2

Market Fundamentals

‘Everyone thinks you know and understand this....’

Introduction

How banks generate income

Three key assumptions

Role and use of LIBOR

Day counts

Financial maths

Calculating forward rates

Marking to market (MTM or M2M)

Yield curves

Quiz

INTRODUCTION

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