Money and financial markets

The course aims to provide participants with a more real-world understanding of financial markets in general, and the Sri Lankan financial markets in particular. Considerable emphasis is placed on current debates focusing on the emergence of digital currencies, the changing nature of wholesale money markets, the development of non-bank electronic payments mechanisms, the changing objectives of central banks and the monetary policy instruments they are using, and the emergence of new global payments systems that are seeking to by-pass the US dollar.

Course syllabus


No prior knowledge presumed. While we recommend that everyone who is interested in learning a fundamentally different economics starts with our business economics course, all our courses are designed as stand-alone modules.

15 hours

2-3 weeks

Sri Lanka case study

Available in online format

What you'll get out of the course


About the trainer

Dr Howard Nicholas has over 40 years of teaching experience in universities and business schools in a number of countries including China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. From 1981-2020 he was based at the Institute of Social Studies (part of Erasmus University of Rotterdam), where he was awarded best-teacher award every year since the award was first given―from 2000 to 2020.

He is regularly invited to give lectures on the global economy and is known by those who have attended his lectures for his early warnings on the Asian crisis in 1997, the global crises of 2001 and 2008, the little known crisis of the Chinese economy in 2015, and the global crisis of 2020.

Who will benefit

The target group is those lower and middle level executives that are a) working in the financial sector and have need of a more practical understanding of the workings of this sector, or b) working in other sectors but have need of an understanding of the workings of the financial sector. This includes those with and without a formal training in the workings of financial markets. The only requirement for following the course is a desire to learn something of practical relevance, and using one’s own common-sense and logic to do so.

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