The word education is derived from the Latin educere. Although there are different interpretations, we at Financial Markets Training prefer the sense that education is a process "to draw out". This goes against the expectation that training is simply lecturing - this is the traditional view that if you pour more content into people, verbally or electronically, they will improve.
One popular marketing technique used within business education seeks to establish the credibility of the trainer based on criteria such as how many departments they ran or perhaps how many people they managed in different geographical locations. However, we believe this misses the point. Many people reading this will have endured training sessions which essentially comprise of one or several days of lectures where the underlying message is essentially "look how much cleverer I am compared to you!"
Financial education should have the learner at its core. It is not what is taught that is important but rather what is learned and taken away. Our aim is to provide interesting and challenging classroom experiences. There was a time when training vendors rushed to provide on line training for the clients. In the 15 or so years since these products were commercially produced they have failed to displace classroom training as the dominant way of learning.
In their many incarnations they are often nothing more than a book on a screen. Clicking a few buttons, does not in our mind, make it interactive in any meaningful sense.
FMT prides itself in being staffed by professional educators. All of us have at some time worked in an investment bank with roles ranging from front office trader through risk management to operations. Our experience has resulted in the accumulation of a wealth of knowledge.
However, education is a relative thing - although we may know our subject, it is inevitable that in our classes there are people who may have specialist knowledge of a certain subject. Why should such knowledge and experience remain hidden away when it can benefit the class as a whole? Thoughtful design of educational activities should aim to "draw out" this experience.
We are all committed to improving every session we teach. A common question we are asked is "do you have a session on...?" Our reply is that every session we teach is to an extent different. Client needs are rarely homogenous and since the subject matter evolves we always look to make small incremental changes to the materials to keep them fresh and relevant.
- 07 March 2017 Power: a practical handbook
- 23 January 2017 Equity Derivatives: Corporate and Institutional Applications
- 25 November 2016 Why lecturing is not an effective way to learn
- Delighted to announce the launch of my 3rd book "Equity Derivatives". Many thanks to the team @palgravefinance. #publishedwithpalgrave 39 days ago
- FMT principal contributes chapter to new handbook on power market. https://t.co/zdz41n2GXc 53 days ago
- NDFs will make a payment in USD based on the movement of a spot rate relative to a pre-agreed contract rate 54 days ago
- non-deliverable forwards allow for the hedging of currencies where access to forward market is difficult / restricted 54 days ago
- Don't talk about buying or selling a swap. Prices of interest rate swaps relate to the fixed rate so 'pay' or 'receive' is better 61 days ago
What our clients say...
It was really interactive, with problem solving exercises which I really enjoyed
The trainer was very knowledgeable in the subject and made the course interesting
All of the course was enlightening. I liked having to apply what we were taught to different scenarios
Good class interaction as well being able to cope with different levels of experience
The case studies presented were a very useful aid to understanding the material
One highlight of the course was being able to listen to other people's explanations of the material from first hand experience
Excellent explanations and content for the areas covered