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The Mechanics of Global Financial Markets Distance Learning Course

Explore the global financial industry - 100% online

10 June 2020

Distance Learning

Start Date: 19 June 2019
Duration: 16 weeks, delivered by Distance Learning
Course Faculty: Clive Corcoran
Certification: Post Graduate Certification (optional)

Accredited by Middlesex University

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Clive Corcoran is an FSA registered investment adviser, financial trainer and author. Based in Los Angeles during his early career, his responsibilities included providing financial advice and business management to owners of intellectual property and high net worth individuals. After re-locating to the UK in 2000, he continued to be engaged in providing wealth management services to private clients and in addition has been an adviser to small pension funds. Since 2007 his activities have been primarily as a contractor to financial education providers

His most recent book entitled Systemic Liquidity Risk and Bipolar Markets: Wealth Management in today’s macro risk on/risk off financial environment, was published by Wiley Finance in January 2013, and looks at new challenges facing asset allocators and risk managers in the post financial crisis environment.

Watch this video on Clive Corcoran's career in the global financial markets


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You have a unique opportunity to choose a validated option for this course and receive a Post Graduate Certificate on completion. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. However, if the validated option isn’t important to you there is still the opportunity to take the standard course.

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Course Structure

The course takes place over 16 weeks and comprises eight core units. The units will be released every two weeks from the start of the course. You can download the units or study completely online.

Preview unit 1 of The Mechanics of Global Financial Markets

Assessment and Post Graduate Certification

At the end of each unit there is an assessment that will allow you to benchmark your growth in knowledge and understanding. For those wishing to receive a Post Graduate Certificate from Middlesex University, an additional marked assignment of 5000 words will also need to be submitted. The assignment will be based on an on-going case study that runs throughout the duration of the course.

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The course will examine the business models and resilience of financial institutions, instruments from the principal asset classes as well as derivatives, the overall frameworks and assumptions used by asset allocators in portfolio construction, and the capacity of financial
activity to lead to bouts of financial instability and systemic risk. There will also be an examination of techniques in risk management and regulations that have been introduced following the 2007/8 financial crisis.

Delivered by distance learning, this programme allows you to receive professional training without disrupting your work

The programme utilises a rich mixture of content, including case study reviews, explanations of modelling tools and mechanics of financial instruments within Excel workbooks, and an interactive forum for participants. Access all course materials and receive expert tutorial support whilst peer networking, using this online learning management system. 

There will be an online test at the end of each unit to track your understanding and learning.

Remember, there is also an opportunity to study for a Post Graduate Certification, a chance for you to obtain an academic qualification.

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Distance learning, e-learning and blended delivery

We can tailor this course and its delivery to match your requirements. Whether it is a complete distance learning course or blended learning, we will ensure that our dedicated team and professional trainers will produce and deliver the perfect training programme.

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Don't delay your application. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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