The City & Financial Markets - Introduction


Cost for BPP PD Members: £490 + VAT 6 CPD Hours
(£615.00 + VAT for non BPP PD Members Click Here for details of our membership scheme).

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This course will be of benefit to those who are a new, recent or potential recruit to the financial services industry with little or no knowledge of the City. If you wish to gain a good understanding of financial instruments and the markets on which they trade, then this intensive one-day course is for you.

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At its heart, the City is a market place just like any other. But, it can often seem so much more complicated than that.This intensive one-day course introduces, in a logical and jargon-free way, the basic structure and operations of the City's financial markets. No prior knowledge of the City or financial markets is assumed.

Learning outcomes include obtaining a greater understanding of:

  • Financial Risks Faced by Companies and how the City Can Mitigate Them
  • The Players - A Description of the Functions of:
    • Investment banks
    • Commercial banks
    • Private banks
    • Hedge funds
    • Other financial institutions
  • Role of the Central Bank and Regulator
    • What does the Central Bank do?
    • Role of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Currency and Money Markets
    • Currency market - Spot and forward
    • Money markets - T-bills, certificates of deposit and repos
    • Interest rates - Process of setting rates and implications for the macroeconomy
    • Interest rate swaps
  • Bond Market
    • UK gilts
    • Corporate bonds
    • Ratings agencies
    • Warrants and convertibles
    • Eurobonds
  • Equity Markets
    • Nature of shares - Ordinary and preference
    • Primary market - New issues of equities
    • Secondary market trading
    • Market indices
    • Investor ratios - Earnings per share, Price/Earnings ratio
  • Introduction to Derivatives
    • Futures - Definition and terminology, using futures: speculators/hedgers
    • Options - Definition and terminology, simple uses of options: calls and puts
    • Interest rate swaps
    • Commodity markets
  • Insurance and Shipping Markets
    • Lloyd's of London
    • Baltic Exchange

"A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon request, following attendance."

Course Dates

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London 07 Aug 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 07 Sep 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 05 Oct 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 03 Nov 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 11 Dec 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now

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