Graduates can be a lucrative investment. Returns depend on the quality of their onboarding journey and their learning experience.

One-third of new joiners leave within the first year. And it’s not just financial loss that’s eye watering. In fact, you risk a lot – employee engagement, productivity, retention and your brand (read attracting talent) – when you fail to onboard new hires or transition employees effectively.

Effective onboarding requires personalization – empathy and efficiency. Most onboarding programs are generic (fixed curriculum, fixed duration), leading to information overload and low knowledge retention in learners.

We believe that every employee is different and one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we’ve created this best in class graduate training program, which is both empathetic (flexible and informal) and efficent (engaging and relevant). And, it can be seamlessly integrated into your onboarding program.

About this program

This program prepares your new graduate hires for the world of Financial Markets Technology.

With a menu of core and elective courses, this program is flexible yet structured enough to get new employees up to speed without feeling overwhelmed.

Managers and employees can choose the courses depending upon new employee’s background and requirements of the role. This program will greatly reduce their time to competency.

This certification can validate their core financial markets knowledge and also enhance their credibility.


No prior financial markets knowledge or background required.


The curriculum is divided into Finance, Technology and Behavioral. A total of 15 courses (5 core + 10 electives), with a minimum of six from domain and technology each, will satisfy the requirements for this certification.

At a glance

  • 5 core courses

  • 10 electives (out of 40+ courses)

  • 30 quizzes

  • 15 assessments

  • 5 case studies

  • Certificate of completion

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Required Core

  • Overview of Investment Banking – History, business, types of banks, league tables…
  • Business Environment – Key environmental factors, central banks, major players, rating agencies, clearing houses, regulators…
  • Business Functions – M&A, Advisory, Trading, Research, Underwriting, Asset Management …
  • Trends in Investment Banking
  • Technology in Investment Banking

  • Introduction to Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Money Markets
  • Introduction to Bonds
  • Introduction to Financial Mathematics
  • Introduction to Equities
  • Introduction to Foreign Exchange
  • Introduction to Derivatives – Forwards & Futures, Options, Swaps
  • Introduction to Alternative Assets
  • Introduction to Risk Management

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Business Analysis Life Cycle
  • Planning and Monitoring
  • Elicitation
  • Requirement Management and Communication
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Solution Assessment and Validation

  • Objectives
  • What is Project Management?
  • Analyzing the Project Environment
  • Project Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Estimating & Scheduling
  • Completing the Project Plan
  • Project Execution, Controlling, and Closing
  • People Skills for Project Managers
  • Reviewing the Process

  • Business Etiquette
  • Personal Excellence – Can Do Attitude
  • Effective Communication Skills – Verbal and Written including Email, Telephone and VC Etiquette
  • Presentation Skills
  • Goal Settings and Objectives – SMART goals
  • Effective Time Management and Work life balance
  • Working in Teams
  • Cultural sensitivity

Electives Menu


  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Balance of Payments
  • Monetary Policy
  • Interest Rates
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment

  • Overview;Challenges & Opportunity
  • Trade Capture
  • Verification & Confirmation
  • Settlement & Netting
  • Reconciliation
  • Accounting
  • Post-Trade Operations

  • Fixed Income Securities – Types & Characteristics
  • Fixed Income Markets – Issuance, Trading & Funding
  • Bond Prices & Yields
  • Building a Yield Curve
  • Risks associated with Fixed Income Securities
  • Duration, Immunization & Convexity
  • Bond Market Indices

  • Interest Rates
  • Fed Funds Rate
  • Eurodollar Rate
  • Call & Fixed Deposits
  • Treasury Bills
  • Repurchase (Repo) Agreements
  • Money Market Mathematics

  • Forward Contracts
  • Forward Rates
  • Forward Rate Agreements
  • Interest Rate Futures
  • Treasury Bond Futures
  • Eurodollar Futures
  • Interest Rate Options
  • Interest Rate Swaps

  • Corporate Bonds
  • Medium Term Notes
  • Credit Spreads and Curves
  • Credit Analysis
  • Ratings Agencies
  • International Bond Market
  • Eurobond Market
  • Emerging Markets Debt

  • Market Evolution
  • Spot Market
  • Forwards Market
  • Hedging & Cash Management
  • Arbitrage & FX Swaps
  • Factors Influencing the FX Market

  • Primary & Secondary Markets
  • Trading
  • Equity Program Trading
  • High Frequency Trading
  • Dark Pools
  • Equities – Research & Valuation
  • Equities – Returns-Based Valuation
  • Equity Portfolio Management – Risk & Return
  • Equity Portfolio Management – Indexes & Hedging
  • Margin

  • Overview of Derivative Instruments
  • Forwards
  • Futures Markets
  • Equity Futures
  • Interest Rate Futures
  • Introduction to Swaps
  • Swap Applications & Non-vanilla swaps
  • Introduction to Option Valuation
  • Future Asset Prices & Volatility
  • Options Trading Strategies

  • Mutual Funds
  • Closed-End Funds & Unit Investment Trusts
  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Private Banking & Wealth Management
  • Hedge Funds
  • Commodities
  • Structured Products
  • Real Estate

  • Introduction to Risk Management
  • Risk – Measurement & Management
  • Interest Rate Risk – Identification & Measurement
  • Market Risk – Identification & Measurement
  • Liquidity Risk – Identification & Measurement
  • Credit Risk – Identification & Measurement
  • Operational Risk – Identification & Measurement
  • Environment, Social & Ethical Risk Management
  • Introduction to VAR

  • Essentials of Market Risk
  • Managing Market Risk
  • Managing Interest Rate and Foreign Exchange Risk
  • Managing Equities and Commodities Risk
  • Overview of CEM and Counterparty Risk
  • Managing Market Risk for Credit products
  • Stress Testing

  • Introduction to Credit Risk
  • Types of Credit Risk
  • Credit Risk – Measurement & Capital Requirements
  • Lessons from the Financial Crisis

  • Introduction to Banking Regulation
  • Financial Authorities – US, UK, Europe, Asia
  • Basel III – An Introduction
  • Overview of Dodd-Frank Act
  • Overview of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
  • Overview of Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)
  • Overview of Europen Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR)

  • Introduction to Asset Management
  • Introduction to Asset Allocation
  • Market Efficiency
  • Markowitz Model
  • Single-Index & Multi-Index Models
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT)

  • Introduction to M&A
  • Valuation of Targets
  • Antitakeover Strategies
  • Takeover Strategies
  • LBOs
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization

  • Introduction to Prime Brokerage
  • Introduction to Hedge Funds
  • Prime Borker – Institution Relationship
  • Trading & Economic Factors
  • Business Environment
  • Trends in Prime Brokerage

  • Reference Data Services
  • Static data maintenance
  • Legal Entity maintenance
  • Conterparties & SSIs
  • Product master maintenance
  • Price maintenance

  • Software Development Life Cycle
  • The System Architecture
  • Incremental Delivery
  • Agile Software Development Management
  • Scrum – An Introduction

  • Introduction
  • The Relational Model
  • SQL Basics
  • Multiple Table Selects
  • Filtering Row Data
  • Column Calculations
  • SQL Programming

  • Introduction
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Working with Classes and Objects
  • Writing Java Classes
  • Data Structures – Arrays, Collections, References, and Casting
  • Persisting Data using Files
  • Persisting Data using Databases
  • Persisting Data using XML
  • Creating Graphical User Interfaces using Swing
  • Building Web-based User Interfaces with Servlets and JSPs

  • Mastering Test Driven Development in Java
    o Test-driven Development
    o Unit Testing with JUnit
    o Unit Testing Concepts and Patterns
    o Functionality Testing
    o Testing Data Access Objects
  • Java Best Practices & Design Patterns
    o Designing Java Classes
    o Creating Behavior at Runtime
    o Improving Code Structure
  • Spring Framework
    o Inversion of Control using Spring
    o Defining Beans

  • Introduction
  • CLR and .NET Framework
  • C# Language Basics – Types, Collections, Interfaces, Generics
  • Garbage Collection
  • Exception Management
  • Streams and IO
  • Networking
  • Serialization
  • Persisting Data using XML
  • Querying and Manipulating data using Entity Framework
  • Introduction to ASP.NET
  • Introduction to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)

  • Delegates and Events
  • Lambda expressions
  • Anonymous Methods and Types
  • Enumeration and Iteration
  • Operator Overloading
  • Attributes
  • Tuples
  • GUID Struct
  • Utility Classes
  • LINQ Queries and Operators
  • LINQ to SQL, LINQ to XML
  • Assemblies
  • Reflection and Metadata
  • Dynamic Programming
  • Security
  • Parallel Programming

  • HTML5
    o Understanding HTML, XHTML and HTML5
    o Embedding Content
  • JavaScript
    o Understanding JavaScript – variables, functions, scopes, errors
    o Writing, testing and debugging JavaScript
    o Working with Objects
  • CSS3
    o Understanding CSS3
    o Selectors, specificity, cascading and inheritance
    o Working with CSS properties
  • More HTML5
    o HTML5 Semantics
    o Working with tables
  • Essential JavaScript and jQuery
    o Creating JavaScript Objects
    o Working with jQuery

  • Working with Forms
    o Understanding Forms
    o Form Validation
  • Websites and Services
    o Getting Started with Node.js
    o Working with Web Services
  • Asynchronous Operations
  • WebSocket Communications
  • Multimedia with HTML5
  • Drawing with HTML5
    o Canvas Object
    o Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • Local data with web storage

  • What is Big Data?
  • What makes Data Big?
  • Challenges of Big Data Processing
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Unstructured Data and Text Analytics
  • Big Data in Financial Markets

  • Create and Format Content – Navigate SharePoint Hierarchy, Manage Lists and Libraries, Manage List items, Manage Document sets
  • Manage SharePoint Sites – Manage pages, Perform administrative tasks on sites and workspaces, Manage Web Parts on a page, Manage content types, Manage users and groups
  • Participate in User Communities – vConfigure My Site, Collaborate through My Site, Add tags and notes to content
  • Configure and consume site search results – Perform search administration at the site level, View search results, Perform advanced searches

  • Fundamentals of Computing
  • Operating System Navigation
  • Architecture
  • Process Management
  • Memory and Paging
  • Input/output
  • Networking
  • Directory Services

  • Network Communication
  • TCP/IP: Network
  • TCP/IP: Internet
  • TCP/IP: Transport
  • TCP/IP: Application
  • Internetworking Technologies

  • Security Foundations
  • Software Assurance
  • Countermeasures
  • Concept of Trust

  • Architecture
  • Infrastructure
  • Virtualisation
  • Introduction to Middleware – Transactions, Middleware, Web Services
  • Requirements for Good Infrastructure Design – Design, Networking, Platform Characteristics, Data Storage Characteristics
  • Infrastructure Operational Framework – Overview, IT Service Mgmt, Service Level Mgmt, Capacity Mgmt, Continuity Mgmt, Availability Mgmt, Contingency Planning, Configuration Mgmt, Incident Mgmt, Problem Mgmt, Change Mgmt, Release Mgmt
  • Overview of Controls – Background, Life Cycle Mgmt, Production Mgmt
  • Buy vs. Build

  • Dining in style, dressing for success including dress down days,
  • Body language, Language, Conflict management, Anger management,
  • Data integrity and confidentiality,
  • General compliance (attendance, leaves, unplanned absences,
  • Personal hygiene and grooming,
  • Social Networking – do not cross your boundaries and mis interpret signals,
  • Personal calls in a private workplace,
  • Prioritize privacy,
  • Gossip and tea breaks

  • Devise your own personal strategy for success – personal development plan
  • Manage productivity even under pressure
  • Honesty and truthfulness – highlight risks early in the game rather than hiding them
  • Build Relations based on Trust
  • Develop a better way of thinking
  • Know how to build a solid professional reputation
  • Learn how to become a better listener
  • Learn how to handle difficult situations and difficult people

  • Verbal Communication and effective Speaking – telephone and VC manners
  • Non-Verbal Communication – Email ethics, Grammer, Spelling, Punctuation, knowing your audience
  • Listening Skills and active Listening
  • Reflecting and Clarifying
  • Barriers to Effective Communication
  • Building Interpersonal Relationships and Assertiveness
  • Building Rapport
  • What is Charisma?
  • The Art of Tact and Diplomacy
  • How to be Polite
  • Persuasion and Influencing Skills
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Communicating in Difficult Situations

  • What is a Presentation
  • Preparing a Presentation
  • Organising the Material
  • Writing Your Presentation
  • Deciding the Presentation Method
  • Working with Visual Aids
  • Managing the Event
  • Coping with Presentation Nerves
  • Dealing with Questions
  • Fear of public speaking – Understanding and overcoming fear of public speaking – managing causes and effects
  • Confidence and control – Experience, preparation and rehearsal

  • Recognize the difference between goals and objectives.
  • Understand the importance of setting objectives to support company/departmental / individual goals.
  • How to set SMART objectives
  • State what SMART objectives are.

  • Work Smarter. Improve Time Utilization
  • How Good is Your Time Management
  • Common Time Management Mistakes
  • Time manegement Tools – Activity Logs, To-Do-Lists, Action Programs, Multitasking, How to be organised, Timesheets, Managing email time, managing electronic documents and store.
  • Priortization, Scheduling and Self motivation

  • What are Groups and Teams?
  • The lifecycle of a team
  • Team Roles
  • Building Team Cohesiveness
  • Difficult Team Behaviours
  • Planning, structuring and conducting meetings
  • Team success

  • Understanding diversity
  • Creating a healthy workplace by valuing diversity, respecting differences, developing cross-cultural communication skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Understanding culture
  • Impact of stereotypes, prejudice, biases, discrimination, harassment, racism

Program Features

On-demand Video Instruction

On-Demand Video instruction thoroughly cover every topic of the curriculum. Start, stop and rewind any instruction as often as you like, to learn at your pace.

Instructor-Led Live Classes

Attend live classes online from anywhere in the world. Our expert faculty will give you personalized attention and guide you through the curriculum with a structured approach and answer all your queries in our interactive live classrooms. All of our live online classes are archived, so you can start, stop, and rewind at your own pace for additional review.

Instructor-Led Classroom

Classroom training is still one of the most popular medium of training, especially for certain subject areas and/or learners. Most of our advanced level courses are still taught in traditional classroom setting. We can accommodate any requests for classroom training for basic and intermediate courses as well.

Weekly Touchpoint

Learners have weekly touch-points with the faculty to assess their progress, to clear any doubts or to go over assignments and case studies. All our touch-points are also archived, so you can review them whenever you like.

Resource Library

Resource Library contains a variety of supplemental resources to help you master this course - quick sheets, references, guides, workbooks, white papers etc.

Community Forums

You will have access to an online community of other students, helping each other. You can browse through existing questions, answer any question or post a new question for others to answer.


Learners can connect with their instructors for personal assistance anytime they like. Instructors are ready and willing to answer any content-related questions.

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