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The Institute for Financial Markets (IFM)

Established in 1989, IFM is an nonprofit educational foundation and independent affiliate of the FIA -- the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets. 

The IFM delivers high-quality education at the lowest price and we specifically focus on futures, options, swaps, commodities and other derivatives.  We offer live and virtual courses as well as NFA mandated ethics and AML eLearning to financial industry professionals, regulators and public-policy makers.  We also offer customized programs tailored to your organizations educational needs. Compare our training to those provided by commercial vendors and you'll quickly see the value and quality of training the IFM offers.

IFM also host free regulatory-focused conferences such as the annual DC Fintech Week with Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown Law. This conference has become the premiere fintech event and has drawn up to 10,000 global participants.  Only DC Fintech can bring together entrepreneurs and thought leaders across the financial ecosystem together with the executive-level regulatory community. Past co-hosts have included as the Bank of International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund.

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Why choose IFM?

Nonprofit educational foundation founded that offers top-quality education at the lowest cost

Qualified instructors who have real world working experience at major films and regulatory agencies

IFM instructors are passionate to share the knowledge gained from real world working experience at major firms and regulatory bodies


The Institute for Financial Markets founded in 1989 as a nonprofit education foundation is unique in its purpose and mission. The Institute is the educational foundation of the FIA - the leading global trade organization for the futures, options & centrally cleared derivatives markets. Our goal is to increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of financial markets and the financial service industry to the global economy and to improve the technical competence of those in the finance industry.


Professional Course
Financial Services Length Price Location Reviews
Clearing 101: Exchanges, Clearinghouses and CCPs 2 days From 225 USD Online
5.0 (6)
Fundamentals of Futures & Options (applicable to Series 3 Exam) 5 days From 595 USD Online
4.9 (11)
Derivatives Markets Go Green: ESG, Emissions Trading & More 4 hours From 299 USD Online
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  • = Intermediate level

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Finance & Real Estate

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NFA Provided of Ethics and AML Training


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The Institute for Financial Markets

2001 K Street N.W., Suite 725
20006 Washington, DC

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Average rating 4.9

Based on 17 reviews.

Will recommend because class is small. Interactive class was a huge (and unexpected) asset.
The course was well organized, interactive and very well presented.
The instructor was really engaging and knew the content well.
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