The course provides a fundamental knowledge of Financial intermediation and innovation in financial services. The aim of the course is to provide students with basic but essential understandings and methodologies to in depth examine and interpret the role and the dynamics of the financial system. During the course, the structure of the financial system, the technical features of financial instruments and the regulatory context will be investigated, ensuring specific attention to the evolution of financial systems as well as to the innovation that has characterized both financial services and products recently. Focus will also be on technological innovation (FinTech) and new financing instruments for SMEs. At the end of the course, students shall demonstrate their own understanding of financial aspects of the broader economic system. Furthermore, they shall autonomously assess the dynamics of evolution that characterize financial institutions. Teaching methods consist of lectures and experts’ insights on specific topics, when needed. To develop soft skills, students might be asked to deliver project works to further explore specific topics, which will be presented during the course.