Introduction to Financial Markets

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.


For individuals new to investment banking and the financial markets

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course participants should understand
– The role of capital markets
– The needs and drivers of market participants and investors
– The key characterisitics of trading systems

Course Content

Overview of Capital Markets
‐ Money markets
‐ Debt and equity markets
‐ key characteristics of capital markets

Market Participants
‐ Buy-side investors
‐ Risk appetite and time horizon

Trading Systems
‐ Trade flow evolution
‐ Quote-driven markets
‐ Order-driven markets


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Why study with Alpha?

Innovation and creativity born from experience

We are thought leaders in instructional and learning journey design and holistic solution architects. We have extensive finance and investments experience combined with skills application to deliver performance improving results. We develop immersive learning environments that maximize time to productivity, support talent retention and added value to improving quality of hires.

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We are focused on mining the embedded organisational intellectual capital for the benefit of the next generation. We create and curate best in class practice gathered from our experience with the leading financial institutions. We design our programmes with the end in mind – what results are you trying to achieve with this intervention? What metrics will we set ourselves to achieve that?

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Quality and innovation, using current market and industry best practices, have made us a trusted partner in delivering dynamic and motivating training for the financial and capital markets. Our programmes are generation proof and responsive to evolving learner needs and styles. Our solutions use a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy that expands beyond relationships between the learner and learning provider. We create connections with managers, peers and the wider business to drive impactful return on investment..

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