Introduction to Financial Markets Masterclass

This course provides a gentle overview of financial markets for participants who are new to the industry.

The course will cover the different types of capital markets and the products traded in each. The key players in these markets will be introduced as well as their motivations for investing and the approaches to risk that they might take.

Finally, the course covers the different trading systems and how prices are driven on these platforms.


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

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the purpose of Financial and Capital Markets
  • List and categorise typical market participants
  • Describe and compare market components and instrument categories
  • List a variety of revenue streams for banks
  • Examine some of these sources of money
  • Summarise the changing business model for banks
  • Recognise investors’ primary requirements
  • Understand differences in participants’ approaches and needs
  • Scrutinise the needs of some typical investor types
  • Summarise two two broad types of investment manager
  • Describe the governance and workflow of an investment manager
  • Explain corporates’ need for capital and the costs incurred
  • Identify primary versus secondary markets
  • Evaluate bond risk against reward
  • Understand Primary Equity Issuance, including IPOs and rights issues
  • Describe what makes a successful and efficient equity market
  • Classify different types of order in an electronic market
  • Explain the difference between exchange and OTC trading
  • State the objectives of regulation in financial markets
  • Appreciate the need for these regulations
  • Summarise Basel III and Capital Rules
  • Name a wide array of risks in financial services
  • Review how risk might be managed
  • Understand Value at Risk (VAR.)

Course Content

Unit 1: Role and purpose of financial markets

Unit 2: How banks make money in financial markets

Unit 3: Navigating the industry: Participants’ needs and horizons

Unit 4: Navigating the industry: Institutions and Corporates

Unit 5: Corporates in DCM & ECM

Unit 6: Trading platforms and order execution

Unit 7: Regulation in financial markets – Banks & Basel III

Unit 8: Financial market risks

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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