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How to become a finance expert with no knowledge

If you want to develop your own financial expertise then having no initial knowledge is actually a great place to start. There are a wealth of resources available today for anyone who is interested in becoming more knowledgeable where finance is concerned, whether you’re looking to acquire expertise relating to complex securities or your own personal finances.

Books are a great place to begin

Whether you opt for paperback or the Kindle version, reading can open the door to a huge amount of knowledge when it comes to financial topics. The For Dummies series, for example, is renowned for simplifying complicated topics and making them easier to grasp and there are a number of other specific titles, such as The Richest Man in Babylon, which help to provide the basics. The online world also offers incredible resources where reading is concerned. A simple Google search will usually turn up multiple websites where you can read about everything, from pensions to corporate investment.

Get some first hand knowledge

Once you’ve started to gain a basic understanding of the financial matters that most interest you it’s often worth talking to someone who has been working in the industry for some time. You might start with something as simple as an appointment with a financial adviser who can explain how different financial products fit together or by attending lectures or seminars that are given by the experts. The financial services industry also puts on events, whether these are hosted by firms in the sector or by regulatory bodies, and these can be an incredibly useful source of information especially about specific or specialist topics.

Develop what you’ve learned

Once you understand the fundamental principles of the financial products or systems you’re interested in it’s time to refine that knowledge. That could mean a visit to the local library to pick out specific titles that will help you to advance further – or booking yourself onto a course that covers a niche you want to know more about. The financial services world is constantly evolving and becoming an expert means committing to ongoing learning.

If you currently don’t have any financial knowledge but you’re keen to become an expert there are lots of opportunities to make a productive start. Find out more by booking onto our Finance for Non-Finance Managers Training Course…

In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.