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This is a course for postgraduate research students with the emphasis on research topics/issues related to financial institutions, with a focus on banks. Insurance services are also covered to some extent. This course will cover the following specific topics related to financial institutions economic growth, risks/crises, regulation, macro and firm-level corporate governance, different aspects of bank loans (M&As, relationship banking, information asymmetry, loan covenants), and current/other issues in research in financial institutions, among many other factors. This course basically follows the above sequence in designing the outline.