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What is Fundamentals of Financial Services?


This qualification is an important first step in developing the essential basic knowledge required for working in financial services. It provides a broad overview of the industry and could be your stepping stone to a career in financial services. You will learn about the types of banking and commonly used financial products, such as shares, bonds, and insurance. It will provide you with an understanding of financial terminology and enable you to perform important basic calculations.  


Who should study for the qualification?


The qualification’s broad introduction to financial services makes it suitable for a wide audience from employees new to the industry to school leavers considering a career in finance. It is an ideal alternative for staff already working within financial services who wish to further their industry knowledge, but who are not directly involved in making investment decisions. It offers a comprehensive understanding of financial services and its streamlined structure, including a nominal study commitment, appeals to the busy professional. In addition, firms can easily include the qualification into staff induction programmes. 

Syllabus Summary

  1. Ethics and Integrity in Financial Services
    Explores the key principles of ethical behaviour in financial services.

  2. Introduction – saving and borrowing
    Defines key financial services terms and principles including savers, borrowers, equity, bonds, risk and reward, insurance and foreign exchange.

  3. Banking
    Identifies the difference between retail and commercial banking and explains the functions of each banking type and their customers – individuals or corporates. Explains loans, mortgages and overdrafts, credit cards, interest rates and how they are calculated.

  4. Equities/Shares/Stocks
    Explores the reasons for issuing shares to finance a company and the return that can be gained – dividend/ capital gain. Provides an understanding of shares, what they are for, and the the risks involved in owning them.  

  5. Bonds
    Identifies the two main issuers of bonds – companies and governments. Covers the features of bonds and the advantages and disadvantages of investing in bonds.  

  6. Markets
    Explains how a stock exchange operates, the purpose of a stock exchange index, and compares different stock markets around the world.

  7. Other areas of Financial Services
    Highlights other key areas including: Fund Management, Foreign Exchange, Insurance and Retirement Planning.


DAYS: Wednesdays
TIME: 6:30 pm - 9 pm 
COST: $595 members - $695 non-members
Learning Platform: Zoom


Professionalism  Integrity  Excellence

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is the leading professional body for securities, investment, wealth and financial planning professionals. Dedicated to professionalism since it emerged from the London Stock exchange in 1992, its purpose is to champion lifelong learning and integrity, raising individual standards of knowledge, skills and behaviour globally to enhance public trust and confidence in financial services.

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