About

Finance Training Course was created by a team of risk professionals with the objective of helping people learn, understand and apply complex financial concepts. For many years, we looked for a resource that we could use for training our new team members within the domain of risk management. In 2010 we started putting together an internal guide that new hires would review in their first three weeks at work at our risk practice.

The challenge with computational finance and quantitative modeling is that most text books leave you lost and/or wanting for more. It was just a simple of question of locking our newest employees in the office library and asking them to read through the combined curriculum of CFA, FRM and SOA exams in three months. We tried that. It didn’t work.  What was needed was something much more subtle. An approach that didn’t feel like rocket science but was really rocket science at work.

FinanceTrainingCourse.com is the public face of that guide.

The content has been sourced directly from our risk consulting practice focusing on:

  1. Risk management
  2. Derivatives products
  3. Option pricing models
  4. Basel and capital adequacy regulation
  5. Financial modeling
  6. Treasury products and risk

Our Customers and readers

A measure of our success is the audience we have managed to attract over the last 9 years.

Quantitative Models online
Quantitative Models online

We receive traffic from 218-240 territories and 12,300 – 16,000+ cities across the world depending on how good a year we are having or how bad a year the rest of the world is experiencing.

We delivered 6,000 orders to 3650 unique customers.  Top fifteen cities feature New York, London, Mumbai, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto, Sydney, Paris, Boston, New Delhi and KL – surprise, surprise.

90% of our content is free; from answering questions about re-levering beta to modeling tail value at risk, from building mortality tables to calibrating interest rate models, from critical essays on risk to figuring out how much money Disney made from Marvel universe.  We provide easy to follow solutions for common computational finance problems. Our most popular asset is our collection of real life case studies that walk through timelines, crises and step by step model building exercises in Excel.

The content shared on this site has now been featured in two quantitative finance textbooks published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014-2015.

Models at work, Jawwad Farid, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Models at work, Jawwad Farid, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
An Option Greeks Primer, Jawwad Farid, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
An Option Greeks Primer, Jawwad Farid, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

If you like what you see, you can buy downloadable study guides, excel templates or video courses.  That is the paid part of the site.  If you don’t find a model you are looking for, drop us a note and we will add it to our list of models to build.  Suggestions like these have helped us add over one hundred tutorials and excel templates to our store. Add yours to the list.

Drop us a note

If you would like to see a model before you buy, drop us a note. If you don’t like what you have purchased drop us a note again and we will be happy to do a full no questions asked refund. If you can’t afford it because you are student – guess what. Drop us a note and we will figure out a discount that works for you. Not too long ago, in a difference life, we were broke and hungry students too.

Practitioner’s Point of View

Courses are written from a practitioner’s point-of-view, providing bite-sized concepts and topics with detailed application-oriented cases. Course outlines for individual subjects and learning road maps for broader topic-based review are provided. If you are new to this field, start with the individual courses, such as Corporate Finance, Ratio Analysis, Credit Analysis. If you have spent some years in the field and would like to freshen up on a given topic walk through the Learning road maps or topic guides that show up on the sidebar of the site. If you have been given an assignment and would like a practical model to work with and give you an edge, the Excel templates are for you. Just search for your question and there is a reasonable chance that something will pop up in the results.

The biggest challenge in the field of computation finance and risk is that its difficult to translate the approach you have just read in your text book to a practical model that you put to work on your desk tomorrow. We know because we have struggled with the same issues for the last two decades. Hence when we put together a guide, our approach is to keep it as simple and to the point as possible. The best guides come with a working Excel spreadsheet that you can use to track what is happening.  While the sheets may not be suitable for you to put to work in real life setting (standard qualifier, you need to consult professionals before you do any damage), they go a long way in comprehending difficult concepts and their implementation.

When we crack something awkward at work, you can rest assured that a model or a post will follow here on this site. A great deal of material is actually sourced from your questions. Questions that you drop us through emails or through pings on social media

A number of options are available, including:

  • Free online material
  • PDF downloads
  • EXCEL files and templates
  • Instructor led video courses

If you have questions, queries or comments drop us a note at jawwad@financetrainingcourse.com

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