Uncertainties created by recent events such as Brexit, aggressive monetary policies, potential policy changes by the new Trump administration has led to increased volatilities in the global financial markets. The need to manage risk exposures has never been more challenging but the turbulent markets also open up many opportunities. Financial market professionals with good knowledge and competencies will be well-placed to bring values to the bank and/or their institutional clients.

Designed for new entrants who aspire to take on front and middle office roles, the ACI-SMU Financial Markets Certificate (IBF Level 1) course aims to deepen their understanding and competencies in global markets.

The course has been revamped to map to all competencies under the revised IBF Standards: Financial Markets (IBF Level 1).The course comprises of two modules. 

Module 1: Building Blocks looks at market practices of various financial instruments. 

Module 2: Trading & Treasury Solutions drills down on the practical aspects in different functions and activities across the financial markets value chain.

For program outline, visit: https://fti.smu.edu.sg/curriculum




  •  Gain an overview of the global financial markets
  •  Understand the regulatory framework for financial markets activities
  •  Interpret the influence of macro-economic factors on financial markets
  •  Distinguish the characteristics and applications of different financial markets instruments
  •  Outline the role of investment banks in capital markets activities
  •  Differentiate trading and treasury sales functions and activities
  •  Identify trading and market-marketing opportunities
  •  Structure treasury solutions to meet clients’ needs
  •  Complete the documentation, clearing and settlement of financial trades
  •  Know the importance of risk and asset-liability management for financial institutions



Participants who successfully complete the entire course and pass all the assessments, will be conferred the IBF Qualified (IBFQ) certification by The Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF). 

Type of Course



Finance, Financial IT and Risk Management

Credit Units


Instructional Methods and Expectations

Lectures, Discussions, Exercices


Module 1
SGD $3,850 (excluding GST)
SGD $1,155 (net of 70% IBF-STS funding, excluding GST)

Module 2
SGD $3,150 (excluding GST)
SGD $945 (net of 70% IBF-STS funding, excluding GST) 


IBF-STS Funding of 70% is available to eligible institutions and qualified individuals subject to a cap of S$7,000 per participant per programme. Singapore Citizens aged 40 years old and above are eligible for 90% co-funding of direct training costs, subject to the existing grant caps. For terms and conditions, please click here: https://www.ibf.org.sg/programmes/Pages/IBF-STS.aspx


Participant should possess a degree, diploma or prior working experience in financial services

Course Dates

Module 1: 8 Jul - 9 Sep 2017

Module 2: Q4 2017

Lessons are held on Saturdays from 9am – 4pm

Our panel of trainers has an average of 16 years’ experience in financial markets front, middle and back office functions. They held senior positions in banks such as DBS Bank, HSBC, Citibank, ING, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Deutsche Bank. Trainers have deep experience in institutional sales, trading and risk management, product control and operations, working with local and/or overseas global markets.