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Virtual: Financial Markets and Instruments (FMI)

Invitation

Session No.: CT 21.02V

Location: Beijing, China

Date: January 18-22, 2021 (1 week) New dates

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Mid-level to senior officials in central banks, ministries of finance, and financial regulatory agencies who are interested in more advanced finance topics than those covered in the Financial Market Analysis course.

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    Qualifications

    Participants are expected to have an advanced degree in economics or finance or equivalent work experience. The course requires heavy use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, with which participants are expected to be proficient.

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, is designed to give participants a foundation in financial instruments beyond the standard treatment of bonds and equity covered in the FMAx course. The course takes on forwards, futures, swaps, and options and moves to combining these building block instruments with practical applications. Some time is devoted to the policy implications, notably related to regulation of financial markets, though a separate course devoted to financial sector policies is recommended for those interested in this topic. Lectures introduce the underlying theory, while workshops and case studies allow participants to apply the techniques introduced and test their understanding of how and why some strategies and misuse of financial instruments can lead to large losses and financial instability.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: Explain the economic rationale for various financial instruments and markets. Identify and use the building blocks presented in the course to construct financial instruments. Use basic pricing models to identify possible mispricing and misuse of financial instruments. Identify threats to financial stability in markets and instruments based on case studies of previous financial crises. Extract lessons from previous financial stability threats to try to prevent their recurrence.

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