Financial Intermediation I (SoSe 2021)

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Monday 16:00- 18:00 weekly 12.04.2021- 17.05.2021  
Tuesday 14:00- 16:00 weekly 13.04.2021- 18.05.2021  


Students of PO 2008 only earn 5 ECTS.


Background and relations to other courses:

The financial services sector is a sector of paramount importance concerning the stability of the economy. During the last years, the relevance of financial intermediation has risen continuously. A couple of components have changed in order to guarantee an optimal supply of financial services. The course provides students with knowledge about banking systems and explanations for the existence of banks. They learn about practical implications arising from different theoretical models concerning e.g. loans, deposits and securitization.

Main topics and learning objectives:

The course starts with a short characterization of the banking system. Model based considerations concerning the existence of banks lead to the analysis of important divisions of banks like credit business, deposit banking, and securitization. The course is completed by an additional tutorial, which consists e.g. of case studies and presentations given by visiting scientists and experts. The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a profound knowledge of informational and institutional economics. They learn about the role banks play in imperfectly competitive financial markets and they are able to explain essential financial basics model based. Their competence in solving problems is revealed by their skill to theoretically illustrate reasons for phenomena occurring in reality.


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Andreas Pfingsten (responsible)
  • Yannick Voshardt (accompanying)