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Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC)
Attending the course will help you understand:
  • They key players in the financial markets (issuers, investors and intermediaries)
  • The structure of the FX market
  • The difference between the long-term and short-term debt markets
  • The key features of equity products
  • The interaction between cash and derivative markets

Course background

The FMFC is a first level (introductory) qualification intended for anyone entering into a career in the financial markets.  It does not assume any prior study or work experience other than a general knowledge of mathematics such as basic algebra and statistics.  For anyone without that quantitative background, pre-course reading with a further bibliography is provided to allow candidates to acquire that knowledge directly.

The programme is intended to provide ‘breadth of knowledge’ to make it relevant to people pursuing careers in the front office, middle office and operations areas.  The course places an even emphasis on introducing and explaining the key concepts of each subject area and then developing practical knowledge and skills of each area.  This reflects the fact that it is both introductory, requiring the introduction and explanation of key concepts, but also intended for market practitioners requiring applied thinking.

Who should attend?

The FMFC is intended to be relevant to a wide range of job functions and areas; anyone who would benefit from an understanding of markets, participants and products, and how they all come together.  Candidates will come from organisations involved in both the buy-side and sell-side of the industry plus insurance, accounting, IT firms supporting the industry and the financial press.
The course is open to ICMA members and non-members.

Course Content and Format

The FMFC syllabus is organised around three broad subject areas with a final review session to consolidate the learning ahead of the exam:

  1. Overview of Financial Markets
  2. FX
  3. Debt Markets
  4. Equities
  5. Derivatives

There is a two hour multiple choice exam on the afternoon of the third and final day of the course.

Click here to download the detailed FMFC syllabus.


Details of the next seminars

LondonICE Education
6-8 May 2015


ICE Education
5th Floor Milton Gate
60 Chiswell Street
London EC1Y 4SA
United Kingdom

There will be a further running of the London course on 4-6 November 2015. To register your interest for the next publicly scheduled course, e-mail education@icmagroup.org.

Based at ICE Education London offices: IntercontinentalExchange® (NYSE: ICE), is a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets.
LuxembourgIFBL - L‘Institut De Formation Bancaire Luxembourg
10-12 June 2015

Centre de formation Chambre de Commerce/IFBL
7, rue Alcide de Gasperi
L-1615 Luxembourg

Registrations will open here shortly. There will be a further running of the Luxembourg course on 21-23 September 2015. To register your interest for the next publicly scheduled courses, e-mail education@icmagroup.org.

This is an ICMA Executive Education course hosted by IFBL – L‘Institut De Formation Bancaire Luxembourg’. Based at the Chamber of Commerce, IFBL is Luxembourg’s leading financial training institute offering a broad range of training courses, qualifications, conferences and e-learning programmes for financial institutions.


London Course*
The cost of the London FMFC is £1,875.00 for ICMA Members and £2,450.00 for non-members.
The following discount scale is offered:
2-4 candidates – 5% discount each*
5+ candidates – 10% discount each*

Luxembourg Course*
The cost of the Luxembourg FMFC is €1,875.00 + 3% VAT for ICMA Members and €2,450.00 + 3% VAT for non-members with the same discount scale as above.

*Please note that discounts are applied by way of a refund to the organisation when registration has closed and the final number of candidates from the firm has been determined.

Course materials will be provided to candidates in electronic format prior to the start of programme. Please ensure that you have access to this document during the course by either printing off a copy or by downloading it on your laptop, iPad or Tablet.

Should you require a hard copy of the course materials, there is a charge for printing off and sending the course materials to the training venue.  Please contact education@icmagroup.org a minimum of two weeks before the course start date for further details on this.

Payment can be made by secure online credit card or by invoice. Please note that selecting the invoice method will add £50 (administration fee) to the course price.

*Please note that if you require accommodation for the course in either London or Luxembourg, this will be your own responsibility; the programme is class-based, but it is a non-residential course.

Should you have any queries about the seminars please contact David Senior on +44 20 7213 0329 or e-mail: education@icmagroup.org

FMFC certificate holders

The names of the successful candidates from previous examinations are included in our list of certificate holders.

Mikkel S. Lyngbye

Organisation: ALOC A/S
Job title: Senior Sales Executive

Describe what you do on a day to day basis in your job:
Business Development Manager within the financial sector;
Employed at a ‘FinTech’ company, which provides software solutions to the Capital Markets industry;
Responsible for several of our major accounts, as well as establishing new business relations.

Reasons for taking the course:

Partly to get a certificate on my current knowledge, but also to be able to expand more rapidly in the future.

Benefits of taking this course:
Good programme, great teacher.  New contacts and updated know-how a great benefit.


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