Certificate in Financial Trading - Jumpstart to Trading the Financial Markets

Overview

Contrary to popular belief, there is no shortcut to becoming a savvy trader through quick 'get-rich' schemes or systems. In fact, most top traders in the industry are performing well only because of a deep understanding of trading fundamentals through disciplined practice and a commitment to constant learning and adapting.

SMU Academy's highly subscribed, high-impact, fast track Certificate in Financial Trading programme will equip you with the skills required to quickly jump start trading in the financial markets. Whether you want to increase your personal returns on your trading and investment portfolio or develop your career within finance, this course will show you how to, effectively and safely.

The curriculum in the Certificate in Financial Trading programme has been developed by a team of successful proprietary traders, hedge fund managers, financial professionals and SMU Academics using a unique blend of real-world examples and down to earth jargon free delivery. Trainees will be introduced to global financial markets encompassing trading strategies inclusive of data driven technical analysis, Ichimoku, outright and spread trading and arbitrage that is used across FX, Fixed Income, Equity and Commodity markets.  The programme is integrated and geared towards giving you market knowledge in popular traded asset classes such as FX and commodities with lots of hands on exercises on implementing working trading strategies.

Knowledge of financial markets on FX and Commodities and Introduction to Trading Platforms (2 courses)

The programme covers basic macroeconomic theory, exploring key economic themes such as inflation, unemployment, currency exchange policy and interest rate policy which subsequently drives global markets. Participants will also be introduced to the basics of how to analyse and assess key economic data and how to utilise statistics to improve their trading performance and profitability on a daily basis.  As part of the training, participants will learn how to keep trading performance profitable and consistent while ensuring that the risk management protocols such as the use of vanilla options are put in place to ensure capital preservation.

Practical hands-on trading strategies with Technical Analysis, Ichimoku, Futures and Vanilla Options (4 courses)

Taught by a professional traders with over 15 years of trading experience, some who manage institutional and their own family office funds yielding over 20% annual returns and some who have been consistently achieving an extra normal Sharpe Ratio of 1.3, participants will also be introduced to Technical Analysis and Ichimoku Cloud systems beginning with basic concepts such as support and resistance, candlestick charts before progressing to a highly advanced form of market analysis which enables learners to fully comprehend “how and why” markets react on a fundamental level.  This understanding confers upon trainees the ability to identify key market levels, positioning of large institutional players and ultimately affording them the ability to make informed trading decisions whilst minimising risk.

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Next Course Starts On19 Feb 2019 (Tue) See Full Schedule
Fee SGD10272.00* (as low as SGD1161.60* after maximum funding) Learn more
Duration

2 weekday evenings and a full Saturday (15 hours) per module

Level
Basic
Learning Objectives

The Certificate in Financial Trading enables you to:
•    Understand the principles and mindset of Financial Trading
•    Trade and risk manage effectively using the proprietary and proven trading system pioneered by our specialist faculty, Adrian Ong
•    Learn about Trading Patterns and Analysis
•    Learn about the popular and liquidly traded Financial Markets such as Equity, FX, Commodities and Fixed Income
•    Understand how market fundamentals impact prices in each of the mainstream asset class markets, identify opportunities and formulate trade strategies
•    Understand the features mechanics of liquidly traded financial instruments such as Futures and Vanilla Options and how to employ them to monetise trade / investment strategies
•    Understand how to run a sustainable, stable, efficient and profitable trading operation through prudent money and risk management

Topics/Structure

Modules

•    Certificate in Financial Trading – Introduction to Trading the Financial Markets using Technical Analysis
•    Certificate in Financial Trading – Introduction to Trading Platforms
•    Certificate in Financial Trading – Trading the Financial Markets using Ichimoku
•    Certificate in Financial Trading – Fundamentals of Financial Markets: FX and Commodities
•    Certificate in Financial Trading – Futures Trading
•    Certificate in Financial Trading – Risk Management with Vanilla Options

This is a sequential programme where it is recommended that modules be taken in the above order.

Module 1

Introduction to Trading the Financial Markets Using Technical Analysis

Next course starts on: 07 Mar 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 6: 17-19 January 2019 [FULLY SUBSCRIBED] 
Run 7: 7-9 March 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!]

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Technical Analysis can help investors time their investment actions by arming them with an in-depth comprehension of supply, demand and breakouts, as well as identifying short and long-term trends. Such know-how is invaluable investment community members of all skill levels.

Seats are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. You may register directly HERE or send an enquiry HERE.

Topics/Structure

• Philosophy of TA and markets
• Dow Theory
• Concepts of Trend
• Classical Patterns
• Candle sticks Charting
• Moving Averages
• Oscillators
• Setting Parameters 
• Combination Trading Methods and Trade Execution
• Risk Management
• The Mind map of Trading 

You can choose to take this module only. Learn more
Module 2

Certificate in Financial Trading - Introduction to Trading Platforms

Next course starts on: 28 Feb 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 28 February 2019, 1 - 2 March 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!]

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The trainer is a former Chief Operations Officer (COO) of a Tier-1 investment bank.  Participants will learn how to effectively utilize the basic tools of a trading platform, using Meta Trader 5, such as order execution tools, real-time market price and order queue data, historical tick-by-tick data and charts, portfolio trade ledgers, margin utilization analytics, mark-to-market PnL and cash management analytics reports, to operate a profitable and prudent proprietary trading / investment business.  

Topics/Structure

•    ​​​Application of basic trading maxims to trading mindset
•    What is a trading platform and how does it work?
•    Instrument and Trade Mechanics
•    Different type of trade orders and market conventions
•    Operational Risks and how to deal with them
•    Practical cases for trading

Module 3

Certificate in Financial Trading - Trading the Financial Markets using Ichimoku

Next course starts on: 31 May 2019 (Fri) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1:  30, 31 May & 1 June 2019 [NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!]

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The use of Ichimoku in trading gives the trader or analyst a detailed view of the activity of the market and what the price action tells us. The use of Ichimoku can help one improve their trading from the very short term to long term time frames. It is therefore an invaluable tool to those in the investment community who desire to equip themselves with this practical knowledge.

Receive practical, hands-on instruction from a certified financial technical analyst and specialist professional trader with a stable and positive track record of achieving an average of +20% return per annum spanning 15 years of trading in the financial markets using this methodology.

Seats are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis. You may send an enquiry HERE.

Topics/Structure

• Ichimoku Theory
• Reading Ichimoku charts
• Ichimoku Analysis
• Ichimoku in Practice
• Ichimoku and other indicators (blending it all in)

You can choose to take this module only. Learn more
Module 4

Certificate in Financial Trading - Fundamentals of Financial Markets: FX and Commodities

Next course starts on: 31 Jan 2019 (Thu) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 31 January 2019, 1 - 2 February 2019

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Fundamental foreign exchange (FX) traders constantly evaluate currencies, and their countries, by using economic announcements, indicators and the study of social and political factors to gain an idea of the currency's true value. Similarly, it is also essential, when trading financial commodity markets, to understand the characteristic fundamental factors responsible for impacting the supply and demand in the physical markets of each underlying commodity. Participants will learn from an experienced senior banker of the treasury of a top-tier investment bank, the indispensable basic proficiency that every successful trader should possess in their trading toolkit when trading forex and commodities.

Topics/Structure

•    Introduction to FX Markets
•    FX Linear Products: Spots, Forwards, CFDs
•    FX Derivatives: Futures and Vanilla Options
•    FX Brokers and Exchanges
•    FX Fundamentals analysis
•    FX Trading and Trading Strategies
•    Introduction to Commodities Markets and Exchanges
•    Energy Market Fundamentals
•    Base and Precious Metals Market Fundamentals
•    Soft and Agricultural Market Fundamentals
•    Commodities Trading and Trading Strategies

Module 5

Certificate in Financial Trading - Futures Trading

Next course starts on: 29 Jan 2019 (Tue) (See complete schedule)

Overview

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Run 1: 29 - 30 January 2019, 12 - 13 February 2019

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This course will offer in-depth coverage of futures trading, and will go beyond knowledge - more importantly, participants will develop the skill to employ trading strategies and risk management techniques of futures trading in real markets. This two-day program features interactive lectures, facilitated discussions and practical, hands-on trading simulations, where participants will practice Futures Trading. Learn from a professional quantitative trader how to strategise, execute and risk manage futures contracts profitably and prudently.

You can choose to take this module only. Learn more
Module 6

Certificate in Financial Trading - Risk Management with Vanilla Options

Next course starts on: 19 Feb 2019 (Tue) (See complete schedule)

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Run 1: 19 - 20 February 2019, 5 - 6 March 2019

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Investing is a necessary skill that everyone requires in order to beat inflation, plan for retirement and create a secondary source of income to prepare for unexpected expenses or the loss of employment. Most retail investors today trade traditional linear products, which used on their own, present high risks which quickly erodes capital. The course features an interactive lecture, facilitated discussions and a practical Options Trading activity, where participants will realise the benefit of using Options in their trading strategies.

    Who Should Attend

    •    Students leaving University and are seeking employment opportunities within finance.
    •    People employed in finance or management who need work-based skills to develop their career.
    •    People who are trading from home intending to acquire the skills required to effectively manage their own money.
    •    Existing part time traders who have not had any form of financial education but wish to develop their skills.
    •    People who are seeking a new career in finance but lack the basic understanding of how the industry works.

    Fees and Funding

    Full Fees (Foreigners. i.e. non-Singaporean Citizens and non-Permanent Residents)
    S$10,272 (after GST) for non-Singapore Citizens and non-Permanent Residents.

    SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Funding:

    A) Self-Sponsored Individual
    •    S$1161.60 (Singapore Citizens above 40 years old) after SSG Mid Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) Funding (Up to 90% course fee subsidy);
    •    S$3081.60 (Singapore Citizen below 40 years old and PRs) after SSG Funding (Up to 70% course fee subsidy);
    •    S$681.60 (Singaporeans on Workfare Training Support Scheme) after SSG Workfare Training Support Scheme (WTS) Funding (Up to 95% course fee subsidy).

    SkillsFuture Credit
    Self sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) to further defray part of the subsidised course fee. Please click User Guide in the Skillsfuture Credit website to find out how to submit your claim.  As courses in this professional certificate have been modularised, participants will need to identify which course to apply credits for 

    SkillsFuture Credit claims may be submitted by logging in via MySkillsFuture.sg.
    * Important Note: Participants claiming SkillsFuture credits should locate the course in Training Exchange using the Course Code/Name

    B) SME Company Sponsored Individual (Enhanced Training Support for SMEs - "ETSS")
    •    S$1161.60 (Singapore Citizen/PR) (Up to 90% course fee subsidy)
    •    S$10,272 (after GST) for non-Singapore Citizens and non-Permanent Residents.

    Note: Companies which meet all of the following criteria can qualify for the Enhanced Training Support under the SME scheme:
               i. Company must be registered or incorporated in Singapore;
               ii. Employment size (at group level) of not more than 200; OR Annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than S$100 million; and
               iii. At least 30% local shareholding being held by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.

    Absentee Payroll
    Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll via the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

    C) Non-SME Company Sponsored Individual

    •    S$1161.60 (Singapore Citizens above 40 years old) after SSG (Mid Career Enhanced Subsidy) MCES Funding (Up to 90% course fee subsidy);
    •    S$3081.60 (Singapore Citizen below 40 years old and PRs) after SSG Funding (Up to 70% course fee subsidy);
    •    S$681.60 (Singaporeans on Workfare Training Support Scheme) after SSG (Workfare Training Support Scheme) WTS Funding (Up to 95% course fee subsidy).

    Absentee Payroll
    Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll via the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

    Schedule

    Start Date(s)
    Intake Information

    Certificate in Financial Trading – Introduction to Trading the Financial Markets using Technical Analysis
    Course dates: 16, 17, 19 May 2019

    Certificate in Financial Trading – Introduction to Trading Platforms
    Course dates: 23, 24, 25 May 2019

    Certificate in Financial Trading – Trading the Financial Markets using Ichimoku
    Course dates: 30, 31 May & 1 June 2019

    Certificate in Financial Trading – Fundamentals of Financial Markets: FX and Commodities
    Course dates: 11, 12, 13 April 2019

    Certificate in Financial Trading – Futures Trading
    Course dates: 26, 27 March 2019 & 2, 3 April 2019

    Certificate in Financial Trading – Risk Management with Vanilla Options
    Course dates: 9, 10 April 2019 & 16, 17 April 2019

    Speaker/Trainer Bio

    Mr. Adrian Ong
    CFTe, M.Eng. (Mech), NUS

    Adrian Ong has more than 15 years of trading experience in the financial markets. Currently, he is a professional trader managing his own fund that has yielded an average of over 20% annual returns. He is also a Certified Financial Technician from International Fedaration of Technical Analyst and member of Technical Analysts Society of Singapore. Adrian provides consultation and training services in Technical Analysis and is passionate in mentoring and educating others in achieving profitability in their trading journey.

    He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and went on to obtain his Masters of Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from NTU.

    M. Anthony Bordier

    Anthony Bordier accumulates more than 15 years of experience as a quantitative trader, analyst and researcher in the financial industry. He has been working in various banks such as Société Generale, BNP Paribas, Merril Lynch, JPMorgan, Standard Chartered, ANZ and Deutsche Bank. He developed models, pricing and hedging methodologies for equities, fixed income and foreign exchange markets, covering a wide range of products from futures to vanillas and exotic options. He also has experience in buy side hedge funds as an quantitative algorithmic trader on futures and options in Bainbridge Partners, consistently achieving an extra normal Sharpe Ratio of 1.3.

    Anthony has a business master degree from HEC Business School (Paris, France), a master degree of pure mathematics, and a doctoral degree in applied mathematics (stochastic calculation applied to finance) from Paris VI University.

    M. Frederic Delaroche

    M. Frederic Delaroche has more than 12 years’ experience in Finance, of which more than 3 years serving as the Chief Operations Officer of the treasury in the Tier 1 investment bank, Societe Generale, and 5 years offering independent financial and risk management consultancy services in South East Asia. Skilled in Management, Structured Finance, Project Finance, Risk Management, Business Development, and Business Process Improvement, Fred possesses vast knowledge of banking standards and regulations, deep understanding of Equity and Fixed Income, Commodities and Currency (FICC) market activities and high-level management skills in relation to sales, operations and risk management.

    Fred holds a Masters in Finance and Investment from the London Metropolitan University, an MSc in Civil Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris and a BSc in Theoretical Physics.

    Additional Details

    Admission Requirements

    A good Bachelor's degree (of any field) from a recognised University. Diploma holders from a recognised polytechnic with at least 3 years of relevant working experience and/or start-up experiences are welcome to apply. International students who hold a valid Employment Pass (EP) or Dependent Pass (DP).

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