154-0552/02 – Personal Finance (PF)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of FinanceCredits3
Subject guarantorIng. Kateřina Kořená, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Kateřina Kořená, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2013/2014Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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KOR21 Ing. Kateřina Kořená, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of this course is to get students acquianted with the principals of the financial literacy, i.e. personal financial planning and using of appropriate financial products. The students will be able to: - understand basic securities, - compare financial products, - understand principles of investment including collective investment, - define the work of financial adviser, - create own personal investment portfolio.

Teaching methods



The course is focused on achieving basic knowledge of personal and family finance and financial literacy. The aim of this course is to get students acquainted with using of the appropriate financial products and understanding the work of financial advisor. The students will be able to compare particular financial products,to define the work of financial advisor and be familiar with basic principles of his/her work and to create own personal investment portfolio.

Compulsory literature:

KAPOOR, J. R., L. R. DLABAY and R. J. HUGHES. Personal Finance. 11th ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2014. 880 p. ISBN 978-0077861643. MISHKIN, Frederic S. and Stanley G. EAKINS. Financial Markets and Institutions. 8th ed. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2014. 704 p. ISBN 978-0133423624. PECK, Sarah. Investment Ethics. 1st ed. USA: Wiley 2011. 304 p. ISBN 978-0-470-43453-6.

Recommended literature:

CALLAGHAN, George S., Ian FRIBBANCE and Martin HIGGINSON, Personal Finance. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan in association with The Open University, 2012. 487 p. ISBN 978-0-230-34811-0. CHAMBERS, Donald R., Mark Jonathan Paul ANSON, Keith H. BLACK and Hossein KAZEMI. Alternative Investments: CAIA level I. 3rd ed. Hoboken: Wiley, 2015. 935 p. ISBN 978-1-119-00336-6. MADURA, Jeff. Personal Fnance. Boston: Pearson, 2014. 653 p. ISBN 978-0-13-299434-7. CLASON, George S. The Richest Man in Babylon. Great Britain: Amazon, 2007. ISBN 978-1-5304-3902-7. JOHNSON, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese? London: Vermilion, 1999. 96 p. ISBN 0-09-181697-1. KIYOSAKI, Robert. Rich Dad, Poor Dad. USA: Sphere, 2002. 256 p. ISBN 978-0751532715.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

There are no other requirements on the students.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Financial investment,investment process.Financial planning, typical family financial targets. Family finance, household balance sheet and cash-flow, household savings. Household budget, importance of nest egg and insurance. Financial mathematics, time value of money, basic household situation application. Insurance products, life and disability insurance, non-life insurance, correct insurance, most frequent insurance mistakes. Pension system, pension funds. Pension system reform. Advantages and disadvantages of investing in pension funds. Securities – bonds, shares, mutual fund shares. Short-term and long-term investing. Household portfolio of securities. Collective investment, investing in mutual funds. Open-ended and close-ended funds. Types of funds. Hedge funds. Active and passive investment strategies. Bank products, deposit accounts, credit products, mortgage loans, consumer lending, credit cards,building loans. Household savings structure, preferences of saving ways and styles, household debts. Comparison of Czech and foreign household portfolios. Principles of financial portfolio creation,good and bad debt,diversification, dollar cost averaging. Financial independence, financial freedom - explanation of the terms, their importance to family finance,cash-flow quadrant. Alternative investments - yield, risk, liquidity. Investing in tangible assets (real estates, commodities, collectibles). Inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, their ifluence on family finance. Investment psychology, value of money, relation to the own property, analysis of the investor behaviour in the financial markets. Financial institutions, history and development of financial institutions, regulation of financial institutions and financial market from the view of the personal finance. Present-day situation in the Czech financial market and global financial markets. The role of the financial advisor, the ethical treatment of the client, ethics and information, ethical reporting, ethics in financial markets. Concrete examples of unethical consultancy and investing.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2013/2014 Winter semester)
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Examination Examination 100  51
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