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4.9 (12 Reviews)

Financial Markets Boot Camp

ACF Academy, In London (+2 locations)
10 days
6,800 - 7,550 GBP, 9,450 USD excl. VAT
Next course start
22 January, 2024 (+3 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
10 days
6,800 - 7,550 GBP, 9,450 USD excl. VAT
Next course start
22 January, 2024 (+3 start dates)
Course delivery
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
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Course description

Financial Markets Boot Camp

The Financial Markets Boot Camp is an intensive and highly practical ten-day course designed to provide a solid preparation for anyone:

  • Planning or starting a career in the global financial markets
  • Transitioning from other divisions to global markets
  • Working in technology who needs a sound knowledge of markets and products

ACF have extensive experience globally of providing highly effective in-house graduate training to the world’s largest banks. Now smaller firms and individuals can also take advantage of our unique blended and experiential learning approach through our Academy. Larger firms with off-cycle hires can also benefit from this program.

Our unique methodology integrates pre-course study using Acumen eLearning, dynamic instruction from our team of industry-expert instructors, and immediate application with challenging simulations using our award-winning Global Trader simulator, as well as real-life case studies and workshops. Gamification is woven throughout to create a highly engaging learning experience.

Participants emerge with practical skills as well as knowledge and retain what they learn.

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Upcoming start dates

Choose between 3 start dates

22 January, 2024

  • Classroom
  • London

22 January, 2024

  • Classroom
  • New York

22 January, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who Should Attend

Anyone who needs to understand how the financial markets work.



Outcome / Qualification etc.


Participants will receive certification of completion and the course carries 70 CPE credits.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this intensive experiential program, you will:

  • Have a solid understanding of the role and functioning of the global capital markets.
  • Be familiar with a wide range of fixed-income and equity products, their uses and applications.
  • Clearly appreciate the features and benefits of derivatives, and the fundamentals of pricing, structuring and hedging.
  • Understand how all these products are used in practice by banks and their customers.
  • Have the opportunity to apply theory to practice using simulation and intensive interactive case studies.

… and will be able to effectively apply their knowledge immediately.

Training Course Content

Pre-Program eLearning

Participants will have access to the Acumen eLearning system in order to study the following foundation topics:

  • Introduction to Investment Banking
  • Introduction to Financial Markets and Products
  • Time Value of Money
  • Basic Statistics

Day One

  • Review of Time Value of Money
  • Money Market Products and Markets
  • Bond Maths
  • Duration and Convexity

Day Two

  • Fixed Income Products and Markets
  • Foreign Exchange Spot Market

Day Three

  • Foreign Exchange Forwards
  • Equities Markets

Day Four

  • The Short-Term Yield Curve and Forward Rates
  • Futures Markets
  • Bond Futures
  • Stock-Index Futures

Day Five

  • Short-Term Interest Rate (STIR) Futures
  • Interest Rate and Currency Swaps
  • End-Week Examination and Review

Day Six

  • Yield Curve Math
  • Swap Pricing and Valuation
  • Principles and Characteristics of Options

Day Seven

  • Option Pricing – An Intuitive Approach
  • Option “Greeks”
  • Hedging using Options

Day Eight

  • Building Option Portfolios
  • Option Trading Strategies
  • Caps, Floors, and Collars
  • Swaptions and Other Interest Rate Derivatives

Day Nine

  • Hedging with Interest Rate Derivatives
  • Overview of Credit Derivatives
  • Single-Name Credit Default Swaps
  • Using Credit Default Swaps

Day Ten

  • Index Products
  • Risk Management and Value at Risk
  • Regulation in the Financial Markets
  • Final Examination and Review

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Over 100,000 professionals trained globally

Award-winning practical financial simulations

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Average rating 4.9

Based on 12 reviews.
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29 Nov 2016
Financial Markets Graduate Training Program

The trainer was excellent. He was extremely personable and was able to draw upon experience from his trading days.

29 Nov 2016
Financial Markets Graduate Training Program
29 Nov 2016
Financial Markets Graduate Training Program

I thought both Will and Steve were very engaging and explained everything thoroughly while also making the notes relevant by giving real world examples.


  • London: £7,550 (plus VAT)
  • New York: $9,450
  • Virtual: £6,800 (plus VAT)

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