Mastering the Essentials of the Global Financial Industry

Why Attend

Mastering the Essentials of the Global Financial Industry is designed to provide an introductory insight into and overview of the global financial industry, financial markets, and macro-economic drivers of capital flows. It is supplemented with an examination of major financial asset classes, portfolio theory, asset allocation, and risk management.

The course will examine the business models and resilience of financial institutions, the activities of buy-side and sell-side firms with regards to financial products, securities and derivatives, the global regulatory framework and the capacity of financial activity that lead to bouts of financial instability and systemic risk.  It will also cover techniques in risk management and the impact of Basel III and other regulations and legislation that have been introduced following the 2007/2008 financial crisis.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply global capital markets analytical skills
  • Develop a deep understanding of the practices of modern finance
  • Demonstrate advanced competence within the financial regulatory community
  • Explain the interrelation of financial instruments in modern markets
  • Apply state of the art techniques in financial risk management
  • Apply best-practice knowledge within the buy side or sell side of financial institutions

Target Audience

This course is designed to be beneficial for the full spectrum of management personnel, including senior executives, working within the banking sector, asset management companies, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, hedge funds, as well as those engaged in risk controls in middle and back-office functions within the financial services sector.  The course is also beneficial for the customers of financial services.

Target Competencies

  • Modern finance best practice
  • Global capital markets and global capital flows insight
  • Thought leadership
  • Technical proficiency across finance platforms
  • Best practice analytical skills


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

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When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • Functions and Business Models of Financial Institutions
    • Commercial banks and deposit takers
      • Maturity transformation model
    • The sensitivity of the banking sector to market stress
      • Deposit insurance
      • Resolution
      • Living wills
      • Bail-in instruments
    • Insurance companies
      • Asset/liability management
      • Risk tolerance
      • Economic capital
    • Structure and functions of Investment Banks (IB’s)
      • Financing
      • Client facilitation
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Contrast business models of buy-side firms
      • Asset managers and sell-side firms
      • IB’s
    • Fund management
      • Pension funds
      • Defined benefit versus defined contribution
    • Investment management
      • Performance ratios
      • Benchmarks
      • Passive versus active
    • Hedge funds
      • Hedge fund size
      • Assets Under Management (AUM)/incentive fees business model
      • Regulatory oversight
  • Macro-Economic Drivers of Financial Markets
    • Growth Domestic Product (GDP) growth, productivity, employment, capacity utilization
    • Increasing role of emerging market (EM) economies, frontier markets, and frontier currencies
    • Interest rate differentials
      • Comparison of short term rates
      • US, EU, UK, Japanese rates
    • Foreign Exchange (FX) carry trade
      •  Traditional pairs and increasing use of the dollar as a funding currency
    • Balance of payments, trade imbalances, capital flows
    • Inflation outlooks for developed and developing economies
      • Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI)
    • Productivity differentials
      • Costs for labor and capital, and Return on Investment (ROI)
    • Geo-political events
      • Political crises, currency wars, trade policy
  • Monetary Policy of Central Banks
    • Monetary policies of the US, EU, UK, Japan, and China
      • Quantitative Easing (QE)
      • Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT)
      • Capital controls
    • Traditional tools of open market operations
      • Liquidity provisioning, reserves
    • Unorthodox techniques
      • QE/asset purchase programs
    • Yield curve characteristics
      • Influence of short term rates on long rates
    • Macro-prudential tools
      • Scope and purpose
    • Status of non-discretionary policy guidelines
      • Taylor ratio
    • FX reserves management
      • Role of EM central banks in managing FX rates
    • Implications of interest rate policy normalization for asset markets, impact on EM
  • Overview of Risk Management
    • Statistical nature of risk versus absence of probabilistic dimension to uncertainty
    • Summarizing the principal types of financial risk
    • Types of risk
      • Market risk and capital adequacy
      • Credit risk
      • Liquidity risk
      • Sovereign risk
      • Systemic risk
      • Operational, legal and reputational risk
    • Methodological principles of Value at Risk (VaR)
      • Are financial returns normally distributed?
    • Risk/reward concepts from the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
    • Modeling risk scenarios
      • Stress testing
      • Regressions based on outlier values
      • Monte Carlo simulations
      • Backtesting
    • Hedging strategies
      • Use of swaps and other derivatives to manage risk
    • Corporate governance issues
      • Conflicts of interest
      • Internal risk control processes
      • Non-executive directors (NED’s)
    • Major regulatory initiatives
      • Sarbanes-Oxley
      • Dodd-Frank Act
      • BCBS and Basel II and III
      • Revamped UK regulatory structure
      • Financial Stability Board
  • Root Causes of Financial Instability and Systemic Risk
    • Historical illustrations of investment manias (e.g. South Sea Bubble, 1929 Crash, 1987 Crash, Asian Crisis, Japanese asset markets crash 1990, Nasdaq Collapse 2000/1)
    • Special characteristics of the systemic crisis of 2007/8
      • Counterparty credit risk
      • American International Group (AIG)
    • Financial contagion
    • The joint probability of defaults, left tail dependencies, heightened asset movement correlations, tail risk
    • Macro-economic theory
      • How satisfactory are mainstream explanations for crashes?
    • Credit cycles
      • Boom/bust
      • Excessive leverage
      • Inadequate capital and liquidity
    • Minsky’s view of the inherent instability of financial systems
    • New directions in explaining “non-rationality” in economic behavior, over-confidence, cognitive and emotional dissonance, “herding behavior”
    • Episodic crashes from market microstructure
      • 1987 program trading
      • 2010 “Flash Crash”