My Year in Venice, Part 7: Things You MUST Do and See

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

1) Along with the Aperol Spritz, the Bellini is very popular among the locals and actually originates from Venice. It is also a must to try! It’s a cocktail made up of peaches and Prosecco and was invented at Harry’s Bar (located in St Mark’s Square) back in the 1940s.

2) Get lost!

3) Go to St. Mark’s Square during ‘acqua alta’ in your wellies. Continue reading

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My Year in Venice, Part 6: The Best Bits!

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

The best part of my experience was the fact that I was waking up in the centre of a beautiful city everyday. It was amazing that I could just go on a walk with amazing surroundings whenever I felt like it. Being a ‘local’, I learnt the best routes to avoid the tourists and found places I will never forget. I loved immersing myself into a new culture and discovering a different part of Venice everyday. Continue reading

My Year in Venice, Part 5: Travel

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

As I’ve mentioned before, I chose to get around Venice everyday by foot. This was the cheapest form of travel and I was able to admire the views and discover new places too!

A lot of my friends took the vaporetto from time to time and there is a student discount card. You pay €10 to buy the card and then €25 per month for unlimited travel, which included local buses into mainland Mestre too. Continue reading

My Year in Venice, Part 4: Ca’ Foscari

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

Whilst a lot of students at Ca’ Foscari have their lectures spread around the city, the Economics and Management students have their very own campus to themselves called ‘San Giobbe’. The campus is at the very top of Venice in the district, Cannaregio, and has its own ‘bar’ (canteen, as we English folk say), library and lecture halls (labelled as ‘Aula’ in Italian). Continue reading

My Year in Venice, Part 3: Student Life

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

Student life is very different in Venice compared to Reading. The major differences to consider are: where to do your supermarket shopping and how much you should budget, what to eat, where to socialise, and getting used to using euros. Whilst these factors were difficult to adjust to at first, I soon got used to the Venetian lifestyle. Continue reading

My Year in Venice, Part 1

By Georgia Nicklin, BSc Finance and Management with the University of Venice at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

Georgia is a student at the ICMA Centre studying BSc Finance and Management. The degree is a unique three year experience, where students spend their second year at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice. As the first student from Reading to have completed this part of the programme, we’ve got Georgia to share her experiences during her year in Venice! Continue reading

Are FX swaps and forwards missing global debt? Why the BIS is wrong.

In a fascinating piece of statistical detective work published in the latest BIS Quarterly Review, three of its foremost staff members argue that the use of FX swaps and forwards is hiding a massive quantity of debt because current accounting conventions place it off  balance sheet. They estimate that, in respect of US dollar debt, this financial dark matter is worth some USD10.7 trillion. Their conclusion is that FX swaps and forwards should really be accounted for on the balance sheet like repo. Continue reading

Real-world finance: How my degree is preparing me for industry

By Xuefei Zhu, MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School.

It feels like only yesterday that I finished my blog talking about my unforgettable first week, and now I have just completed my first term studying at the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School. One term in, and I can now say that I have experienced the practical benefits and industry relevance in the course. I will show you what I mean… Continue reading

Five Finance Podcasts to Satisfy Your Inner-Geek

If by some miracle you have arrived at this point in your life and haven’t heard the word “podcast”, you might very well be some form of alien creature.

Podcasts are simply recorded audio files, like a radio show, but available for you to listen to at any time. Recently, podcasting (at least in America, where I’m from) has exploded in popularity following the release of a podcast called Serial, which explored the mysterious circumstances around a murder in the U.S. There’s somewhere around 250,000 podcasts that all offer different things. Continue reading