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We have selected the following short online courses to enhance your finance skills. Courses are 1-2 hours long, but the effect will last a life-time. We believe, once you know better, you can do better.

An Introduction To Investment Banking


This course reviews the basic structure of an investment bank. It focuses on the basic activities of the different functional areas including sales and trading, corporate finance, compliance etc.

CPD Points: 1
CPD Duration (hours): 1
Access: 12 months from purchase date
Price: R425

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the different parts of the investment bank or Investment Banking Division (IBD) and how they interrelated
  • Know what sales and trading does and the role of research
  • Know key terms like Chinese wall, LIBOR, derivatives, leveraged finance, Financial Sponsors Group (FSG), Financial Institutions Group (FIG)
  • Gain an understanding of the capital structure of companies, the split between debt and equity and how leverage increases returns to equity
  • Understand what bonds and Eurobond markets are and what the Debt Capital Markets (DCM) do
  • Understand what convertible bonds are, as well as asset backed securities such as Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) and Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDO and CDOs)
  • Understand what equities (stocks or shares) are and the work of the Equity Capital Markets (ECM) – in both primary issues (Initial Public Offering or IPO) as a book runner or lead, and in secondary offerings (rights issues)
  • Understand what mergers and acquisitions are

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.

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