Singapore University of Social Sciences

Financial Translation

Financial Translation (CTI305)


CTI305 Financial Translation familiarizes students with the lexical, structural and stylistic features of financial documents and articles. It equips students with the necessary contextual knowledge in banking and financial sectors and develops their skills in translating financial analysis, prospectuses, annual reports, financial statements, and shareholders’ AGM meeting minutes. Through a comparative study of English and Chinese parallel financial and banking documents, students will be made aware of the operational and documentary conventions that exist in the source and the target country and learn to effectively deal with jargons, terminologies and figures. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate competence in translating financial documents with the style and usage specific to the field.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • The register of financial documents: convention, context and ethics, translation of prospectuses
  • Translation of financial analysis and articles, financial statements
  • Translation of for banking industry
  • Translation for securities investment
  • Translation of annual reports, shareholders’ AGM meeting minutes
  • Translation for budget and political economy news

Learning Outcome

  • Differentiate the language conventions in various types of financial documents in Chinese and English
  • Compare lexical, structural and stylistic features of parallel financial documents and articles in Chinese and English
  • Propose principles and guidelines in translating financial documents
  • Formulate the appropriate strategies in translating financial documents, including figures, terminologies, jargon and expressions
  • Appraise the effectiveness of the translation based on the principles and guidelines
  • Compose the target text of financial documents based on their source text with appropriate formats, conventions and styles
  • Improve other’s translation of financial documents
  • Experiment with different methods in translating and editing financial documents and evaluate their effectiveness
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