The City and Financial Markets - introduction

22 July 2019
London, Edinburgh

Member price in Scotland: £272 + VAT
Non-member price in Scotland: £320 + VAT

Please note, the ICAS member discount will be applied after checkout.

Member price in England: £544 + VAT
Non-member price in England: £640 + VAT

Please note, due to differences regarding external costs, courses outside of Scotland are priced separately. ICAS members are eligible for a discounted price on all courses running in England & Wales.

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What you will learn

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.

Who should attend

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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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


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