The securities industry has a language of its own. Also, too often there is not a holistic understanding of the investment management process by the participants who man each link of the chain.

Since its inception over 20 years ago, Olmstead has used our tried and true industry training curriculum to helped firms raise their industry IQ and better service their internal and external constituents.

Whether general overviews of the products, players and processes within the industry or specialty classes that look at particular aspects of our industry in more detail, these classes can serve as an introduction for those who are new to the industry, a refresher for those who have been away and a broader perspective for specialists.

Classes are provided on both a public basis as well as client-specific basis to allow us to tailor the content to suit your requirements.  Current standard seminars include:

The accounting process within a client's portfolio begins once the investment decision is made and the trade is executed and settled. All transactions that occur need to be captured with the accounting system and tracked throughout their life in order to provide important information such as gain/loss, valuations and reporting. This seminar helps understand how this key function works in a succinct format. The presentation focuses on the key components within the accounting function including capturing the transactions, key calculations and important end of day processing.
What happens after the investment decision is made and the trades are executed? This seminar explores this key post-trade function performed by the investment manager, their custodians or both. This class will provide the participant a solid understanding of key custodial and operational functions such as trade settlement, principal & income collection, corporate actions and securities lending.
Investment management and trading, commonly referred to as the front office, has many different processes that need to be understood by everyone within the investment firm or those that provide services to one. This seminar will introduce the participant to the entire front office lifecycle from research and analytics to trading to valuation and performance.
The size of the Global Fixed Income Securities Market is over $100 trillion. This seminar presents an overview of fixed income security types and a model of market participants and their roles. Within this model, investment management firms' business and system requirements for investment management and trading, custody and securities processing, and securities accounting specific to fixed income are described in detail. Also presented are the view of various fixed income industry challenges.
Derivatives are increasingly complex yet becoming a common part of the securities industry. Whether you are involved in portfolio management, trading, custody or accounting, knowledge of these instruments and how they work is essential in today's investment environment. This course will provide the participant with an overview of the various derivatives and complex securities and their key features.
Understanding the securities industry does not come easily. It is a very large and complex market where securities worth trillions of dollars are traded and settled every day. This one day seminar presents an overview of the various US and Non-US security products and a model of market participants and their roles. Within this model, summary descriptions for trading & investment management, securities accounting, and custody processing are provided.
This two-day seminar is tailored to individuals looking to better understand the securities industry and how it works. Our Understanding the Securities Industry seminar presents an overview of security types and a model of market participants and their roles. Within this model, investment management firms and their business and system requirements for investment management and trading, custody and securities processing, and securities accounting are described in detail.

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“For Years, Olmstead’s training has helped our people understand the language of the securities industry.”
- Rebecca Walker,
Head of Learning & Development for a Global Investment Management Firm

"All of my expectations were exceeded. I will recommend this class to any new employee in my department."
- Class Participant,
Understanding the Securities Industry
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