5615 Course V - FINA 5000 - Special Topics in Finance
Dipl.-Kfm. Daniel Rettl
Contact details
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02/17/22 to 02/28/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Monday 05/16/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.07
Tuesday 05/17/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D2.0.030
Wednesday 05/18/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.10
Thursday 05/19/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.07
Friday 05/20/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.11
Monday 05/23/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.4.17
Tuesday 05/24/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.07
Wednesday 05/25/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.07
Friday 05/27/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.07


This course provides an introduction to the many aspects of nancial decision making within multinational corporations. The course covers both the main features of foreign exchange markets and selected aspects of international corporate finance, including exchange rate exposure, hedging strategies, project finance, and offshore financial services.

COURSE OUTLINE: The course is presented in three major sections:

1. Foreign exchange markets and instruments

  •  The international monetary system
  •  The market for foreign exchange
  •  International parity relationships

2. International corporate finance

  •  Management of transaction exposure
  •  Management of economic exposure

3. Special topics in finance

  •  Project Finance
  •  Offshore financial services

Learning outcomes

Students will develop a general understanding of foreign exchange markets and instruments. After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Perform currency conversions using bid-ask quotes and cross-rates.
  • Describe the actions taken to exploit a given arbitrage opportunity.
  • Evaluate financial and organizational strategies that a firm can use to mitigate risk when conducting business in a global market.

Attendance requirements

Attendance to all sections is mandatory and unexcused absences will not be accepted.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course will be composed of lectures, class discussion, problems, and case applications. The structure of the course is flexible and the course outline is tentative. Each of these sections will include textbook assignments and case analyses. Students will be asked to write and present a thoughtful and complete case analysis. All assigned material should be read before class. 

Additional materials to the readings below:

  • Case: Steilmann Osteuropa GmbH & Co. KG (will be provided)
  • Calculator: A financial calculator if you have one, a regular calculator otherwise.


The course grade will be determined as the weighted average of the following course components:

  • 15% Quizzes
  • 15% Final Exam
  • 10% Case Reports & Presentation
  • 40% Other deliverables (4 - 10% each)
  • 20% Course Participation

The individual components map to grades as follows:



93% - 100% 1
81% - 92% 2
71% - 80% 3
60% - 70% 4
0% - 59% 5

Quizzes and the final exam will either be open answer questions or multiple choice questions. The case report and other deliverables will consist of power point presentations, excel spreadsheets, and writeups. The exact format will also be announced on the online learning platform and in class. The participation grade will not be affected by absences that are due to documented medical conditions or other University-approved reasons. The weight of any missed assignment or test that is missed due to an University approved absence (including illness) will be reallocated to the final exam, unless the instructor and the student agree otherwise.

HONOR CODE: As a WU student, you have agreed to abide by the University's academic honesty policy and the Student Code of Conduct. All academic work must meet the standards described in those policies. Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation. Any questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

positive completion of the course K1 "Basics in Finance"


1 Author: Ivo Welch

Corporate Finance

Edition: 4th ed.
Remarks: Companion Chapter 25: International Finance
2 Author: Cheol S. Eun & Bruce G. Resnick

International Financial Management

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Edition: 8e
Year: 2017

Availability of lecturer(s)

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Last edited: 2022-01-19