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.
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
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
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
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.
MAY NEWS – NEW LEVERAGED FINANCE CLASS
This new course is growing in popularity – “What I found most interesting was getting the perspective of how these transactions work from someone who used to arrange them.”
MAY NEWS – FINANCE MAP’S BEST MONTH EVER
A big month across all parts of the business. All four of my classes taught; sessions for five different law firms and insurance firms; one-on-ones with an investment bank job starter and a young wealth investor; biggest revenue month ever.
APRIL NEWS – STUDENT CLASS ARRANGED BY RARE RECRUITMENT
I taught a 90-minute Finance Map class free of charge to 10 first-year university students interested in targeting jobs in financial firms. My audience was assembled by Rare Recruitment, a provider of career advice to students from diverse backgrounds.
APRIL NEWS – ASSET MANAGER SEEKING JOB SWITCH
I taught my new Leveraged Finance class to an experienced wealth manager interested in finding a role on the credit fixed income fund side of the market. This class allows me to teach about my own area of expertise before I founded Finance Map.
APRIL NEWS – NAVIGATING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS CLASS
I delivered the Navigating Financial Statements class for two London law firms. These audiences are usually more senior lawyers who are expected to have basic understanding of balance sheets, P&L accounts and the key ratios.
MARCH NEWS – MORE BOOKINGS OF MY LEVERAGED FINANCE CLASS
The Leveraged Finance class has been booked again – suitable for legal associates working in banking, high yield, corporate and private equity, and giving firms a chance to mix those teams together in the same session.
MARCH NEWS – JOB-SEEKING BROTHER AND SISTER
I taught a young woman before her interview with a law firm, having previously taught her brother in January. “You waved your magic wand and both Kate and Dan got the job/internship they wanted!!”.
MARCH NEWS – MORE CLASSES FOR US LAWYERS
Another two US East Coast classes, bringing this year’s total to four with the same large firm. Several lawyers stayed on Webex to ask further questions after the three hour class – “Thanks for the great session”.
FEBRUARY NEWS – LAUNCH OF LEVERAGED FINANCE CLASS
My new Leveraged Finance class was piloted with one of my law firm clients in December, and I am now offering it more widely. It is a much more specialised than my other classes, covering my precise area of expertise in the financial firms where I once worked.
FEBRUARY NEWS – INVESTING UNRAVELLED ON THE WEBSITE
The new Investing Unravelled class is now described on my website. So many people have wanted for years to change the way they manage their investments, and some of them have finally decided that it’s time.
FEBRUARY NEWS – US LAWYERS IN US OFFICES
Having taught the Asian offices of this large law firm in 2020, I have now taught two large classes to their US lawyers. This proved once again that Finance Map is a training for audiences all over the world.
JANUARY NEWS – THREE LAW FIRM CLASSES BY ZOOM
Three different law firm clients arranged for early New Year classes for trainees and/or associates – “The Finance Map diagram itself is incredibly useful” – “I think it covered the perfect level of depth” – “Matthew was a great speaker”.
JANUARY NEWS – FINANCE MAP FOR A CAREER CHANGER
When considering a career change to finance it’s important to understand which job options might best suit later applicants, and Finance Map provides this insight – as well as the financial knowledge needed in the eventual interviews.
JANUARY NEWS – ANOTHER FAMILY INVESTING UNRAVELLED CLASS
The new class focused on personal investments is gaining popularity, and this time I taught three siblings, all based in different locations. “Extremely valuable knowledge for confidently exploring investment options”.
DECEMBER NEWS – NEW HIGH YIELD DEBT FINANCING CLASS
I constructed a 90 minute class on high yield debt financing and delivered it to banking associates in a US law firm which has been pre-eminent in that field since my days as an investment banker – “Matthew’s sessions are genuinely fantastic“.
DECEMBER NEWS – NAVIGATING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR PR FIRM
I gave two Navigating Financial Statements classes to the same PR Directors and Partners who had attended Finance Map in the previous week. This time we were able to debate the accounting-related issues that their clients face.