Introduction to Financial Markets

Financial markets matter for investors, borrowers, businesses, governments, and even entire economies. And they should matter to you, not just because of the career you’ve chosen but also because they affect your everyday life.

 

This programme is aimed primarily at new recruits to banking and financial institutions, in addition to support staff looking to expand their knowledge of modern financial markets and products. More experienced personnel may also find the programme useful if they want to improve or update their knowledge of specific areas.

Objectives

The programme introduces the major financial markets, from stocks and bonds to foreign exchange and money markets. It provides the answers to questions such as:

Who needs financial markets?

Why do they need them?

What products and services do these markets offer?

Where are they located?

How do they operate?

How are they changing?

Prerequisite Knowledge

Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

Learner Profile

This programme is designed for:

New recruits to banking and financial institutions

Operations and Support Staff

Sales and Marketing Executives

• Finance and accounting staff

IT staff

Compliance and Regulatory Staff

Personnel Managers and Recruitment Staff

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Courses In This Programme

  •    FINANCIAL MARKETS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    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.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

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    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

  •    MONEY MARKETS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    This course focuses on wholesale money markets, which are markets where the lending/borrowing or buying/selling of short-term funds and securities occurs between large institutions such as banks, institutional investors, corporations, and central banks. The course describes the main market participants, including commercial banks and money market funds, and the key products, such as interbank lending, repos, short-term government securities (“bills”), and commercial paper (CP). The course also looks at the major pricing issues in the money markets as well as some developments in recent years in relation to pricing benchmarks.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Financial Markets – An Introduction

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  •    FOREIGN EXCHANGE  (FX) MARKET - AN

       INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    This course explores the hugely popular FX market and its role in the global economy. The course outlines the composition of exchange rates, how currencies are traded, and the benefits of currency trading markets.

     

    We examine topics such as the difference between hard and exotic currencies, the reason for the importance of the US dollar, the euro, the different exchange rate systems, and the major currency pairs that are traded globally on a daily basis.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

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  •    BOND MARKETS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    While stock markets are more familiar to the general public, far more capital is raised by issuing debt rather than equity. Bond markets are a critical source of finance for governments, banks, corporations, and other borrowers. In the provision of such finance, these markets offer investors a practically unlimited array of risk and reward profiles.

     

    This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of bonds as a fixed income instrument, covering the key features and terminology associated with these securities in addition to outlining the role of the major players in the market.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

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  •    BOND MARKETS - ISSUING & TRADING

    Overview

    How can a borrower (issuer) ensure that its bonds raise sufficient funds at the best price? How are those bonds distributed amongst investors? As described in this course, these two elements are addressed in different ways across bond primary markets.

     

    The course also looks in detail at secondary market trading and settlement practices. Trading is largely over the counter (OTC) rather than exchange-based, with electronic marketplaces becoming increasingly more important in recent times.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

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  •    EQUITY MARKETS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    Equity markets have undergone profound changes in recent years. The majority of trading still takes place on stock exchanges, with the bulk of business concentrated in a small number of countries. But there has been consolidation among traditional exchanges, while the market has also seen fragmentation with the emergence of new trading venues. Alongside these developments, equity trading has been completely transformed by high frequency trading firms.

     

    This course describes these structural changes in addition to providing an overview of some basic equity market concepts, such as the different types of equity security and fundamental stock valuation metrics.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

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  •    EQUITY MARKETS - ISSUING

    Overview

    The term “IPO” has been a buzzword for many years now, but is just one of a number of potential sources of funds available to companies. This course describes the equity issuance (primary) market in its different forms. This incorporates the public sale of existing private shareholdings, private transfers between investors, and the creation of new equity. The course covers highly visible initial offerings (IPOs and privatizations), private transactions, and various forms of subsequent issuance such as rights offerings.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Previous knowledge of this area is not required.

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