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Advanced Banking and Finance


Advanced Banking and Finance


Academic year 2019/2020

Course ID
Teaching staff
Paola De Vincentiis (Lecturer)
Eleonora Isaia (Lecturer)
Mariacristina Rossi (Lecturer)
3rd year
Related or integrative
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
SECS-P/11 - economia degli intermediari finanziari
Formal authority
Type of examination

Sommario del corso


Course objectives

The course is intended to familiarize students with some specialized empirical methodologies for addressing research questions in banking and finance. The course will be structured along three main topics.


The first topic is focused on the informative content that financial investors may derive from different sources. In particular, we will discuss:

  • the meaning and impact of credit rating on bond pricing,
  • the meaning and impact of financial analysts’ reports and opinions on equity pricing,
  • the drivers of the probability of default implied in credit default swap premia.


The second topic is focused on the main trends and challenges of the banking industry and the asset management industry. In particular, we will discuss:

  • The banking lending activity and its impact on banks profitability in times of negative interest rates era
  • The welfare system: from public pension systems to private schemes
  • The asset management industry. From market to clients: how a portfolio selection process works


The third topic is focused on household saving and financial decisions. In particular:

  • risk aversion and risk premium
  • household choice: saving and portfolio

Results of learning outcomes

Understand that:

  • the prices of financial instruments incorporate information that may be analyzed by investors to make decisions;
  • a change in the information set available to investors will inevitably affect the pricing of financial instruments;
  • negative interest rates and economic recession weaken banks profitabily and change their business models;
  • public pension benefits will decline in the near future urgently requiring a strategic wealth planning; 

Course delivery

Lectures and exercise classes (included Empirical Methods using STATA)



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Learning assessment methods

Assessment methods:

- Analyses of scientific papers

- Oral presentation 

- Written exam: open and mutiple-choice questions

Only the exam immediately after the course will be made up the three separate module scores. Each module exam is worth 10 points. 

In all the retake session,  exams will be in written form and consist in questions/exercises on the three modules.



The course is designed around three main topics:


  • Credit ratings, credit default swaps and analysts‘ forecasts
  • Banking industry and asset management
  • Household choices: savings and portfolio. Behavioral Finance

Suggested readings and bibliography


  • De Vincentiis P. (2010). Accuracy and bias of equity analysts in an environment characterised by higher disclosure. Empirical evidence from the Italian market, in Working Papers Adeimf.
  • De Vincentiis P., Pia P. (2015). Aftermath of the subprime crisis: reputational damages suffered by major and minor rating agencies, in International Review of Business Research Papers.
  • De Vincentiis P., Pia P. (2017). Small Is Beautiful? A Comparison of Major and Minor Credit Rating Agencies Credibility, in International Journal of Business Administration, 2017.
  • Bongiovanni A., De Vincentiis P., Isaia E. (2016). The VIX index: forecasting power and performance in a risk management framework, in Journal of Financial Management, Markets and Institutions, n.4


  • Miskin - Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, Chapter: "Banking and the management of Financial Institutions", Prentice Hall.
  • De Vincentiis P., Isaia E., Zocchi P. (2017). Institutional disparities and asset allocation homologation in Italian defined contribution (DC) pension funds. How do they affect the guarantee commitment?, in Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Cambridge University Press.
  • Jacob A. Bikker, Dirk W. G. A. Broeders, David A. Hollanders, Eduard H. M. Ponds,(2012) PENSION FUNDS’ ASSET ALLOCATION AND PARTICIPANT AGE: A TEST OF THE LIFE-CYCLE MODEL, The Journal of Risk and Insurance,  Vol. 79, No. 3, 595-618.
  • Phil Molyneux, Alessio Reghezza, John Thornton, Ru Xie, (2020), Did Negative Interest Rates Improve Bank Lending?, Journal of Financial Services Research  57:51–68.
  • Riikka Sieva¨nen, Hannu Rita, Bert Scholtens, (2013),The Drivers of Responsible Investment: The Case of European Pension Funds, Journal of Business Ethics  117:137–151.

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