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Academy Course

Video series


The ‘Understanding Financial Markets and Instruments’ online course offers an invaluable and straightforward introduction to the mechanics of today's global financial marketplace. It will provide you with an insight into the origins of the financial markets and its key players. It is also designed to explain the principal markets, the main financial products and how they are used, including: bonds, equities, futures and forwards.

The course is organised in 14 videos of about 15-20 minutes each for a total runtime of 4h15. The first 12 modules are for beginners, while the last two modules are at an intermediate level.


  • Professionals starting their careers in financial services

  • Those who would like to deepen their knowledge in financial markets

  • Those who simply wish to reacquaint themselves with our markets


Paul North

Paul North - Academy Trainer

Paul North has worked in the derivatives markets since 1988, having spent the first 11 years at the LIFFE exchange. He worked in business development, liaising with members and end users in the design and listing of derivative contracts as well as being head of education. For the last 22 years Paul has been an independent trainer in financial markets, presenting internationally to a wide clientele. During this time Paul has also been a trainer of the Academy.

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