An Introduction to Financial Markets

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An Introduction to Financial Markets

From financial products to the functioning of financial markets

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon Finance & Accounting,Investing & Trading,Financial Markets


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Course Description

Do you want to understand the financial press, and especially the section on financial markets and products?

Do you want to start a career in financial markets? 

Or do you want to improve your knowledge to become an expert in how to create stakeholder value?

This course will make sure that you can respond to the answers positively in a very fast pace! 

This course includes 16 lectures giving you the basics about financial markets and financial products. Specifically, you will learn about: 

* Different types of finance: corporate finance, asset management and financial market infrastructures

* Equity finance

* How to buy listed shares, including the role of trading venues, brokers. Also the concepts of market orders, limited orders and stop loss orders are explained. 

* Fixed income securities, such as corporate bonds, government bonds and convertible bonds. Also an introduction to asset-based securities is provided. 

* Money market instruments, such as repurchase agreements and commercial paper. 

* Derivatives: options, futures, forwards, and swaps

* Structured products

* Short selling and dark pools

* Financial intermediaries and banks where commercial banks and investment banks are compared. 

* Clearing and settlement

* Portfolio management: the difference between active vs. passive management

* Fundamental analysis (including ratio analysis).

* Technical analysis, where historical stock prices are used to predict future ones. 


What will you learn in this course:

  • Knowledge of the main financial instruments (equity, fixed income, money market instruments, and derivatives).
  • Knowledge on how the entire trade lifecycle works and the different actors (trading venues, investment banks, brokers, central counterparties,etc.).
  • Knowledge on the difference between fundamental and technical analysis
  • Knowledge about the difference between active and passive portfolio management
An Introduction to Financial Markets


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

2 Lectures
  • play icon Welcome movie 00:46 00:46
  • play icon Welcome by the lecturer 06:59 06:59
Different types of finance
1 Lectures
Overview of the main financial products
8 Lectures
Shortselling and dark pools
1 Lectures
Clearing and settlement
1 Lectures
Financial intermediaries and banks
1 Lectures
Portfolio management
1 Lectures
Fundamental vs technical analysis
2 Lectures

Instructor Details

Randy Priem

Randy Priem

Randy Priem is an adjunct professor at United Business Institutes (in partnership with Middlesex University London) where he teaches international financial management, fintech and financial markets to BA (hons) and MBA students. He is also a guest researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where he used to teach corporate finance courses. He conducts research in the area of financial markets, private equity investments, and mutual funds. He is also a research associate at the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels. He published in several international journals such as the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and European Management Review. He presented his work at various international conferences in e.g. Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Brussels, Paris, London, Istanbul, Vallendar, Porto, Nottingham, and Houston. Randy Priem holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and worked as a visiting researcher at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto (Canada).

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