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Introduction to the City

  • Banking and Financial Markets
  • Duration: One day
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    The City of London continues to maintain its position as a focal point for the world’s financial markets and is home to the UK’s Financial Services industry.

    This entry level programme is designed for both new entrants into finance and those who new to the City and financial markets. We will attempt to de-mystify the jargon, discuss financial services providers, banks and the key financial instruments and how they work.

    The markets continue to evolve, and new initiatives are looked at. The future of the City should be of concern and interest to all.

    No prior knowledge is assumed.


    Who should attend
    Anyone who works in, sells to, supports or wants to know about how “The City” works.


    The City of London
    How the City developed – from goldsmiths to modern investment banks
      Geography of the “Square Mile”
      Finance Market Essentials – credit creation
      Why Regulation is critical- the role of the FSA, BIS
      Global Financial Centres – NY, Chicago, Tokyo, HK, Singapore
      Time zones and the daily trade cycle


    Key Areas of the Financial Markets
    The major markets and how they link together
      Money Markets
      Bonds/Fixed Income
      Foreign Exchange

    The Financial Services Sector
    Buy and Sell side Institutions
      Banks, brokers, prime brokerage
      Hedge Funds, Portfolio/Asset Managers
      Insurance – Lloyds, Swiss Re
      Information vendors – Bloomberg, Reuters
      The London Stock Exchange
      Electronic exchanges- ICE, LME, Eurex, Euronext Liffe


    Banking Focus
      The Bank of England
      The Banking Sector – retail vs investment banks
      How banks make money?
      Structure of a major bank - Front Office, Middle Office, Operations

    Market Initiatives
      Straight Through Processing (STP)
      Move towards Electronic trading, order driven/quote driven
      Demise  of "open outcry"
      What the future holds?

    Who should attend
    Anyone who works in, sells to, supports or wants to know about how “The City” works.

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    As every course we run is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, we can only provide an estimate after fully understanding your specific requirements. Please complete the form below of call +44 (0) 208 894 4977 to discuss how Taylor Associates can help you.

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