Financial Markets

Financial Markets: Part 1

Course Overview:
Financial markets represent the lifeblood of our global economy. These mechanisms promote greater economic efficiency by transferring funds from individuals, businesses and governments with an excess of available funds to those with a shortage. Funds are transferred in the financial markets through the purchase and sale of financial instruments (such as stocks and bonds). Short-term financial instruments are available in money markets, while longer-term financial instruments are purchased and sold in the world's capital markets. Many financial markets have been in existence for hundreds of years; however the modern era has brought along many new innovations such as securitization and the derivatives market.

This program, Financial Markets, Parts 1 and 2, provides an introductory overview of the world's largest financial markets, including the money, bond, stock, mortgage, foreign currency and derivatives markets. The two-part program reviews the various types of financial risk that impact these markets, as well as the economic variables that influence market activity (such as interest rates and monetary policy).

Part 1 discusses financial markets and intermediaries, interest rates, central banking and monetary policy, and money markets. Part 2 discusses capital markets, foreign exchange markets, and derivative markets.



Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, participants should be able to:
  • Identify the unique characteristics of financial markets.
  • Recognize the types of financial instruments traded in financial markets.
  • Identify the roles that financial intermediaries play in financial markets and recognize the various types of financial intermediaries.
  • Recognize how economic variables (such as interest rates and monetary policy) and financial risks impact financial market activity.
  • Calculate 'simple' and 'compound' interest.
  • Identify how a bond's stated interest rate and its yield-to-maturity impacts the price at which it is traded.
  • Recognize the role that the Federal Reserve System ("the Fed") plays in financial markets.
  • Recognize the primary characteristics of the money markets.
  • Identify the types of financial instruments that would be traded in the money markets.

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    Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation:

    None

    Speaker / Author:

    Michael J. Walker
    Mich'l J. Walker, CPA
    Mich'l J. Walker is a New England-based Certified Public Accountant with over fourteen years of accounting experience in the financial services, information technology services and construction industries. He is currently a Vice President at one of the largest financial institutions in the world. He has an extensive technical accounting background that includes hands-on experience with U.S. GAAP, Canadian GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). His expertise includes the accounting for derivatives, fixed income investments & securitizations. He graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Finance (1995) and a M.S. in Accountancy (2000).

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    • 56k or Greater Internet Connection
    • Adobe Acrobat® Reader for the .pdf files
    • Adobe® Flash® Player 9 or higher
    • Modern DHTML Compatible Browser
    • Ram: 256 MB minimum
    • Windows or Mac OS

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    Price (USD)

    Standard Rate: $99.80

    Details

    Course Code : 99WAL06

    Release Date : 03/04/2015
    Expire Date : 07/01/2020
    Credits :
    CPE 4.00
    QAS 4.00

    Course Level : Overview
    Course Type : New Standards
    Length : 3hr 20min
    Passing Grade : 70%
    Field Of Study : Finance
    Theme : Financial Markets

    Format Type : eLearning
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