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.
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 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
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 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
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
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.