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Financial Markets Boot Camp


02 months programme including 13 half-day online interactive training sessions

The course is split up into 13 online training sessions each 3.5 to 4.0 hours. The detailed content and the dates of the sessions are given below under Course Outline.

01st Nov – 15th Dec, 2020

Price per participant: 2,800 EUR 

*Alumni discount is 10%

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


  • Set Up
  • VBA


  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Partial Derivatives
  • Taylor-Series


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

Module 2 - Introduction to Financial Markets

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


  • 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

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

Definition of Risk

Market Risk

Value at Risk

Credit Risk

Other Risks

Module 6 – Regulation

Basel III



Market Abuse Regulation

EU Banking Union

Dodd-Frank (inlc. Volcker Rule)

Glass-Steagle Act

7. A Trader‘s View

  • A practical Introduction
  • Theory : Recap
  • Practice
      A typical day
      The Anatomy of linear IRD
      What is Volatility?
      The Functioning of a Cap
      Delta {0;1}
      IBOR – Why is it important and what is changing?
      Hedging a Bond Option
      Show Session: Bloomberg, Eurex & More
  • Future Outlook
      Blockchain, Smart Contracts