FRM Part I (2020)

Approved Exam Preparation Provider for Financial Risk Manager (FRM) 2020 Certification Course.
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Financial Risk Manager (FRM) is the world's most highly valued accreditation for financial professionals who manage risk. FRM program is managed by Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP, USA). FRM is also accountable to evaluate and take appropriate action to control risks that involves Inflation, Foreign exchange, Liquidity etc.
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Mr. Amit Parakh
CFA FRM CA CS and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. An expert Finance trainer. more>>
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Course Overview

GARP logoApproved Exam Preparation Provider for Financial Risk Manager (FRM) 2020 Certification Course.

This Online Training Course on Financial Risk Manager or FRM® Certification covers the syllabus prescribed by GARP for 2020 exams and is delivered by FinShastra, founded by Amit Parakh, a CA, FRM, CS and CFA holder and a renowned trainer for FRM and related Finance Courses.

Overview of FRM Certification

Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) – is the world's most highly valued accreditation for financial professionals who manage risk. FRM program is managed by Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP, USA)

The FRM is a globally recognized yardstick certification program for financial risk managers and is the de-facto global qualification in the practice of Financial Risk Management.

Ideally, FRM certification is for banking and finance specialists who are involved in analysing, controlling, or assessing potential credit, market, operational risks and anticipating various risks that the organization may be susceptible to in the process of growing and creating value. FRM is also accountable to evaluate and take appropriate action to control risks that involves Inflation, Foreign exchange, Volatility, Liquidity etc.

The program is highly acclaimed due to the available number of job opportunities and lower fees for the course per se. FRM fees is much lower when compared to the fees of CFA and MBA.

About FRM Certification

FRM certification helps you to scale the ladder and move ahead in the global job market. Certified FRMs have secured positions such as Chief Risk Officer, Senior Risk Analyst, Head of Operational Risk and Director of Risk Management and so on. In evidencing your skill and displaying better risk practices, you automatically enrol yourself to a world-wide community who are enthusiastic to improve financial stability.

As the fiscal industry becomes progressively competitive and anxious about managing risk, it is imperative to engage yourself and your capabilities to add value to an organization. Possessing FRM certification indicates to employers that you are sincere about risk management and that you have had your Certification authenticated against international professional standards. By linking yourself to the FRM community, you become part of the elite group of accomplished professionals who are pursued after and employed by the leading financial institutions in the world.

It has been observed that most people who participate in the program would endorse it to others to do the same. Professionals in the field of finance and having widespread knowledge about economy and finance can work as a Financial Risk Manager. Most of the reputed risk management firms give enormous value to a FRM qualified person. Therefore, FRM certification is a necessity for any aspiring Financial Risk Manager. The credential gives one an exhaustive understanding of world economy, financial markets, various risk models and much more. Although the certification gives demanding knowledge about risk management, one must be skilful of taking premeditated risks while working under tremendous pressure to flourish as a FRM professional.

FRM certification is a highly sought-after testimonial throughout the world. While large-scale risk management firms continue to remain as major employers of FRM professionals, one can work as a freelancer too. Major corporations and investment bankers take FRM services from risk management firms, and some of them employs FRM professionals. A FRM certified professional can aim for positions such as Risk Quantification Manager, Credit risk specialist, Market risk specialist, Enterprise Risk Manager, Operational risk analysts, Regulatory risk analysts etc.

The compensation and other perks for an FRM professional is usually high as it involves extensive traveling and working under pressure. The under-lying truth is It is a highly rewarding and satisfying career.

FRM aspirant is offered a ‘FRM Charter’ upon completion of the course. There are over 26000 FRM charter holders across globe.

Benefits of FRM Certification

The highlight of the FRM certification is that it gives you a distinctive advantage from the other risk professionals who are operative in money and investment turfs. FRM certification is of such high standards that every top employer recognizes and appreciates it. The skills that a FRM integrates are priceless and the FRM certification provides you with state of the art knowledge that is required in its field.

The FRM certification gives you the opportunity to network with some of the experts in the market and expands opportunities in the world of finance. More than 30,000 individuals from 141 countries across the globe have passed the FRM Exam, automatically, empowering you to become part of the elite group.

Employers around the world realize that the FRM Program prepares candidates with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic financial sector. The FRM designation is by far the best known and most respected designation for financial risk, with all the top 25 global banks having a significant presence of Certified FRMs in its organisation.

Financial risk managers in the USA can earn anywhere between US$ 100,000 and US$ 250,000. They receive various peripheral benefits, which include pension, health insurance, paid vacations and much more. The average salary of an FRM in India is around INR 900,000

The amount of money a financial risk manager earns depends primarily on several factors. Some of the factors which influence are:
  • Experience
  • Academic qualification
  • who or which company they work for also plays a significant role on the level of compensation
FRM certified professional will have the below mentioned career prospects:
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Analytics Client Consultant – Risk Management Analytics
  • Risk Manager, Personal Banking
  • Corporate Risk – Managing Director – COO & Risk Officer for Global Asset Liability Management
  • Risk Quantification Manager
  • Manager, Operational Risk Advisory and Oversight for Wealth Management
  • Large Enterprise Commercial Risk Manager
  • Senior Operational Risk Manager
  • Credit risk specialists
  • Market risk specialists
  • Operational risk analysts
  • Regulatory risk analysts
  • Risk Manager, Prudential Risk
  • Enterprise Risk Manager
  • Risk Manager
In a nutshell an FRM will:
  • Stand out to employers and set himself apart
  • Develop knowledge and expertise
  • Join an elite group across the world
  • Demonstrate leadership at work
  • Affirm achievements through real-world experience
  • Enhance reputation
  • Grow global networking connection
  • Increase job opportunities across the globe

Course Curriculum
1 Banks Preview 27:11
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2 Insurance Companies and Pension Plans 42:26
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3 Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds 40:13
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4 Introduction to Options Futures and other Derivatives 45:47
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5 Future Markets and Central Counterparties 53:20
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6 Hedging Strategies with Futures Preview 28:06
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7 Interest Rates 01:08:36
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8 Determination of Future and Forward Prices 43:52
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9 Interest Rate Futures 40:22
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10 Swaps 50:12
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11 Mechanics of Option Markets 35:25
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12 Properties of Stock Options 31:46
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13 Trading Strategies Involving Options 46:23
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14 Exotic Options 31:15
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15 Commodities Futures and Forwards 46:04
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16 Exchanges OTC Derivatives DPCs and SPVs 28:22
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17 Basic Principles of Central Clearing 28:57
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18 Risks Caused By CCPs 13:15
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19 Foreign Exchange Risk 34:11
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20 Corporate Bonds 38:54
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21 Mortgages and Mortgage Backed Securities 1 30:50
22 Mortgages and Mortgage Backed Securities 2 42:42
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23 Probability Preview 46:42
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24 Basic Statistics 51:18
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25 Distributions 37:41
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26 Bayesian Analysis 21:20
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27 Hypothesis Testing and Confidence Interval 33:59
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28 Linear Rigression with One Regressor 29:46
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29 Single Regressor Hypothesis Test and Confidence interval 36:28
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30 Linear Regression with Multiple Regressors 24:25
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31 Hypothesis Test and Confidence Intervals in Multiple Regression 40:55
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32 Modeling and Forecasting Trend Preview 25:09
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33 Modeling and Forecasting Seasonality 21:12
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34 Characterizing Cycles 31:27
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35 Modeling Cycles 17:30
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36 Volatility 37:37
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37 Correlations and Copulas 27:39
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38 Simulation Methods 39:52
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39 Understanding VaR Methods Preview 21:33
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40 Quantifying Volatility Part 1 39:08
41 Quantifying Volatility Part 2 19:25
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42 Putting VaR to Work 33:02
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43 Measures of Financial Risk 31:12
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44 Binomial Tree 38:26
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45 Black Scholes Merton Model Preview 27:13
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46 The Greek Letters 42:02
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47 Price, Discount Factors and Arbitrage 36:53
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48 Spot, Forward and Par Rates 40:35
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49 Returns, Spread and Yields 36:00
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50 One Factor Risk Metrics and Hedges 40:11
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51 Multi-Factor Risk Metrics and Hedges 39:57
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52 Country Risk: Determinants Measures and Implications 30:15
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53 External and Internal Ratings 20:32
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54 Capital Structure in Banks 21:50
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55 Operational Risk 33:03
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56 Governance OverStress Testing 16:28
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57 Stress Testing and Other Risk Management Tools 12:02
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58 Principles for Sound Stress Testing Practices and Supervision 23:52
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59 Risk Management A Helicopter view 38:56
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60 Corporate Risk Management A Primer Preview 26:08
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61 Corporate Governance and Risk Management 16:43
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62 Enterprise Risk Management 15:38
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63 Risk Management, Governance, Culture and Risk Taking in Banks Preview 20:40
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64 Financial Disasters Preview 16:22
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65 Deciphering the Liquidity and Credit Crunch 2007-08 25:43
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66 Getting Up To Speed On The Financial Crisis A One-Weekend-Reader’s Guide 12:13
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67 Risk Management Failures 13:24
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68 Efficient Portfolios 33:26
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69 The Standard Capital Asset Pricing Model 21:20
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70 Applying CAPM to Performance Measurement 16:39
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71 Arbitrage Pricing Theory and Multi-factor Models of Risk and Return 24:09
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72 Principles for Effective Risk Data Aggregation and Risk Reporting 06:10
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73 GARP Code of Conduct 09:03
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74 How to use Financial Calculator - BA II Plus 35:18
75 Fundamentals of Probability update (Updates Mar-2020) 08:30
76 Random Variables Update (Updates Mar-2020) 15:42
77 Multivariate Random Variables (Updates Mar-2020) 36:49
78 Hypothesis Testing Update (Updates Mar-2020) 12:10
79 Linear Regression Update (Updates Mar-2020) 07:54
80 Measuring Rerurn Volatility Correlation Update (Updates Mar-2020) 19:37
81 Banks Update (Updates Mar-2020) 05:13
82 Fund Management Update (Updates May-2020) 04:10
83 Exchanges and OTC Update (Updates May-2020) 08:00
84 Futures Market Update (Updates May-2020) 04:23
85 Properties of Interest Rates Update (Updates May-2020) 06:16
86 Properties of Interest Rate - Update 2 (Updates May-2020) 08:18
87 Measures of Financial Risk - (Updates May-2020) 10:25
88 External and Internal Credit Ratings Update - (Updates May-2020) 16:57
89 Country Risk - (Updates May-2020) 06:22
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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for FRM

There is no pre-qualification required to appear for the FRM Exam. Nevertheless, the FRM program is recommended to, MBA, CFA, CA, CPA, and other finance professionals, as this program specializes into Risk Management.

Even an undergraduate (Final Year of Graduation) is qualified to give the FRM exam. But you can take FRM Part 2 only when you complete the FRM Part 1. Candidates must pass both the parts one after another.

A minimum of two years professional full-time work experience in financial risk management or any related field including, trading, portfolio management, industry research, economics, auditing, risk consulting, etc. is a must

Once you have passed the FRM Exam, you need to provide the proof of your professional experience to GARP to receive your certificate. The proof of professional experience should be furnished to GARP in about 5 years of time. Failure to do so, will result in you taking the exams once again. GARP, after processing your work experience, will mail the certificate to you.

Two things set you as a certified Financial Risk Manager:
  1. Firstly, should have a passing score on the FRM Examination, and;
  2. Secondly should be an active Fellow membership in the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)

Ratings & Reviews
Shola Afolayan
Balance Sheet management, Sterling Bank
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Officer, Canara bank
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Passed FRM1, Butterfield Bank
Good course. As with any course there are errors that I wish Apna would go back and fix/edit with just some typed comments at the bottom of the screen. Overall a nice dive into the material and feeling good about taking some practice exams soon.
Passed FRM1, Butterfield Bank
I passed level 1. Thank you! Will be purchasing level 2 soon. Thanks Mr. Parakh

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Branch Manager, Janalakshmi Financial Services
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Course Expert
Mr. Amit Parakh
Amit, an IIM Ahmedabad graduate is an avid trainer in the finance space. Having cracked CA (with an all India 14th rank), FRM, CS, CFA exams all in first attempt and being an Aditya Birla Scholarship nominee as one of the all India CAT toppers, he knows what it takes.

He regularly conducts study programs related to CFA, FRM, CA and has conducted courses/workshops for IIM Shillong, XLRI, Praxis,Great Lakes, SREI, IFCI, ICICI Bank, NSE, Kotak Securities etc. Amit has worked extensively in the banking and equity research areas before entering academics. He has been with Structured Products Group, ICICI Bank, where he played a key role in carrying out valuation assignments, building credit rating models and structuring transactions.

He has also been an equity research analyst with JP Morgan where he was involved in building valuation models and financial analysis of Indian IT Services companies. He takes active interest in capital markets and specifically, likes to get involved in valuation assignments. He conducts workshops on corporate finance, asset valuation, risk management and financial analysis.
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