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Crash Course in Bonds
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Crash Course in Bonds

A step-by-step crash course in bonds designed for those pursuing a career in fixed income research, investments, sales and trading or investment banking (debt capital markets).

Why You Should Take This Course

We’ll be blunt: bond analysis is usually taught horribly. Our course completely demystifies fixed income analysis to give people from the outside a clear window to the inside.

If you’ve ever tried to learn about bonds – either through a textbook, a university class, or CFA training materials, you’ve most likely discovered that it quickly gets painful. We’ll be blunt: bond analysis is usually taught horribly. Beyond super-basic concepts of bond pricing and interest rate valuation, concepts like convexity, modified duration and forward curves are introduced with no connection to how they relate to real-world investment strategies.

We made this bonds course with one overall objective in mind: to make something truly different than what’s out there now. Something that completely demystifies fixed income analysis and gives people a clear window to the inside.

We feel certain we've accomplished this. We take you step-by-step through the core concepts you need, and completely cut out concepts you’ll never use. The result is an intuitive look at the use of bonds in fixed income research, sales and trading and investment banking.

What You Will Learn

  • Fixed income market overview
  • Bond math basics
  • Yield calculations and conventions
  • Money Market math
  • Interest rate risk
  • Real world bond pricing nuances
  • Callable bonds
  • The yield curve
  • Nominal spread & Z-spread
  • OAS
  • Spot rates
  • Realized compound yield
  • Holding period yield
  • Forward rates
  • Credit analysis
  • Debt Capital Markets

PLUS:  We'll show you how market practitioners use Bloomberg on the job.

Wall Street Prep's Crash Course in Bonds is used at top financial institutions and business schools.

Course Samples

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Interpreting the Bloomberg YAS screen
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Yield curve shape at various points in the business cycle

Get the Bond Math & Analysis Certification

Trainees are eligible to take the WSP Bond Math & Analysis Certification Exam for 24 months from the date of enrollment. Those who complete the exam and score above 70% will receive the certification. The exam is a challenging online examination covering the most difficult concepts covered in the Crash Course in Bonds and Debt.

Course Highlights

  • Used on the Street

    This is the same comprehensive course our corporate clients use to prepare their analysts and associates.

  • 1.5x, 2x video speed

    Save loads of time by bumping up playback speed to breeze through lessons at your own pace.

  • Taught by bankers

    Our instructors are former I-bankers who give lessons real-world context by connecting it to their experience on the desk.

  • Instructor Support

    Have a question on course content? Communicate directly with instructors by asking questions throughout the course.

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