Key Details

Duration: 4 Days

Available: In-House only

Overview

The Introduction to Investment offers a comprehensive introduction to the financial services sector, with a specific focus on investments. It is the foundation exam for many higher level CISI qualifications. The qualification covers key financial principles and products in depth including assets and markets, equities, bonds, derivatives and investment funds....

The Introduction to Investment offers a comprehensive introduction to the financial services sector, with a specific focus on investments. It is the foundation exam for many higher level CISI qualifications.

The qualification covers key financial principles and products in depth including assets and markets, equities, bonds, derivatives and investment funds. It explores the broader economic environment in which the financial services sector operates and looks at how economic activity is determined and managed in different economic and political systems. The qualification offers a first introduction to financial services regulation and ensures candidates are provided with an understanding of ethical behaviour and acting with integrity.

Who is this for?

It is suitable for new entrants to the professional sector and staff who are beginning their career in financial services. The broad topics covered make the qualification suitable for all staff, not just those responsible for making investment decisions, including administration, finance and accounting, IT, customer services, sales and marketing and HR and training.

<strong>Element 1 - Introduction</strong> 1.1 The Financial Services Industry <strong>Element 2 - Economic Environment</strong> 2.1 Economic Environment <strong>Element 3 - Financial Assets and Markets</strong> 3.1 Providing information 3.2 Cash Deposits 3.3 Money Market Instruments 3.4 Property
3.5 Foreign Exchange Market <strong>Element 4 - Equities/Stocks</strong> 4.1 Equities/Stocks <strong>Element 5 - Bonds</strong> 5.1 Characteristics 5.2 Corporate Bonds <strong>Element 6 - Derivatives</strong> 6.1 Derivatives Uses 6.2 Futures 6.3 Options 6.4 Terminology 6.5 Derivatives/Commodity Exchanges 6.6 Swaps <strong>Element 7 - Investment Funds</strong> 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Open-Ended/Mutual Funds 7.3 Close-Ended Investment Companies 7.4 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 7.5 Exchange-Traded Funds 7.6 Hedge Funds 7.7 Private Equity <strong>Element 8 - Financial Services Regulation</strong> 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Financial Crime 8.3 Insider Trading and Market Abuse <strong>Element 9 - Other Financial Products</strong> 9.1 Retirement Planning 9.2 Loans 9.3 Mortgages 9.4 Life Assurance