This course addresses the local and comparative rules, standards and regulations, prudential and non-prudential, which govern the licensing and supervision of banks and specialized lending institutions. Other topics discussed in this course include Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, central banks and their functions, with specific emphasis on monetary policies and their direct impact on money supply. The course also deals with the organization of the Palestine Stock Exchange, depository, clearing and property transfer, brokerage firms and their operations, the supervisory role of the Capital Market Authority, and the rules governing the listing and trading of stocks, bonds and derivatives in accordance with national legislation and international standards.