Introduction to Banking Course Overview

This Introductory course covers the fundamental knowledge about the banking industry. We will discuss the various types of financial institutions and how they differ in the types or products and services provided to their own customer groups. We can look at a bank’s balance sheet and income statement and understand how a bank generates return. Finally, we will explore the common career paths in different areas of banking.

Universal Banking

Introduction to Banking Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the different types/structures of financial services firms
  • Determine the different types of banking services that are provided
  • Understand who the customers are for each type of service
  • Learn how a bank makes money
  • Differentiate the various banking career paths

Commercial Banking

Introduction to Banking is a Prep Course of CFI’s CBCA® Program

CFI's Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)® Program offers skills including credit evaluation, documentation, and review procedures. For beginners to advanced users, the CBCA® program is designed to help you become a world-class credit analyst.

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Who Should Take This CBCA® Course?

This Introduction to Banking course is perfect for any aspiring credit analysts working in insurance, underwriting, rating agencies, commercial lending, corporate credit analysis, and other areas of credit evaluation. It is also a great introductory course for anyone who would like to learn more about the banking industry.

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Introduction to Banking

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I really do like the course, however I would love to get further explanations & examples on the Formulas & it’s calculations.
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This course has really helped me in the knowledge of banking. I know it is a solid foundation for a banking career should I choose one in the future.
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Rajesh T V
Straight to the subject of study
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Gabriel Bell-Gam
This was the most challenging prerequisite of them all (in my assessment), but fulfilling after completion. I now play the ‘type of bank game’ for any bank I see around me. 🙂 Thanks CFI 👏
Adolf Josef Yao
Great help in understanding banking and how its efficiency measured.
Jatin Hathiyani
This course helped me to understand the financials of banks which are different from other typical financials of other companies. This course has now encouraged me to gain more knowledge on Credit as a core function.
Karabo Gosenyang - CIMA, PGDiT
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The entires course provide basic knowledge and some example of a Bank's Financial Statement. How they earn & how they maximize their profit.
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Thank you
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everything is explained so well
Hosny Tamer
I loved learning this course introduction to banking ,I know now how to calculate balance sheet of bank, income statement, net interest income, REO, definition of retail banking, commercial banking, business banking, asset liability matching
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