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New York Institute of Finance

Introduction to Bond, Equity Markets, and Financial Regulation

New York Institute of Finance via edX Professional Education


This course begins with an understanding of the role of debt and equity in a firm’s capital structure and identifies the main issuers of bonds and the different types of bonds they issue. Examples are used to calculate a bond’s price and its yield (IRR). You will learn how to distinguish between different yield curve shapes and understand their implications for the economy and the business cycle.

We then explore the role primary and secondary markets play and provides an understanding of the mechanics of a Treasury. You will learn about the sources and impacts of the different types of risks that bondholders face and the bond market’s use and calculation of credit ratings and credit spreads.

This course wraps up with an understanding of the different classes of Common Stock and the main types of Preferred Stock along with warrants and depositary receipts. You will get introduced to different types of stock markets, exchanges and electronic clearing networks. You will also learn about the key regulators of the financial system along with their primary objectives. You’ll also look at the main features and objectives of Dodd-Frank and Basel III.


LO1: Capital Markets LO2: Understanding Bond Market LO3: Issuers LO4: Classifying Bonds LO5: Coupon Bonds LO6: Interest Rate LO7: Sample Bond LO8: Coupon Frequency and Floating Rate Coupons LO9: Maturity L10: Legal Status of Bond Holders L11: Prepayment Provisions L12: Volatility and Prepayments L13: Bond Contract and Structures L14: Pass Thrus L15: Treasury Markets L16: Corporate Bond and Municipal Market L17: Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) L18: Asset Backed Securities (ABS) L19: Bond Pricing Language L20: Price/Yield Relationship L21: Treasury Yield Curve L22: Accrued Interest L23: Total Bond Price L24: Current Yield L25: Present and Future Value L26: Internal Rate of Return L27: Yield to Maturity (YTM) L28: Inflation L29: Yield Curve L30: Fiscal and Monetary Policy L31: Primary Dealers L32: Primary and Secondary Markets L33: Treasury Auction Process L34: Corporate Bonds/Primary Markets L35: Risks in Bond Market L36: Rating Agencies L37: Common Stock L38: Preferred Stock L39: Rights/Warrants L40: Depositary Receipts and Convertible Bonds L41: Primary and Secondary Markets L42: Other Markets L43: Regulation of the financial system

Taught by

Jack Farmer


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