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ACI-SMU Financial Markets Certificate (IBF Level 1)

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 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 Sales drills down on the practical aspects in different functions and activities across the financial markets value chain.

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). 


Programme Length
Module 1
10 Mar - 21 Apr '18
Sat 09:00 - 16:00 
Assessment Date: 12 May '18
Module 2
3 Mar - 28 Apr '18 
* accelerated pathway for participants who have completed the Financial Markets Certificate in 2010-2016
Jun 2018
Areas of Study
  • 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


The course comprises of 2 modules. Module 1: Building Blocks and Module 2: Trading & Treasury Sales

  ACI-SMU Financial Markets Certificate (IBF Level 1)

Module 1: Building Blocks (IBF Level 1)

  • Overview of Financial Markets 
  • Money Market & STIR Futures
  • Bond Basics
  • Foreign Exchange (FX)
  • Foreign Exchange Derivatives
  • Interest Rate Derivatives

Module 2: Trading & Treasury Sales (IBF Level 1)

  • Trading & Market Making
  • Marketing Treasury Products
  • Deal Processing & Documentation
  • Financial Markets Regulatory Framework
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Liability Management (ALM)
  • Financial Markets Ethics & Code of Conduct



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

Module 2
Accelerated pathway
SGD $3,300 (excl. GST)
SGD $990 (net of 70% IBF-STS funding, excl. GST)

SGD $3,150 (excl. GST)
SGD $945 (net of 70% IBF-STS funding, excl. GST)

Who Should Attend
  • New hires in front, middle and back office functions of financial markets
  • Analyst, associates in trading, institutional sales, product structuring, asset and liability management, product control, risk management and operations
  • IT professionals involved in the design, implementation, maintenance and enhancement of financial markets operation systems
  • Aspiring individuals who are keen to pursue a career in financial markets activities

Last updated on 4 Jan 2018.



SMU Academy - Financial Services
Singapore Management University

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