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Financial stability can be defined as a condition in which the financial system is capable of withstanding shocks and the unraveling of financial imbalances. Safeguarding financial stability requires identifying the main sources of inefficiencies in the allocation of financial resources and the mismanagement of financial risks. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of recent theories and empirical findings that constitute the prerequisites to understanding, monitoring, and safeguarding financial stability. The course features a comprehensive treatment of systemic risk in banking, with a special focus on the 2007-08 global financial crisis and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.

We will study the anatomy of modern banking systems and the contagious spread of vulnerabilities in such systems. Moreover, we will study several channels through which systemic banking crises propagate across countries. The course puts large weight on lessons for financial stability policy. In particular, we will review unconventional monetary policy measures and macro-prudential regulatory frameworks aimed at maintaining financial stability.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the main mechanisms behind financial stability and instability
  • Better understand the underlying structures of the global financial system
  • Capture the implications of regulatory reform on the banks and the financial systems
  • Link the regulatory reform to key operations such as risk management
  • Understand the role of key institutions such as rating agencies and central counterparties
  • Capture the main functions of regulating and supervising bodies

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Ludmila Ketterer

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Key Concepts
  • Systemic risk in banking
  • Interconnectedness and contagion
  • Banking crisis resolution
  • Banking sector globalization and financial crisis transmission
  • Unconventional monetary policy
  • Macroprudential regulation and supervision
Course Format

This course is offered in the part-time Master in Finance program and may be attended on a “no credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program.

Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam or earn academic credits. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.


Dr. Norbert Metiu

Dr. Metiu is a senior economist in the General Financial Stability Analysis and Macroprudential Surveillance Division of Deutsche Bundesbank. His research interests include financial stability, international finance and monetary macroeconomics. Norbert received his PhD in economics at Maastricht University in 2011, and obtained his MSc in economics at Corvinus University of Budapest in 2008. Norbert has taught several courses in the field of financial economics at Maastricht University, Goethe University, and GBS. He is winner of the ‘GBS Excellence in Teaching Award’ in the Master in Finance program in 2018.

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee

€ 950 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 400.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Fri., April 5, 2024 18:00 - 20:00
Fri., April 19, 2024 13:00-15:00, 15:30-17:30
Sat., April 20, 2024 09:00-11:00
Fri., May 3, 2024 18:00-20:00
Sat., May 18, 2024 09:00-11:00

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Stephan KieneDuke-Goethe Executive MBA Class of 2009

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