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).

Course level



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

This course has an online live option available. Same expert presenters delivering the same content to your desk or mobile over multiple days in short 180 minute sessions. Watch our 5 minute explainer video to find out more.

Online LIVE Dates - - New try before you buy option available for 2018, no obligation to purchase, limited spaces available

All online live sessions are 09:30 am to 12:30pm

Session 1 Session 2
07 March 2018 12 March 2018 Try for Free Book Now
03 September 2018 06 September 2018 Book Now

Course Dates

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London 13 Mar 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 11 Apr 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 14 May 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 08 Jun 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 20 Jul 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 09 Aug 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 20 Sep 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 07 Nov 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now
London 11 Dec 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Spaces Book Now

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