Economics for Financial Market Masterclass

This course provides a base in macroeconomic principles, central bank responsibilities and government economic policy.

GDP, inflation and unemployment are examined in turn as the principal economic indicators and their inter-relationship is evaluated. Fiscal and Government policy are investigated and learners are introduced to the role of central banks in financial stability and their operations concerning money supply and setting interest rates.


This course is suitable for anyone new to financial markets or the financial services industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • State basic economics principles and government goals
  • List and explain the constituents of GDP
  • Summarise GDP measures and concerns
  • Evaluate the causes of inflation
  • Describe the different ways of measuring inflation
  • Interpret inflation in relation to other economic measures
  • Explore unemployment definition and types
  • Evaluate unemployment measures and data
  • Study economic influences on and by unemployment
  • Define the main government economic goals
  • Recognise the role of central banks in these endeavours
  • Compare central bank targets and tools at their disposal
  • Describe the methods of money supply control
  • Examine the effect of money supply changes
  • Explore the role of quantitative easing
  • Explain monetary stimulus measures
  • Describe the process of monetary policy transmission
  • Examine central bank mandate similarities and differences
  • Describe fiscal policy principles
  • Examine spending, taxes and budget deficits
  • Monetary and fiscal policy interdependence
  • Define an interest rate
  • Summarise different rates and central bank approaches
  • Explain how central banks set or influence rates

Course Content

Unit 1 – GDP and growth

Unit 2 – Inflation

Unit 3 – Unemployment

Unit 4 – Central banks and their policy role

Unit 5 – Money creation and money supply

Unit 6 – Monetary policy and financial stability

Unit 7 – Fiscal policy growth and deficits

Unit 8 – Interest rates

This Course Includes

  • Learn: 8 micro-learning on-demand videos
  • Check: 8 knowledge checks to validate understanding
  • Apply: 8 hands-on practical exercises and projects
  • Requirements: Access to a computer with an internet connection
  • Accessibility: Access on PC, mobile or TV
  • Certification: Certificate of completion with CPD record


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