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Financial Markets Boot Camp


02 months programme including 12 half-day online training sessions

The course is split up into 12 online training sessions each 3.5 hours. The detailed content and the dates of the sessions are given below under Course Outline.

01st Oct – 30th Nov, 2020

Price per participant: 2,800 EUR 

Target Group

This course is designed to junior financial market dealers, early career corporate and bank treasurers, as well as operations staff (including IT) or other financial professionals.

Junior financial professionals, after their graduation in a finance or a business related topic, have gained first experience in the financial markets on the job already and are working in specific areas with dedicated tasks.

The course gives them the opportunity and time to get away from all-day routines and go back - in a very condensed way - to the school/university desk, refresh and deepen their knowledge and understand financial markets from a holistic fundamental view building upon their already gained experience.

Learning Target

Although the course has an academic and quantitative foundation it is practical orientated with many interactive (often excel based) exercises and case studies based on real market events. After finishing the course the students should have gained a deep and long lasting knowledge of some of the most fundamental principles in finance from which they will benefit throughout their entire career.

Students can benefit from more time between the sessions to digest the content between the modules. Exercises will be given as homework task after each module which helps the students to review the content and test their comprehension of the discussed topics.


  • Mathematical Foundations (Excel, Analysis, Stochastic)

  • Introduction to Financial Markets

  • Asymmetric Products

  • FX products, FX pricing and FX settlement

  • Risk Management

  • Regulation


Lecture, discussion, individual and group exercises, case studies and reading materials on FS e-learning platform

Course Outline

Module 1 - Mathematical Foundations ( 16th and 18th June )


  • Set Up
  • VBA


  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Partial Derivatives
  • Taylor-Series


  • Statistical Measures
  • Variance/Covariance
  • Binomial Distribution
  • Normal Distribution
  • Quantiles

Module 2 - Introduction to Financial Markets (23rd and 25th June)

Core principles of Financial Markets

  • Time Value of Money
  • Present Value
  • Bonds

Today’s Financial Markets

  • Market participants
  • Different Markets
  • Financial Crisis 2008/09

Symmetric Products

  • Yield Curve
  • Forward
  • SWAP and FRA
  • Futures

Module 3 - Asymmetric Products (30th June and 2nd July)


  • Type of Options
  • Option Strategies

Binomial Tree Model

  • One Step Model
  • Generalization
  • Volatility

Black Scholes Model

  • Pricing European Call/Put Options
  • Implied Volatility

Module 4 - FX (7th and 9th July)

FX Products

  • FX Spot,
  • FX Forward
  • FX Swap

FX Pricing

  • Calculation of Cross Rates
  • Calculation of FX Forward Rates and Swap Points

FX Settlement

  • Non-Deliverable Products
  • Continuous Linked Settlement

Module 5 - Risk Management (14th and 16th July)

Definition of Risk

Market Risk

Value at Risk

Credit Risk

Other Risks

Module 6 – Regulation (21st and 23rd July)

Basel III



Market Abuse Regulation

EU Banking Union

Dodd-Frank (inlc. Volcker Rule)

Glass-Steagle Act