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The Mechanics of Global Financial Markets (Online)

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Jun 10—Oct 31, 2020
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GBP 2639 ≈USD 3423


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About the course

This unique course has been designed to equip you with foundation level overview of the global financial industry, financial markets and macro-economic drivers of capital flows it is supplemented with an examination of major financial asset classes, portfolio theory, asset allocation and risk management.

The course examines the business models and resilience of financial institutions, instruments from the principal asset classes as well as derivatives, the overall frameworks and assumptions used by asset allocators in portfolio construction, and the capacity of financial activity to lead to bouts of financial instability and systemic risk. There will also be an examination of techniques in risk management and regulations that have been introduced following the 2007/8 financial crisis as mandated by global and national regulators.

The programme utilises a rich mixture of content, including case study reviews, explanations of modelling tools and mechanics of financial instruments within Excel workbooks, and an interactive forum for participants to interact with other students and the course director.

Studying this programme offers you the option of receiving a Post Graduate Certificate from the respected Business School at Middlesex University. This is the only course on this topic that offers you the chance to get this qualification.

The course takes place over 16 weeks and consists of eight distance learning units. Every two weeks an additional unit will be released with the associated assessment so you can pace yourself as you like.



  • Business Models and Drivers of Capital Flows in Global Capital Markets
  • Primary Asset Classes
  • Monetary Policy and Credit Markets
  • Options and Swaps
  • Foreign Exchange and Futures Markets
  • Portfolio Theory, Asset Allocation and Hedge Funds
  • Financial Instability and Risk Management
  • The Regulatory Environment and Corporate Governance


Through distance learning you can enjoy the benefits of studying, whilst minimising disruption to your existing professional commitments. You can set the pace at which you learn; applying the knowledge, skills and expertise gained from the materials to your work straight away. There’s also the huge savings of cost and time by not having to travel to a training location.

There are two routes of study you can take: the university-validated route and the standard non-validated route. Approaching the topics in a modular format, the course will enable you to grasp the key concepts in a practical way and thus helping you build a firm platform on which to expand your knowledge.

You can study the units online, save them to your computer or print them out. You can also take advantage of the online forum to meet your fellow participants and share knowledge, ideas and information at any time.

At the end of each unit there is a practical assessment that will allow you to benchmark your growth in knowledge and understanding and will also show you what a tangible ROI distance learning provides.

Each unit is complimented by a video from the course director, taking you through the components of the course with particular emphasis on complex areas.

Trust the experts

Clive Corcoran

Clive Corcoran has been engaged in the finance and asset management sectors, on both sides of the Atlantic, for more than 25 years. After completing his education in the UK, Canada and the US, he co-founded and became the CEO of an asset management company based in the USA during the 1980s and 90...


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