cod. 1011026

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Economia degli intermediari finanziari (SECS-P/11)
Type of training activity
56 hours
of face-to-face activities
8 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to illustrate the structural features of financial systems, providing the necessary cognitive keys to understand financial dynamics and find solutions to the financial needs of agro-food businesses.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the characteristics and evolution of the financial systems, the regulation of intermediaries and financial markets, the role and the activities of the main types of financial intermediaries, and the financial needs of firms and families, focusing in particular on agro-food businesses;
2) Assess the pros and cons of specific financial instruments in order to find proper solutions for investments, financing, payment management and risk management;
3) Use appropriate technical language to communicate with financial market operators;
4) Learn through the logical method in order to identify problems and find critical analysis patterns.


There are no prerequisites

Course unit content

After explaining the functions of a financial system, we analyse the conditions for its efficiency, with a particular focus on the evolution of the Italian financial system. In this perspective we focus on different financial instruments, illustrating the evaluation criteria related to the needs they meet, and focusing on securities markets, and financial intermediaries, with a brief reference to supervisory authorities and the financial system’s regulatory bodies.
During the course, sustainability-related issues will be analysed.

Full programme

1) Structure and functions of the financial system; 2) Financial needs and the demand for financial instruments by agro-food businesses; 3) Financial and credit instruments: characteristics and valuation criteria; 4) Payment System; 5) Financial balances and allocative function; 6) Financial markets and efficiency conditions; 7) Market imperfections and the role of financial intermediaries; 8) Banks: features and functions; 9) non-bank financial intermediaries; 10) Financial system supervision: main objectives and authorities.


Economia del Sistema finanziario - 2 edizione di E. Bocchialini, L. Poletti, B. Ronchini, G. Tagliavini, Giappichelli, 2021.

Strumenti finanziari e creditizi, IV edizione, G. Tagliavini - L. Poletti - B. Ronchini, McGraw Hill, 2022.

Teaching methods

Acquisition of knowledge: class lectures will highlight the subject’s key topics, which are essential for passing the exam.
Acquisition of the ability to apply knowledge: exercises.
Acquisition of autonomous judgment: during the course, students will be stimulated to identify the pros and cons of financial instruments and intermediation models.
Acquisition of learning skills: every topic will start from the illustration of the problem to be solved and then critical solutions will be analysed.
Acquiring technical language: during the lessons, the meaning of the terms commonly used by the financial community will be illustrated.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam
Knowledge acquisition will be tested with 6 closed-ended questions graded up to 2 points each and 2 open questions evaluated up to 6 points each.
The application of acquired knowledge is tested with 3 exercises that will be evaluated up to 2 points each.
The ability to communicate with the appropriate technical language, judgment autonomy and the ability to learn will be verified by analysing the answers to the open questions.
The final grade is published on Esse3.
Mid-term tests might be used, upon agreement at the beginning of the course.

Other information

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