Last year, the London Stock Exchange Group Academy approached me to develop a two-week course designed for people who want to experience the institutional world of investment and to start their first leg of their career in the City. We put together the Institutional Trader programme which is marked by the FCA registered Knightsbridge Trading Academy. Students are prepared for the CISI’s International Introduction to Securities and Investment exam which they take the qualification exam. The course is delivered at the London Stock Exchange and at Tower 42 in the City.
The second week moves into more specialised learning ending with live trading on an institutional trading simulation platform taking the role of a bank FX market maker. After the two weeks, students have access to specially recorded eLearning in advanced subjects such as risk, commodities fundamentals, how hedge funds operate……I run bi-weekly live webinars and short tests after the release of each video. The e-Learning adds a month to the two-week face to face learning.
We have run this course once this year and had nearly 30 attendees from Europe, Asia and Africa. It was a great course. The attendees loved it. They especially appreciated leaving with a professional qualification. They said the best and most exciting part was the live simulation. It was very realistic with breaking news, squawk box, phones to be answered, clients demanding quotes and re-quotes. It was intensely exciting. They worked in groups of four breaking the dealer’s job down to, one person watching the news, one watching iCap and the other brokers, one answering the client’s phone calls and one doing the trading on Matching. All were watching the book and the trading limits. One said, I now understand why these bank traders earn so much. They really earn it.
The course will run again in October. Places are limited and it will be full again. Find out more HERE. Ask me firstname.lastname@example.org if this would be suitable for you or your staff. I guarantee you will leave with a head full of financial knowledge, institutional experience and possibly a professional qualification.