The dramatic events of the financial crisis in the late 2000s transformed the UK financial services industry. Long established institutions went out of business, others were forced into takeovers and only the intervention of governments worldwide - courtesy of eye-watering sized financial recovery packages - prevented the banking industry from implosion.
Now nearly 10 years on from the crisis it’s time to take stock and examine how the industry looks today - how both its structure, the way it operates and the way it is regulated have changed. Most importantly how is the industry now working for the consumer? What are the products? How competitive is the industry? Is regulation working effectively to protect consumers in the financial marketplace? And where can consumers go to get help and guidance in a changing environment where rules about product selling are changing and where greater freedoms can be exercised with pension savings?
This facilitated 4-week course guides you through the UK financial marketplace.
- We start with a rapid review of the history of the industry leading up to the financial crisis that transformed it.
- We examine the institutions that comprise the industry and the issues they are currently grappling with.
- We walk down the financial supermarket aisles and see what’s changing with the products on offer.
- And we examine how the industry is now regulated and how this regulation and the guidance provided by various agencies can help consumers make the right, informed, choices when transacting in the financial marketplace.
At the end of the course, you will have gained a full insight into how the financial services industry operates and how you can transact business with knowledge and confidence.
Develop fundamental business and finance skills
This course has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB.
It is one of eight from The Open University, designed to help you gain fundamental business and financial skills, including communication, networking, relationship building, project management, personal financial planning and management, investment and financial services.
You can complete this course as part of one of these two programs:
Finance Fundamentals: four courses, which will give you valuable skills to manage finances at home and work, and enable you to earn a FutureLearn Award.
Business and Finance Fundamentals: eight courses; holders of FutureLearn Certificates of Achievement for all eight courses can earn 30 UK credits towards The Open University Business School’s BA in Business Management by passing a linked Open University assessment module (requiring separate OU registration and fee).
The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin)
This course has been adapted from original material created by The Open University’s True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance and was made possible thanks to the generous support of True Potential LLP.
What topics will you cover?
- The historical development of financial services in the UK
- The 2007/08 financial crisis
- The financial services industry after the financial crisis
- The revisions to the regulation of the industry after the financial crisis
- Financial products and new product offerings for consumers
- The pensions revolution in the UK
- How financial firms are regulated
- How financial product sales are regulated
- How consumers are protected and helped in the financial marketplace
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to
- Explore the origins and development of the UK financial services industry
- Assess and examine the UK financial services industry and the issues it faces following the 2007/08 financial crisis
- Evaluate and review the financial products available to consumers in the financial marketplace
- Identify and understand how financial services firms and financial product sales are regulated
- Explore the support, advice, and guidance available to financial services consumers
Who is the course for?
For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website. The Open University does not operate in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. This means that Learners based in those countries will not be able to convert their participation in this Programme to Open University course credits.
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