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Course covers

The course has been designed to help participants gain a solid understanding of widely-used economic terms, concepts and statistics. The course is presented in a clear way for non-economists with a limited formal economic background. We will learn in an accessible and concise way how to understand major themes in economics such as interest rates, exchange rates, fiscal policy and more.  In addition to explaining economic concepts we will look at economic policy making and the major economic indicators that affect the world’s financial markets.

Topics and Content

  • Core economic concepts
    – GDP, economic output and growth
    – Employment and different measures
    – Fiscal policy and monetary policy
    – Inflation and interest rates
    – Trade, balance of payments and exchange rate policies
  • Economic Data
    – Key economic data that affects financial markets
    – Measuring and interpretation economic indicators
  • Macro-policy making
    – The role of the Central Bank
    – The role of the Government budget and fiscal policies
    – International Institutions, IMF, World Bank
  • Economic Data
    – QE, Euro-zone ‘crisis’, Japan ‘Abenomics’

Course objective

The purpose of this course is to enable participants to:

  • Understand key economic concepts.
  • Identify and interpret influential economic indicators.
  • Gain awareness of the role of institutions such as Central Banks and other International bodies.
  • Evaluate, understand and critique current topics in international economics.

Who should attend?

The course is suitable to professionals at any level or in any role that would benefit from a greater familiarity and understanding of key economic concepts. The course is designed to appeal to both experienced professionals who wish to broaden or refresh their knowledge of economics or for new staff from a non-economic background who would benefit from an increased familiarity with important concepts.