An Evening Masterclass in Financial Markets

22 September - 24 November 2015

(18:00 - 21:00)

Training Programme Overview

An Evening Masterclass in Financial Markets, taking place over 10 weeks, offers an invaluable and straightforward introduction to the mechanics of today's global financial market place. Designed to explain the principal markets and the products traded, this course is deliberately participative and interactive in nature and, whatever your learning objectives, is designed to ensure your questions are answered.

It describes the financial world in clear, easy to understand terms and provides a comprehensive overview of commercial and investment banking, foreign exchange, money and bond markets, stock markets and derivatives and an up to date analysis of the global financial crisis and its ongoing impact.

Why attend the training programme?

Attend and you will gain full insight into the origins of the financial markets, the key players and the role of the regulatory institutions. Acquire a thorough grounding in the main financial products and how they are used, including: bonds, equities, futures and forwards, swaps and options.  It will emphasise the practical rather than theoretical and will unravel some of the mystique and jargon surrounding today’s financial markets. In addition to addressing the traditional asset classes, the course will look at alternative investments and those associated with them.

Who should attend?

  • Recent graduates who have joined City institutions
  • Compliance, internal audit, HR, IT and Public Relations professionals who seek to broaden their knowledge
  • Anybody new to the City needing to gain a broad understanding of today’s financial markets
  • Non-executive directors and trustees of pension funds who wish to familiarise themselves with financial market activities

Course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all 10 weekly seminars
  • Printed copies of all study materials
  • Jargon buster - A glossary of market terms
  • Recommendations for further reading from course tutors
  • Networking opportunities including post-course drinks and canapes
  • Membership of Masterclass Alumni group 
  • Post-seminar tests to monitor your learning progress
  • Access to the London Stock Exchange Academy e-learning platform where you can ask further questions of the course tutors, catch up on any seminars that you may have missed and network with your peers
  • Certificate of attendance


All our trainers are or have been market practitioners with extensive industry experience. This practical background enhances the learning experience and is one aspect that distinguishes the quality of our training. We coach and challenge our participants to ensure they can apply their learning back in the workplace. Each week's training will be led by a trainer specialised in the subject area and facilitated by the Course Director.  To view a sample of the trainers for this programme, please click here. 

Course director: Martin Russell DL FCT

Martin gained treasury and corporate finance experience in banking, starting in the 1970’s and then in two FTSE 100 corporates and a mortgage bank.

Martin provides financial and business education to institutions including domestic and overseas regulatory bodies, central banks and Lloyd’s, to banks of all sorts, insurance brokers and underwriters, major law firms, corporations like the Financial Times and Thomson Reuters, and to the public sector – government departments and agencies, the Bank of England, City of London Corporation and to individual MPs and Peers.  He has also been the Course Director of the renowned FT ‘Introducing the City’ evening programme.  He has delivered five annual programmes for Members of Parliament and for Members of the House of Lords on behalf of the Industry & Parliament Trust. He lectures at Middlesex University Business School and elsewhere.

Martin has been a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers since 1981. 

CPD points: This programme attracts 30 CPD points.

Location:  London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Square, London  EC4M 7LS.

Course fee: £1,950 + VAT (10 x 3 hour seminars)