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An Evening Masterclass in Financial Markets

London Stock Exchange Group Academy
Course summary
Length: 18 hours
Location: Nationwide
Next available date: Please enquire to discuss - United Kingdom
Course type: Company-Specific / In-House

Course description

An Evening Masterclass in Financial Markets

An Evening Masterclass in Financial Markets - In-house Course

This in-house course offers participants a thorough, straightforward introduction to the way that the global financial market place operates today. The course will explain the principal markets and products traded within it in an interactive format. Whatever your objectives, this course will answer your questions.

The course includes an overview of commercial and investment banking, foreign exchange, money and bond markets, stock markets and derivatives and an up to date analysis of the global financial crisis and its ongoing impact all in clear, easy to understand terms.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is suitable for those requiring a broad understanding of today's financial markets, including:

  • Recent graduates who have joined City institutions
  • Lawyers, accountants, consultants, compliance, internal audit, HR, IT and Public Relations professionals who seek to broaden their knowledge
  • Anybody new to the City needing to gain a broad understanding of today’s financial markets
  • Non-executive directors and trustees of pension funds who wish to familiarise themselves with financial market activities

Outcome / Qualification etc.

This programme is worth 27 CPD points.

Training Course Content

Week 1 - Introduction & Overview

  • Functions of the world's financial markets - transferring funds and risk
  • What are efficient markets?   How are they structured? Who is involved?
  • The clearing and settlement processes
  • Sell-Side (Investment Banks) vs. Buy-Side (Institutional Investors)
  • The roles of the regulator
  • The financial crisis
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 2 - Economics and Financial Markets

  • What economic data matters to the markets?
  • Why is the City so driven by statistics from overseas?
  • Data that is important to money markets, bond markets and to stock markets
  • How traders interpret and use data, and how the statistics are produced
  • Where do we stand at present, and what can we expect in future?
  • Key things to watch in 2017 - Brexit and beyond?
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 3 - Foreign Exchange, Interest Rates & Central Banks

  • How and why the foreign exchange market functions
  • Currency types – Sterling, Dollars, Euro, Yen
  • Spot, Cross and Forward Exchange Rates
  • Interest Rates - LIBOR & Repo and other Money Market instruments 
  • The role of the Central Bank
  • Commodities and Property as asset classes
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 4 - The Bond Markets

  • What is a bond? Public and private offerings, MTN and other programmes
  • Bond issuers
  • Bond Structure and pricing - Coupons and Yields, Yield Curves
  • Risks
  • Corporate Bonds and Credit Ratings - the role of the Rating Agencies
  • London’s Order Book for Retail Bonds
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 5 - The Equity Markets

  • Primary Markets  - Types of flotation
  • The Main Market v AIM; alternative trading facilities
  • Secondary Markets – instruments traded and key participants
  • Corporate actions - Share Splits, Rights Issues, Buybacks, Dividends
  • The regulatory framework
  • A changing environment - High Frequency Trading and Dark Pools, trade reporting and commission allocation
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 6 – Fund and Wealth Management

  • Institutional vs Private Client Asset Management how they differ
  • Investment management styles, active versus passive; the role of ETFs
  • Impacts of changing legislation affecting pension fund trustees
  • How is the asset management world changing?
  • What drives strategic asset allocation?
  • Hedge funds and other specialist investment vehicles
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 7 - The Derivatives Markets

  • What are Derivatives? Exchange Traded vs. OTC
  • Options - Terminology, for Hedging or Speculation?
  • Swaps - Interest Rate and Credit Default swaps; Counterparty risk  limitation
  • Futures - Margin requirements and Leverage - Risk and exposure, role of the Clearing House
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 8 – Corporate Finance and Investment Banks

  • Overview of corporate finance
  • M&A case study
  • IPOs and secondary issues
  • Private equity
  • Banks as depositories,  trustees and prime brokers
  • Wrap up quiz

Week 9 – Banking and Financial Institutions

  • Traditional corporate and global banking – changing models
  • Challenger and shadow banks
  • NBFIs
  • Sifs
  • Banking post-financial crisis
  • Wrap up quiz


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As the training arm of the world-renowned London Stock Exchange Group, LSEG Academy works to help professionals develop the practical skills they need to navigate today's rapidly evolving financial markets. Academy designs, develops and delivers courses for clients across the...

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