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ACTME Women in Finance Workshop with guest speaker Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE.

On Wednesday 10th February, we organised a unique workshop for senior women working in financial roles or in the finance industry. Tara Cherniawski, Chief Learning officer for Inspirus Learning (and former Learning and Development Director for Jumeirah Group) kicked off the morning with an exercise to bond the group. We each had to speak to 5 other ladies to find five things we had in common in just 20 seconds. After this short exercise the energy in the room was palpable and we all felt a little more willing to share our experiences with each other. The morning focused on
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Brexit: will we, won’t we; and what would it mean?

We receive requests to talk on Brexit. The problem for us is that there is little to talk about. Government minds have not moved to discuss how it would happen and most “exit” scenarios are pushed out by parties trying to preserve the status quo. From a financial markets viewpoint, Brexit could be undramatic. – We are not in the Euro, we have our own central bank, and we have a direct relationship with the IMF and G20 – We are signed up to the G20/Pittsburgh initiative, which is EMIR and CRD IV, and so these can remain transposed into
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Policy and Technical insight – February 2016

Bank resolution is being tested before ‘bail in’ implemented A week where old fashioned means of resolving €200bn of Italian bad loans came to the fore: they are to be sold with a market price government credit guarantee. The government felt pressed to stop a loss of faith in banks when it never had the UK option of borrowing to recapitalise them. Market making – thin end of the regulatory wedge: Reuters bring attention to withdrawal of market makers from government bonds. Are we witnessing waning interest as MiFID II transparency rules loom over the horizon, and CRDIV requirements make
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Birmingham Business School — an ACT Accredited University

The ACT is delighted to announce that it will be working with Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham to support the development of international future finance talent. Birmingham is the first to become an ACT accredited University for our new qualifications. All students graduating from the MSc Financial Management programme will, in addition to their degree, be able to gain the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals and Certificate in Treasury if they meet the required criteria either through exemption or further study. This will help get graduates off to the best possible start in their careers with a recognised
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Deals of the Year 2016

The Treasurer’s Deals of the Year awards have been going for 18 years now and it’s been an extraordinary journey. Not just for statistics alone, although they have been remarkable, but for the respect and recognition treasurers have brought to their profession. Now, having said the word statistics, I can’t resist the temptation… More than $2 trillion of capital funding and finance has been raised in the last 12 months and more than 2,500 nominations recognising those deals have been submitted. I should also mention the 1800 people fed and watered at the celebration lunches (and now dinners) and nearly two hundred awards
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Face-to-face learning: helping you build your network

In this final blog in the series, I outline perhaps the most important benefit of face-to-face learning; sharing your learning experience in a classroom environment and studying with your peers means that you are in a position to build your professional network. People come from all sorts of different backgrounds and levels of experience and often you learn just as much from them as the tutor when you’re in the classroom. It’s very hard to recreate this in an online set-up and make the personal connections that you can in a face-to-face learning environment. We find many students on ACT
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School’s not quite out for summer…

There are several reasons why we spend a fair (or unfair, depending on your experience!) amount of our childhood building our knowledge and preparing ourselves for the adult world in a classroom; the face-to-face interaction with a subject expert is an established, tried and tested approach to learning. It makes perfect sense to have an authority figure to guide you through your learning. So it seems slightly ludicrous to think that when we’re learning as adults, that expert figure is not required. In this series of blogs, I’m covering five key reasons why, if you’re studying an ACT qualification, you
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The flexibility of face-to-face learning

ACT learning workshops, and their intrinsic face-to-face approach, provide you with everything you need to succeed in your assessments. In this series of blogs, I’m exploring exactly how learning with others, in the form of tutors and fellow students, offers you benefits that extend beyond passing your qualification. Last week I looked at the importance of interaction and staying motivated when studying, but face-to face learning also offers a flexible approach to accommodate different people’s needs. When studying online, the ACT try to guide you through a learning journey to keep you motivated and on track. However, the nature of


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