An introduction to the City and financial markets


In this course we describe the key functions of the different financial markets in the City of London and how various products are used in these markets to hedge risk. The goal is to demystify a lot of the jargon of the City and explain how the different parts of the City work together.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of purpose of the City and the Buy Side and the Sell Side in the City.
  • Understand some of the risks that companies face and how the City can help to hedge them.
  • Know about major markets in the City including the Money Market, Foreign Exchange, Capital Markets, DCM, ECM, Derivatives Markets, commodities, insurance (Lloyd’s) and shipping (the Baltic Exchange).
  • Comprehend the role of the Bank of England and Regulation.
  • Understand terms like LIBOR, bid offer spread, IPO, eurobond, share, FTSE100 share index, derivative, Future, Option, Swap.

Authored by: John Bolitho
John’s career spans 20 years in financial services both on the buy side and the sell side of finance, with a general focus on advising, and investing in, technology businesses. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and has a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon successful completion of the online course.

CPD Points: 1.5

CPD Duration (hours): 1.5

Access: 12 months from purchase date

Price: £50.00 (excludes VAT)