Financial Instruments and Financial Markets


  • Financial markets play a key role in market economies. The interaction between buyers and sellers allow them to determine prices of financial instruments, offer liquidity, and reduce transaction costs. In recent years, the financial markets have changed significantly due to the global financial crisis. Many market participants have disappeared. The scope and way of trading with financial instruments have changed. For a successful trade in these markets, it is better if participants have a good grasp of a wide range of financial instruments that are available.

Course objectives

The objective of the workshop is to present the current functions of the major financial markets and instruments in a structured and comprehensive way. The participants will receive a good and practical understanding of markets and instruments.

We will start with an overview of recent developments in the financial markets, including the new regulation. We will discuss reasons for the movements of foreign exchange and interest rates. Then we will take a closer look of capital markets. Main equity and debt instruments will be presented.

In the end, we will make a short, but thorough introduction to the derivatives markets and instruments.

Who should attend

  • treasurers at financial institutions and companies
  • treasury sales,
  • asset-liability management professionals
  • corporate account officers needing to know sufficient details to be able to communicate with clients
  • risk managers
  • accountants and auditors
  • trading and risk management system developers
  • new entrants to the trading from university

Teaching Methods

    The workshop consists of the theory of financial instruments and financial markets, debates, short examples, and exercises. Prior knowledge in this field of finance is not required.

    The workshop is also suitable for all, who trade on a daily basis with different financial products and would like to complement their theoretical knowledge or upgrade with practical examples from real life.

    After the workshop, participants will better understand financial instruments and the logic of the functioning of financial markets, as well as the link between the instruments and the risks.

  • Course description and agenda

    Date: 21 January 2020

    Venue: Ljubljana, Four Points by Sheraton Ljubljana Mons

    The workshop is held in the Slovene language.


    Course brosure
  • Course contents

    • Latest events from the world's financial markets
    • The regulatory reform and the changing financial environment
    • A brief history of financial markets development
    • An overview of the main types of financial instruments and main financial markets
    • FX and money market
      • FX deal
      • deposits, Treasury bills, commercial papers, certificates of deposit
    • Equities
      • role of equities in corporate financing
      • the primary and secondary market
    • Bonds, and fixed-income securities
      • the main features of debt instruments
      • characteristics and classification of bonds
    • Derivatives instruments, and markets
      • characteristics
      • the basic types of derivative instruments
      • practical examples of the use of derivatives instruments