ICM310-Bond and Money Markets

Module Provider: ICMA Centre
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: IC314 Bond and Money Markets
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Ivan Sangiorgi
Email: ivan.sangiorgi@icmacentre.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Bond and Money Markets explores the economic drivers and relationships between bond, money markets and central bank monetary policies. The module offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of how these connections affect funding liquidity management, trading strategies and the challenges faced by practitioners as well as regulators/policy makers. The course also covers the overall functions, structure and operation of the money market.   


The main aims of the module are to provide the tools for understanding the functioning of money markets, their connection with bond markets and central bank interventions, the fundamental determinants of interest rate markets and the commonly used trading strategies.  

The lectures will provide: 1) the fundamentals of money markets, repos and bonds, 2) identification of trading strategies and 3) practical examples of current market situations


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will: 

  • Define the main aspects of the economic theories of the determination of money market rates and their interlinkages with bond markets and central bank monetary policy operations; 

  • Explain the role of collateral and repo markets; 

  • Evaluate economic situations to determine the likely implications for money market instruments; 

  • Explain trading strategies and the key features of funding liquidity management. 

Additional outcomes:

The module aims to supplement quantitative skills with the knowledge of the economics of money markets necessary to design trading strategies and to manage funding liquidity. 

The module also encourages the student to use Bloomberg for practical real-world examples. 

Outline content:

Lectures include: 

  • The economics of bond, money markets and interest rates. 

  • Money markets: arithmetic, pricing and trading of alternative funding sources. 

  • Yield curve trading strategies. 

  • Central bank monetary policy operations and quantitative easing. 

  • Pricing and trading of repos. 

  • Scarcity of bonds, bond market liquidity and funding liquidity.

  • Money market derivatives: trading strategies in bonds and money markets. 

  • The impact of regulation on funding liquidity management. 

  • Pricing and trading of green, social and sustainability bonds and loans.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will be used to explain core theory and concepts discussed in the course.  The module’s delivery follows a practice centred approach and extensively utilises Bloomberg to provide a more in-depth understanding of certain topics. Seminars will be based around set questions and preparation for examinations. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 8
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 15
    Wider reading (directed) 35
    Exam revision/preparation 60
    Advance preparation for classes 15
    Preparation for seminars 15
    Revision and preparation 20
    Reflection 12
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Final exam: 80%, three hours, two out of three questions. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Multiple Choice Test: 20%, one hour, twenty questions, scheduled by last week of the Spring Term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50% overall grade.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit written examination only to be taken in August/September, as part of the overall examination arrangements for the MSc programme. 

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6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Additional cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence and any other expenses incurred for the purpose of the placement (in the UK or abroad)

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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