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Graduate Training Season 2018: an Interview with Capital City Training

It’s been a lively start to the graduate season for Capital City Training.  Whilst the team accustomed to training with banks and in classes across the world, this most recent conference was one of the largest they had ever put together. In three days of a week-long conference for an international bank, CCT took over 200 graduates on a whistle-stop tour of their future commercial banking careers.  ..

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Who's afraid of the big bad V?

So, market volatility is back with a vengeance. The big, bad V! By mid-April, the S&P 500 had moved up or down at least 1% on 28 trading days already in 2018 — 15 increases and 13 drops. To put that into context, there were just 8 swings of 1% for the S&P 500 all of 2017. ..

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My Reading List

We are always on the look out for new and interesting books to read and share with our audience. Most recently Mark shared some of his reading favourites that he’s really enjoyed and couldn’t put down. Take a look at the below and see for yourself…
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The Vintage of 2018

The relief of passing MiFID Day is palpable. After so long, it is hard to remember life before MiFID II was ‘just round the corner’. Now we have turned the corner and it is behind us. So, what is next? More MiFID II. Few firms will be able to say with conviction that all is done. For most, it will be mostly done, leaving room for improvement. With its carefully coded expressions of disdain for the EU’s drip-feed method of publishing requirements, the FCA has made plain its recognition that firms have not had adequate notice of many MiFID details to be able to comply on time. But firms would be wise to take note of the limitations of the regulator’s forbearance – terms and conditions apply. ..

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New E-Learning Opportunities with Capital City Training & Consulting

Are you looking to enhance your financial knowledge and skills? Or are you seeking cost-effective training for your staff? Our new e-learning platform is the simple and convenient way to access our expert-led foundation courses.  ..

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Investing - the simpler way

In Mark’s blog Confessions of a Private Investor, he laid out his position as a top-down investor, with rebalanced asset allocation according to economic / market cycles. The momentum style used to select funds that he invests in does have a lot of sense to it - selling the losers, picking up the winners and you outperform the index. I guess my question is whether it’s really worth it? The time taken to analyse, screen, trade, monitor and, of course then the additional annual charges of the active managers.
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Why Your Company Should Offer Workplace Leadership Training

Strong leadership is integral to the successful future of any organisation, but are leaders born or made? If you don’t believe it is worth leaving to chance, offering effective workplace leadership training can provide a strategic approach to talent development. ..

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Remedies of a Healthy Patient

One thing that FCA is good at is trailing its views. So it is that the Asset Management Market Study Final Report contains no real surprises. But lack of surprise does not mean lack of impact. These measures will certainly have that, especially on the pockets of fund managers. And not so much as a pause for breath before going into rule-making mode. CP 17/18 (CP17/18: Consultation on implementing asset management market study remedies and changes to our Handbook | FCA) is the start of the implementation process. ..

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Corporate Distress: An Ongoing Problem

Once again there are rumblings and warnings of a fresh financial crisis along the lines of 2008. Banks are supposedly better regulated now, and have generally lower corporate lending levels. Potential banking fallout should therefore be less dramatic than that witnessed in the period following 2008. However, this will not stop a number of banks starting reviews of their already heavily-scrutinised credit portfolios. ..

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How Advances in Digital Technology Have Changed the Way We Train, and New Starters Learn

Keeping up with advances in technology can sometimes feel a daunting task. The speed with which the digital world has evolved in the past 20 years alone is staggering. Technology has become integral to our lives in so many ways and new advances are something that as a society we are asked to readily embrace on almost a monthly basis.  ..

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