Illustrative course outlines

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Strategy & Leadership Finance & Commerce Investment Banking

Introduction to equity markets

What is covered?

This course offers an overview of the key equity investment products, why companies issue equities, the attraction of buying equities and how equities are traded.  An excellent introduction to equity as an investment class.

Who will benefit?

Participants looking to understand some of the basics of equities and how they are traded.  No prior knowledge is required.

Course content

What is equity? Why is it issued?
    • Types of equity
    • Common stock
    • A/B shares
    • Preferred stock
    • Depositary receipts
    • Convertible bonds
How equities are traded – part 1 – stock exchanges
    • London, New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo
How equities are traded – part 2 – trading approaches
    • market-making systems
    • order-driven trading
    • call auctions
    • types of order
Analysing equity prices – technical analysis


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