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.
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.
DECEMBER NEWS – TWO MORE INVESTING UNRAVELLED SESSIONS
I taught my new class twice more to individuals needing more knowledge about making their own personal investments through wealth managers. One of the sessions was with another two-generation family group.
NOVEMBER NEWS – FIRST INVESTING UNRAVELLED CLASS
I taught my first “Investing Unravelled” class, whose objective is to assist individuals with making their own personal investments. This worked very well with a small family group, in this case a father with three married children.
NOVEMBER NEWS – FINANCE MAP FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM
My best PR client booked two Finance Map classes with small audiences of Directors and Partners. These sessions always provoke lively debate of current issues relevant to the clients of class participants.
NOVEMBER NEWS – CLASSES FOR LAWYERS IN ASIA
I taught two Finance Map classes to 60 lawyers based in Australia, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. As a result, the firm will use me for US lawyers next year.
OCTOBER NEWS – NAVIGATING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The Navigating Financial Statements class was delivered to a law firm client – “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.”
OCTOBER NEWS – FINANCE MAP
One of my long standing law firm clients had their fourth and fifth Finance Map classes of this year – all of them remote. I am always happy to give a price discount to multiple users in a single year.
OCTOBER NEWS – TWO NEW CLIENTS
I taught Finance Map to a new Executive Search client, and Navigating Financial Statements to a new Public Relations client. The former was kindly referred to me by a competitor in the sector.
SEPTEMBER NEWS – “INVESTING UNRAVELLED” INTEREST
One of my longest standing law firm clients is recommending the use of my new “Investing Unravelled” class next year, as an employee benefit to those starting to manage their own personal investments.
SEPTEMBER NEWS – LAUNCH OF NEW CLASS
I have launched my new class, “Investing Unravelled”, whose objective is to assist individuals with making their own personal investments. As with my other classes, the focus is not on advice, but on improving knowledge.
SEPTEMBER NEWS – WEALTH MANAGEMENT CLIENT
I taught the September joiners at a top asset management firm. I always think my class would have been perfect when I joined my first financial institution all those years ago.
AUGUST NEWS – AVERAGE CLASS SIZES INCREASE
My average Finance Map class size has been steadily increasing, with one class of 29 people. I have quickly learned with Webex and Zoom how to share my materials on screen while keeping the class participants in view.
AUGUST NEWS – TWO CLASSES IN A DAY
One of my longstanding UK clients likes me to teach trainee classes to two separate groups on both morning and afternoon of the same day – I found that this could be managed relatively easily with remote delivery.
AUGUST NEWS – EXCITING NEW BUSINESS
I taught 40 associates in two classes with one of the world’s largest law firms, who decided to use Finance Map for the first time when the lock-down necessitated remote delivery. They have now made four further bookings this year.
JULY NEWS – MORE ONE-TO-ONE TUTORIALS
Two young job seeking individuals received my tutorial – the screen sharing facility means that my one-to-one Finance Map sessions may work even better “remotely” than “face-to-face”.
JULY NEWS – A VARIETY OF REMOTE CLIENTS
Two more Finance Map classes for law firms this month, but also one for my favourite wealth management firm, and another for a group of female investors that was very kindly organised for me by a previous client.