Foundations of Financial Markets In South Africa online short course


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8 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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South African markets withhold a favourable investment climate complicated by intricate legislation and erratic economic policy making.

Before making any investment decision, an in-depth understanding of the individualised financial environment, specifically South African markets, is needed. Understand the inner workings and complex legislation and regulation of financial markets in South Africa in eight weeks to empower yourself to make more strategic investment decisions.

Use this financial market course to capitalise on forex and investment markets, or begin your career in a booming financial sector, by validating your knowledge on an introduction to financial markets with a certificate from Africa’s leading University.


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What will set you apart

After taking this financial market course, you’ll gain South African markets knowledge and the confidence to:

  • Contextualise South African markets within the global financial sector 
  • Explain lending and borrowing, as it occurs in the fixed income and money investment markets
  • Critique the roles of financial market indices, exchange traded notes and funds 
  • Define financial market risk and the role of financial derivatives as mitigants
This course is endorsed by UCT’s African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM).

Course curriculum

Learn to leverage the various South African markets and investment markets vehicles available to you within African markets with a financial market course from UCT.

  • Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to South African financial markets
  • Course Module 2: The money market
  • Course Module 3: The equity market
  • Course Module 4: The forex market
  • Course Module 5: The fixed income market
  • Course Module 6: The derivatives market
  • Course Module 7: Legislation and regulations of the South African markets
  • Course Module 8: Investing and investment performance

Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

Atang Moletsane

Senior Analyst

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.

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