Specialists in Financial Markets Training
Our reputation as a leading financial markets training company has been built on several pillars of excellence:
- Our training coaches all possess relevant practical experience and academic credentials.
- We devote considerable time to research to ensure that our learning materials reflect current best practice.
- Our programmes are always preceded by preparatory reading and assessment, in order to ensure that the learning opportunity is optimised.
- We emphasise active learning via the use of case studies and simulators, to ensure that delegates acquire a practical understanding of a topic.
- We strongly advocate the use of post-assessments in order to verify that the required learning outcomes have been achieved.
Peter’s career in the financial markets spans three decades and three continents, and he has worked as a derivatives trader, financial engineer, author, and consultant. With experience in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Africa, he has both traded and structured derivative products in a variety of asset classes. He has co-edited all three editions of the text ‘Understanding South African Financial Markets’, and is the author of ‘Introduction to Derivatives’. He holds a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including a MBA in Finance, as well as a host of professional financial qualifications.
Our Programme Director, Lerato, manages the ‘engine room’ of Peter Skerritt & Associates. She has spent most of her professional career as a Client Relationship Manager in the Financial Services Industry and is currently completing a BCom in Financial Management.
Our company is proud to be associated with a number of leading experts in specialist fields.
Peter has over twenty years experience in the London Financial Markets. He began his career in the Fixed Income Fund Management sector, specifically trading in European Government Bonds before moving to Fixed Income sales at a US Investment Bank.
He subsequently worked in the FX market for various international banks covering FX and derivative sales to Central Banks and Hedge Funds. He has also been involved in setting up and running Prime Brokerage and Margin Trading systems as well as trading CFDs and metals.
George Van Der Westhuizen
An Actuarial Science graduate, George has extensive experience of the South African and international fixed income derivatives markets, He has worked as both a cash and derivatives trader and his resume includes the position of Head of Swaps at Absa Bank.
He has lectured and consulted widely on the topic across many countries on the African continent and beyond, and is well-known for his emphasis on practical modelling of cash flows to gain a true understanding of their economic characteristics.
More recently, George has successfully conducted introductory and advanced ALM workshops in several leading centres across the globe, utilising his proprietary ALM simulator.
C. King Chanetsa (Bert)
Bert Chanetsa is an independent consultant, researcher and educator in capital markets, securities practice, regulation and business finance. He is a former Deputy Chief Executive of the Financial Services Board of South Africa, member of the board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Vice-Chair of IOSCO’s Growth and Emerging Markets Committee and member of the Monitoring Board of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. He is currently Vice Chair of the International Securities and Capital Markets Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
In addition, Bert’s career has covered areas including legal practice, investment/merchant and commercial banking and private equity.
Nigel has twenty-seven years of treasury management experience with major corporate entities, most recently as Group Treasurer of the De Beers Group. He is now an independent consultant, helping organisations who wish to move their treasury operations towards industry best practice.
Nigel assists in promoting the treasury profession by serving on the Board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers of Southern Africa and is their current Chairman.
Dr. Antonie Kotzé
Antonie has over 23 years’ experience as a quantitative analyst in the South African and African financial and derivatives markets. He is a renowned expert in financial mathematics, modelling and training, and holds teaching and research positions at leading South African universities.
His company, Financial Chaos Theory, is a leading independent valuation service provider.
Antonie holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Trevor started his career in 1974 as a coffee floor trader at Merrill Lynch. Since that time, he has worked in various institutions and managed a hedge fund. He was one of the founders of the Society of Technical Analysts, the UK professional body in this field. He was also on the Board which created its professional qualification, and worked as the Head of Technical Analysis at Bloomberg for four years.
His firm, BETA Group is an Accredited Training Provider for the Charter Institute for Securities and Investment, Thomson Reuters Preferred Third-party Provider of technical analysis courses.
BETA Group specialises in running in-house courses in trading techniques and technical analysis for treasury desks, corporate hedgers, analysts and traders.
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