Almost 200 years of practical experience in financial markets – delivered by recognised experts in just two and a half days.

Didasko Markets


October 12th – 14th 2017
March 22nd – 24th 2018



October 26th & 27th 2017


February 8th – 10th 2018


A Practical History of Financial Markets

A Practical History of Financial Markets is designed, written and taught by leading investment practitioners: Stephen Wright, Derry Pickford, John Greenwood OBE, Peter Warburton, Herman Brodie and Russell Napier. These teachers deliver the course in an intensive two-day session (usually Thursday to Friday).

We have added a half day session to accommodate guest lectures by Jon Compton and Edward Chancellor and a lecture by Russell Napier on the global outlook seen through the prism of financial history.

  • The course is also available as a distance learning version comprised of a 700-page textbook and a website containing self-test questions, teachers’ feedback and additional materials.
  • Utilising the textbook and the website, students can opt to take the course via distance learning run by The Edinburgh Business School.
  • The course is eligible for 21 Professional Development credits as granted by the CFA Institute. It also forms one unit of the Edinburgh Business School MBA programme.

Launched in 2004, the course is owned and operated by Didasko – The Financial Education Company, a Scottish charity founded for the promotion of financial education.


“A concise and well-organised course that puts today’s frenetic financial markets into context in a unique fashion.

It cannot but help to improve the decision-making process of the investment professional. An essential course for both aspiring and established investment managers.”

Henry Thornton – CEO
BDT Investment Management Ltd

“A Practical History of Financial Markets takes on some of the more important, and more daunting, questions in finance and investments.

Using a broad historical context and a diverse range of analytical approaches, the course puts standard precepts such as ‘investment value’ under the spotlight, with sometimes unexpected results.

I find myself thinking back regularly to what I learned on this course – and then applying it.”

Andrew Howell CFA
Emerging Markets Strategist

“The only course I recommend to my fund managers. It invigorated me.”

Ian Beattie – Chief Investment Officer

New Star Institutional Managers Ltd