ABOUT FINANCE MAP

“Finance Map” is a three-hour class created by Matthew Craston for companies, to give their employees a much more detailed understanding of finance. Relevant companies will be all those which interact with financial firms, as well as financial institutions themselves. Matthew delivers his training in the offices of the company, or remotely by video conference.

Finance Map can also be delivered face-to-face or by video conference as a one-on-one tutorial to individuals seeking jobs with financial firms, or professionals just wishing to understand finance better.

“Navigating Financial Statements” is a second class created for company employees working with financial statements, who need a clearer understanding of how they work and how to interpret them.

“Investing Unravelled” is a third class developed to assist individuals with managing their own personal investments. It doesn’t aim to advise on specific investments, but it provides all of the other key knowledge needed for investment decision making.

Each of the three classes works effectively on a stand-alone basis, without requiring attendance of the other two sessions.

December news – Another new law firm

DECEMBER NEWS – ANOTHER NEW LAW FIRM

Having taught at a new law firm client in October, I gave my financial statements session to another new firm just before Christmas. This  meant 13 different major law firms in the calendar year, with a fourteenth scheduled for February.

December news – Class for three US students

DECEMBER NEWS – CLASS FOR THREE STUDENTS

I gave a Zoom class to three Los Angeles-based college students, all considering careers in finance. I heard from the father of one of them that the session sparked a lively dinner conversation that night about hedge funds.

November news – Risk management consultants

NOVEMBER NEWS – RISK MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS

Finance Map assists some of the many companies which advise on corporate investigations and strategic intelligence – with consultants who need a closer understanding of the different financial firms and how they work.

November news – Navigating Financial Statements

NOVEMBER NEWS – NAVIGATING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

This class continues to work brilliantly online, with the help of screen sharing – “This is my second course with him and again, I think he is in the top bracket of anyone who has presented training for us”.

NOVEMBER NEWS – MORE ONSITE CLASSES

NOVEMBER NEWS – MORE ONSITE CLASSES

Half of my classes were taught remotely and half took place in offices. Three of the remote classes were split into two 90-minute sessions over one or two days, which some clients have come to prefer.

October news – More lawyer trainees in real life

OCTOBER NEWS – MORE LAWYER TRAINEES IN REAL LIFE

A favourite law firm client arranged both my Finance Map and Navigating Financial Statements classes in consecutive weeks, for the same group of new trainees, and it was a pleasure to deliver both sessions in their offices.

October news – Finance Map for wealth managers

OCTOBER NEWS – FINANCE MAP FOR WEALTH MANAGERS

I taught Finance Map for a client in the wealth management sector, which likes to give young employees more knowledge of the activities of the other participants in the financial markets – for example investment banks, hedge funds and private equity firms.

October news – New law firm client

OCTOBER NEWS – NEW LAW FIRM CLIENT

I taught Finance Map at a brand new law firm – another of the top US firms with an ever growing presence in London, requiring regular trainee intakes. This class was a remote one, but I will be hoping to visit them next time.

September news – More magic circle lawyers

SEPTEMBER NEWS – MORE MAGIC CIRCLE LAWYERS

I gave two Zoom classes for a magic circle law firm, each with 30 or so attendees from across Europe (and Johannesburg and Dubai). I was pleased with this in the chat box: “That was incredible! Thank you Matthew”.

September news – Finance Map for executive search

SEPTEMBER NEWS – FINANCE MAP FOR EXECUTIVE SEARCH

I taught a class of seven at a top London executive search firm, and I was delighted to visit their offices and meet them all face-to-face – especially as this is a sector where there is always lively interaction.

September news – New family office client

SEPTEMBER NEWS – NEW FAMILY OFFICE CLIENT

I taught ten employees of a major London family office, a brand new client. The organiser was told about me by one of the law firms where I teach, and had this feedback afterwards: “I thought it was brilliant – thanks for organising”.

August news – New Leveraged Finance class

AUGUST NEWS – NEW LEVERAGED FINANCE CLASS

A big law firm arranged my new Leveraged Finance class for their trainees, on the same day as Finance Map. As one of the world’s top leveraged finance firms, they decided to teach these credit market complexities as early as possible.

August news – On-site teaching resumes at last

AUGUST NEWS – ON-SITE TEACHING RESUMES AT LEAST

I was thrilled to visit the smart new offices of a large law firm client to give my first large on-site classes for 18 months, with both morning and afternoon sessions. “The feedback received so far has been excellent, as usual”.

July news – New Leveraged Finance class

JULY NEWS – NEW LEVERAGED FINANCE CLASS

My new class is well and truly established, explaining the detail of leveraged finance – the structures, the terms, the providers, the underwriting process, the CLO market and distressed debt. “Thank you for running a great course for us, Matthew”.

July news – Diversity of lawyers

JULY NEWS – DIVERSITY OF LAWYERS

July example of the offices and groups covered in a single class: London, Amsterdam, Budapest, Madrid, Italy, Belgium, Johannesburg, Dubai, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, Istanbul; Corporate, Litigation, Banking, ICM, Real Estate & Taxation.

July news – More split classes

JULY NEWS – MORE SPLIT CLASSES

One of my public relations clients, where I teach senior directors, prefers to split both my Finance Map and Navigating Financial Statements classes into two 90-minute “halves”, either on the morning and afternoon of the same day, or on consecutive days.

June news – Sixth formers Finance Map

JUNE NEWS – SIXTH FORMERS FINANCE MAP

Finance Map classes in schools are rare, but this very bright group of sixth formers managed the full three hours, split into two sessions of 90 minutes on consecutive days. One father remarked: “They really felt it brought things alive.”

June news – Another Asian Finance Map class

JUNE NEWS – ANOTHER ASIAN FINANCE MAP CLASS

Similar to last November, I taught a single large class of lawyers based in Sydney, Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh – a perfect illustration of the power of remote learning.

June news – Finance Map Euros

JUNE NEWS – FINANCE MAP EUROS

I gave two Finance Map classes and two Navigating  Financial Statements classes for my biggest public relations client, with Directors and Partners from their European offices – including Brussels, Paris, Milan, Munich and Frankfurt.

May news – Investing Unravelled class grows further

MAY NEWS – INVESTING UNRAVELLED CLASS GROWS FURTHER

I give this tutorial to older investors using wealth managers and younger ones developing the confidence to invest without them. This month I met an outstanding example from the second group.