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Develop your Commercial Awareness: Understand the City, the Financial Markets & More
Part 1: Financial Markets
How the City works - The Background
Stock Markets and their Participants
Overview of the Financial Markets: Borrowers, Lenders and Financial Intermediaries
Interview Question: Why is London a leading financial centre?
Investment Banking 101
Raising Money: Equity and Debt Compared
Part 1A: The Money Markets
Characteristics of the Money Market
Why Use the Money Markets?
Why be a Lender in the Money Market?
What are the Money Market Instruments?
Repurchase Agreements (Repos)
What is the Function of the Money Market?
Part 1B: The Stock Market, Exchanges, Trading and Clearing Houses
Introduction to the Stock Market: Primary and Secondary Markets
The Stock Exchange: Commodities and Derivatives
Who can Trade on an Exchange: Brokers and Dealers
How Does The Share Price Of A Stock Actually Change?
High Frequency Traders
Clearing, Clearing Houses and Settlement
Part 1C: Liquidity
Why has 'Liquidity' Been in the News?
Why does Liquidity Impact Individuals, Businesses, the Financial Sector and the Economy?
Holding Cash Reserves
Alternatives to Cash - Purchasing Stock
Bonds and Yields
Junk and Investment Grade Bonds
Low Yields Turn on the Financial Tap
Bonds, Liquidity and Responses to Covid-19
Low yields in 2020 and the Search for Higher Yields
Five Financial Trends That Impact Liquidity
The Impact on Law Firms
Part 1D: EBITDA And Financial Metrics
An Introduction to the Efficient Market Hypothesis
Passive and Active Investing Compared
Fundamental and Technical Analysis
A Guide to EBITDA
P/E and P/B Ratios
Dividend Discount Model
Part 1E: Reading Financial Statements
What are Financial Statements?
Case Study: Sky's Financial Statements - Part 1
Case Study: The Income Statement - Part 2
Case Study: The Cash Flow Statement - Part 3
Part 2A: Commercial Awareness Series - Sovereign Wealth Funds
What Investments Do These Sovereign Wealth Funds Make?
History of Sovereign Wealth Funds
Why Have A Sovereign Wealth Fund?
Part 2B: Commercial Awareness Series - ESG and Impact Investing
Not Just ESG
How Did We Get Here?
Demographic and technology ESG developments
A Word on Ethics And Measurement
Diversification and Best In Class
Data and ESG Disclosure
What is ESG All About?
Does One Size Fit All?
Does ESG Work?
Part 2C: Commercial Awareness Series - The General Data Protection Regulation
Background to the GDPR
What Legislation did the GDPR replace?
What Exactly Is GDPR?
What Does GDPR Do For You And Me?
How Does GDPR Get Enforced In The UK?
Lawful Purpose and GDPR Principles
What Are My Rights Under The GDPR?
What Are The Responsibilities Of The Data Controller?
Data Protection Officer
Brexit And GDPR
Impact Of GDPR
Crime And Punishment
Part 2D: Commercial Awareness Series - Recessions and Financial Crises
Defining a Recession
Bear Markets and Depressions
Recession and Recovery
What Measures Do Governments Take Following Recessions
Criticisms of Government Spending during Recessions
Inflation and Public Spending
Monetary Policy Criticisms
Criticism of Quantitative Easing
Regulation and Legal Ramifications Of Recessions
How Do Investors Act During Recessions
Part 2E: Commercial Awareness Series - Financial Crises and a Few Lessons From History
The Wall Street Crash
The Great Depression
Savings & Loans Crisis
Japan's Lost Decade
The Asian Crisis
The Dotcom Bubble
The Great Financial Crisis (2007-2009)
The Impact on Law Firms
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