Skip to main content
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on pinterest
Share on google
Share on linkedin

Gain a Better Understanding of Financial Markets

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on pinterest
Share on google
Share on linkedin

Southern Oregon University’s MBA with a Concentration in Finance Online provides the financial tools to manage domestic and international assets, investments and retirement portfolios while enhancing your analytical and negotiation skills.

Courses in this program train students in the financial field with principles in investment management, risk management, international finance and corporate finance. This training prepares candidates for high-demand positions, and focuses on globalization, shifting consumer preferences, changing demographic trends and technology.

MBA graduates will have lucrative opportunities offering double-digit growth between 2016 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of November 2019). These positions include:

Position Median Pay Job Growth Outlook
Personal Financial Adviser $88,890 15%
Financial Analyst $85,660 11%
Financial Examiner $80,180 10%

This program has been developed to meet the needs of leading employers in an evolving industry. The curriculum closely matches the findings of a Deloitte study that assessed employer needs, which emphasize an understanding of regulation and risk in financial markets, industry experience and content expertise as well as the capacity to anticipate change and evolving trends.

Courses like Financial Management Practices, Investments, and International Financial Management cover various components of financial markets.

Commercial banking – This involves the management of commercial banks and the objectives, constraints and policies applicable to this field. Asset and liability management, the marketing of services, and other banking functions are core concepts of this industry segment.

Capital markets – These are the systems concerned with raising funding for businesses by dealing in stocks, bonds, venture funding and other instruments. The role of financial institutions, such as stock exchanges, the SEC and the Fed, is crucial to an understanding of the five capital markets:

  1. Stock market: National and global exchanges such as the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq, help public corporations attract the capital they need to grow. Shares of ownership, known as stocks, are sold to individual and institutional investors.
  2. Bond market: A source of larger loans to organizations of all types — from corporations to municipalities — bond markets trade in treasury, municipal and corporate bonds.
  3. Money market: This short-term lending platform offers conservative securities such as certificates of deposit, banker acceptances and repurchase agreements.
  4. Derivatives market: Instruments and strategies based on contracts issued to investors, known as derivatives, are derived from the value of underlying assets. Examples include forwards, futures, options and swaps.
  5. Commodities market: Investors and organizations offset future risks by locking in known prices on commodities like crude oil, electric energy and precious metals.

The challenges financial services employers face with new market players, shifting customer demands and new technologies are immense. To meet these demands, today’s employers need MBA graduates with a solid foundation in financial markets. For top employers in the financial industry, well-educated talent is their most valuable commodity.

Learn more about SOU’s online MBA with a Concentration in Finance program.


Sources:

Deloitte: Talent, Technology, and Transformation

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Personal Financial Advisors

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Financial Examiners

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Financial Analysts

Salary.com: Financial Advisor Salary

Investopedia: What Are Some Examples of Financial Markets and Their Roles?

The Balance: An Introduction to the Financial Markets


Related Articles

Have a question or concern about this article? Please contact us.

Our Commitment to Content Publishing Accuracy


Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only. The nature of the information in all of the articles is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered.

The information contained within this site has been sourced and presented with reasonable care. If there are errors, please contact us by completing the form below.

Timeliness: Note that most articles published on this website remain on the website indefinitely. Only those articles that have been published within the most recent months may be considered timely. We do not remove articles regardless of the date of publication, as many, but not all, of our earlier articles may still have important relevance to some of our visitors. Use appropriate caution in acting on the information of any article.

Need More Information?

Submit this form, and an Enrollment Specialist will contact you to answer your questions.

Or call 800-490-7974

Ready to get started?

Start your application today!

Or call 800-490-7974 800-490-7974

for help with any questions you have.