Basics of Trading and the
Financial Markets


Finance is the life blood of every business organisation. Its management has equal or more importance in personal financial management too. The traditional concept of keeping your savings in the form hard cash, real estates, hard precious metals, and bank deposits are already been sidelined and the world is moving towards the virtual world of investment with the help of technological advancement. So, it is very important for students to have a real-world touch about the innovative products and its trading mechanism of today’s financial markets.

Financial trading: Financial Trading is the buying and selling of financial assets. It is carried out in one of two ways: via an exchange or over the counter (OTC).

What is traded: Financial instruments such as shares, forex or bonds, or derivatives such as CFDs, futures or options can be traded.

Where we can trade: There are thousands of different financial markets to be traded, including shares, indices, commodities, energy products, precious metals, base metals, cryptocurrencies and forex

Being a leading institute of Accounting and Finance programmes in the world, University of Stirling is keen to educate the young community about the innovative products and its trading in financial markets. In this line, we are proudly offering a ‘Workshop on Basics of Trading and the Financial Markets’, a 90-minute lasting first session and 60-minute lasting trading competition as second session.

The session will majorly be concentrated on CFD trading. Trading contracts for difference (CFDs) is a way of speculating on financial markets that does not require the physical buying and selling of any underlying assets and financial instruments. CFD trading provides a platform to you to speculate on the moving up or declining prices of rapidly moving global financial markets (or instruments) such as shares, indices, commodities, currencies, cryptocurrencies, bonds and rates, ETFs, Options, and treasuries. CFD trading can be also used to hedge an existing physical portfolio. Some of the benefits of CFD trading are that you can trade on margin, and you can go short (sell) if you think prices will go down or go long (buy) if you think prices will rise. CFDs are tax efficient in some countries.


  • • Introduction to CFD trading: how does CFD trading work?
  • • What is margin and leverage?
  • • What are the costs of CFD trading?
  • • What instruments you can trade?
  • • 30-45 Minutes sessions on trading with the help of ‘Demo’ account and live figures.

About the Facilitator

C.T. Sunil Kumar is senior academician in the area of Finance and Accounts with over 18 years of experience working in various international academic institutions of repute in UAE and currently working as the Program Director for MSC Finance as well as BA Accounting and Finance Programs for the University of Stirling, RAK Campus, UAE.

He holds an MBA with specialization in Finance from Mangalore University, MS in Consultancy Management from BITS Pilani and MPhil in Management from MK University, Madurai. C.T. Sunil Kumar’s area of interest in research includes ‘exchange rate mechanism and economic development, oil price variation and its economic impact on GCC’, the role of current account deficit in currency value determination and has conducted extensive research and trainings in these domains.

He has done the similar session for various university students, who undergo programmes in Finance and accounts, and for professionals and non-executives who would like to explore the scope of arbitraging in financial markets.