading and by summarising additional readings. Students are expected to hand in 5 reports over the term. Students will have a choice of topics.
Students will also be expected to research two case studies, and prepare an essay on each one.
Students may be asked to do a short (5 minute) presentation of one of the topics covered in their report (if the class size if large, then it will not be possible for every student to do a presentation, but we will try to give this opportunity to as many students as possible).
Changes in 2017
This year we have updated the course material to reflect new developments in the financial services industry. The student feedback for this unit was quite positive so we have not made any other significant changes to the unit.
Please refer to the iLearn website for the unit schedule.
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This unit will
(a) provide students with an opportunity to do their own research, with flexibility to focus on areas which interest them
(b) present research papers written by Macquarie University staff
(c) present research findings from other academic sources as well as research papers from regulatory authorities