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Financial Markets - An Introduction

This course introduces the major financial markets. What are their functions? Who needs them? What products do they offer? Where are they? How do they operate? How are they changing?

 

Broadly speaking, the course outlines the financial markets’ defining characteristics, focusing on the way in which money shifts between participants. More specifically, it describes the types of financial market, the products offered, the people/participants involved, and the different types of marketplace.

  • OBJECTIVES

    On completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Describe the broad categories of financial markets – investment/funding markets, transactional markets, and risk management markets – and their purpose

     

    Identify the key participants in these financial markets and the roles they play

     

    Explain the difference between exchange-traded and off-exchange/OTC markets, and how the distinction between the two is becoming increasingly blurred

  • COURSE OUTLINE

    Topic 1: Overview of Financial Markets

    What is a Financial Market?

    Size of Global Financial Markets

    Impact of the Global Financial Crisis

    Types of Financial Market

    o Funding/Investment Markets

    • Long-Term vs. Short-Term Funding

    • Debt vs. Equity Funding

    • Equity

    • Debt

    • Short-Term Debt

    • Primary & Secondary Markets

    • Capital Structure

    • Funding Breakdown

    o Transactional Finance

    • Foreign Exchange

    • Trade Finance

    • Commodities

    o Risk Management

    • Insurance

    • Derivatives

    Topic 2: Market Participants

    Key Market Players

    o Banks

    • Shadow Banking

    o Institutional Investors

    o Corporates

    o Individuals

    o Governments/Sovereigns

    o Regulators

    o Funding/Investment Markets

    Topic 3: Marketplaces

    The Importance of Liquidity

    Exchange Trading

    OTC Trading

    Exchange Trading vs OTC Trading: Blurred Lines Public vs. Private Markets

    Financial Centers

  • PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

    No prior knowledge is assumed for this course.

  • ESTIMATED COMPLETED TIME

    75 Minutes

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