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LAT joins forces with FXCM UK to launch new trading programme

The London Academy of Trading (LAT) has launched a Financial Trading Programme in association with online spread betting and CFD broker Forex Capital Markets Limited ("FXCM UK"). This new course marks another step forward in LAT’s expansion as it remains the only accredited education provider of financial trading in the UK. 

FXCM UK is a leading provider of online foreign exchange (forex) trading, CFD trading, spread betting and related services. Working with FXCM UK, LAT aims to help clients further develop their trading techniques, with particular emphasis on trading psychology and risk management. FXCM UK clients will get the chance to participate in live webinars, hosted by professional traders and guest speakers, with the exclusive opportunity to pose questions to the experts. 

Ilies Larbi, Managing Director at FXCM UK, commented, “We are excited to work with LAT and look forward to providing our retail trading audience with access to additional high quality training and trading techniques while they trade on our innovative and award winning platform¹”.

As part of the Financial Trading Programme, FXCM UK clients will be given personal review sessions with LAT traders and mentors. These sessions will help each individual create their own trading plan, presenting them with a clear way forward in their career once their course has ended.

Paddy Osborn, Academic Director at LAT, said “We are thrilled to be working with FXCM UK., to help their UK clients develop even more structured and robust trading strategies.”

“Our one-on-one reviews include a range of trade plans, while our one-month course and series of interactive webinars focus on fundamental and technical analysis, trading psychology and risk management,” he added.

LAT alumni have an excellent track record of achievement in successfully climbing the career ladder in the finance world. With the knowledge and skills they have acquired at LAT, many have gone on to fill roles in the City of London as well as other financial hubs worldwide. Exceptional graduates also have the opportunity to join LAT as trading mentors, or may advance to our professional trading desk to trade company funds on live accounts. 

¹FX Weeks's e-FX Awards recognise industry excellence in electronic foreign exchange. FXCM is honored to be the recipient of the 2009 and 2010 award for Best Retail Platform

About FXCM Inc.

FXCM Inc. (NYSE:FXCM) is a leading provider of online foreign exchange (forex) trading, CFD trading, spread betting and related services. Our mission is to provide global traders with access to the world's largest and most liquid market by offering innovative trading tools, hiring excellent trading educators, meeting strict financial standards and striving for the best online trading experience in the market.

Clients have the advantage of mobile trading, one-click order execution and trading from real-time charts. In addition, FXCM offers educational courses on forex trading and provides free news and market research through to our retail clients.

Disclaimer: Trading foreign exchange and CFDs on margin carries a high level of risk, which may result in losses that could exceed your deposits, therefore may not be suitable for all investors. Read full UK disclaimer.

Forex Capital Markets Limited is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registration number 217689. Registered in England and Wales with Companies House company number 04072877.


LAT Academic Dean Paddy Osborn interviewed by BBC London radio

LAT Academic Dean Paddy Osborn was interviewed in a BBC London 94.9 news report on the Dow Jones ‘Flash Crash’ case involving a London trader, on Wednesday, 22 April.

Speaking with BBC London on the ‘Drivetime with Eddie Nestor’ programme, Paddy was brought on as a trading expert to discuss spoofing and what caused the ‘Flash Crash’.

Paddy noted that spoofers exploit the behaviour of other people – that they tease people to get them to act in a way the spoofers want them to, so they can get the price they want to whilst trading.

Paddy expressed surprise at how long it had taken to discover Navinder Singh Sarao’s alleged action and said: “The sell orders by the spoofer triggered algorithmic trading, which was the main trigger behind the flash crash.”

He added: “The key point about the flash crash is that things have been put in place to stop a repeat of that sort of results in the market.”


You can listen to the programme here:

The actual report begins around the 01:07:00 mark, and Paddy’s segment comes in at around 01:10:00.

LSBF Finance Students Experience Financial Trading Week at LAT

LSBF students on the GGSB MSc in Finance programme recently took part in a week-long course in financial market trading to complement their degrees, gaining practical experience in risk managing real-time trades in live markets. The programme was delivered in partnership with the London Academy of Trading (LAT) in Tower Hill, London.


During the programme, each student was given their own trading terminal to learn real-life trading skills. They covered several topics, including fundamental and technical analysis, trading psychology and risk management, plus experience-building in multi-asset class exposure and career development. With live squawk audio feeds from LAT’s trading floors, they also gained practical knowledge in areas like equities, foreign exchange, commodities, fixed income, and multi-asset trading.


Students had access to daily market analysis from leading investment banks and hedge funds, helping them to understand the fundamental drivers of contemporary financial markets and become accustomed to the terminology used. Each day started with key theory delivered by senior traders and mentors, after which students logged onto their trading platform to trade with live market prices from global exchanges. As they progressed, students had a chance to develop their own trading style.


Dr Steve Priddy, LSBF Director of Research and Academic Dean for GGSB Programmes, said: “The GGSB MSc Finance builds a strong foundation in the theory and practice of making financial decisions in an international environment. Understanding how the financial markets operate is a crucial part of the course. We’re very happy to work with our partners from LAT and provide our students with important practical skills in trading and risk management.”


Paddy Osborn, Academic Dean at the London Academy of Trading, added: “Being able to apply a clear understanding of global macroeconomics is crucial for anyone aiming to pursue a career within the international financial markets. Our training method was designed to enhance students’ skills in the sector and allow them to be fully prepared for any role within the industry.”

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LAT joins GUS

Summer 2014 - This summer, London Academy of Trading joined Global University Systems (GUS), a global education group (both an education teaching practitioner and an education services provider). GUS's network of institutions, affiliates and partners work across borders to offer globally-respected programmes and qualifications to students from all corners of the world.


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LAT Hosts Free Trading Workshop in London

29 October 2014 - This week, the London Academy of Trading (LAT) hosted an open evening workshop in their trading floors in London to show current and prospective students what it takes to be a professional financial trader.


Guests were able to experience the unique atmosphere of LAT’s trading floor in Devonshire Square with access to real-time market data as part of the workshop.


As one of the new divisions of our Group, LAT is one of London’s leading trading educators, with faculty including experienced trading professionals from companies like JP Morgan, Barclays, and CITI Group.  All of LAT’s programmes combine academic teaching with extensive practical exercises, helping students familiarise with the real world of financial markets trading.


Like all of GUS’s schools, LAT is dedicated to providing career-focused education and maximising student employability. Operating since 2010, the school has also built strong partnerships with various brokers and financial establishments, opening up opportunities for students and trainees.


In-house training and practical events like this workshop are a huge part of why students at LAT and other GUS institutions gain an advantage over others in the job market.

LAT partners with Buckswood School

November 2014 - The London Academy of Trading (LAT) has just completed a new deal with Buckswood School to teach finance courses to their pupils.


As part of the new partnership, 11 students from the school have been visiting LAT this week to learn what it’s like to be a market trader, including taking part in a competition for the best performance.


Buckswood School is a private school of over 400 pupils from nearly fifty different countries, and has been assessed by Ofsted as good or outstanding in most categories.


Natasha Page, Sales Director for the London Academy of Trading, said: "It's a real achievement for us to have Buckswood School on board, and we are now putting together an NVQ for them as part of their curriculum in the future.


“This partnership is something we can really build on to give these students a good grounding in finance and help them get off to a flying start in their careers.”

LAT speaks to Financial Times journalists

December 2014 - Paddy Osborne, the academic director of LAT, visited the Financial Times’ offices this week to speak to seven of their 'Wealth' journalists. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what a trader has to do to become the top of their game.
In his talk, he said that a lot comes down to staying relaxed, having a plan and ensuring that you manage the psychology of trading, as well as a focus on market analysis.
LAT is pleased to have helped financial journalists understand the topic, and now look forward to seeing further mentions of LAT in the esteemed pink pages of the FT.

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