South African Institute of Financial Markets
The South African Financial Markets Journal

Welcome to the South African Institute of Financial Markets

SAIFM is the leading professional institute for financial markets practitioners offering prescribed exams (assessments) for various roles and functions in the securities markets and such ancillary services as may promote professionalism and integrity in the financial markets.

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Our extremely popular Financial Markets Instruments 2-day workshop will be running yet again in Johannesburg on 3-4 September 2014.
For more info and to book your seat before space runs out, Click here

A two-day workshop

An intensive workshop offering delegates the opportunity to develop their skills in differentiating between the different classes of derivatives.
Johannesburg 21-22 August 2014
For more info and to book your seat, Click here


With effect from 9 December 2013 the exam questions for the Agricultural Products Market Dealers Exam will be based on new study material (June 2013 edition).

If you have purchased the exam and intend writing on or after 9 December 2013, please contact our offices so that we can email the updated June 2013 material to you as it will only be available for download on 9 December 2013

The following exams have been updated within the past 6 months. Please ensure that you are studying from the correct updated learning material, which can be downloaded from the Virtual Exam Centre website if you have paid for the exam.

  • The Derivatives Market updated 1 July 2013
  • Introduction to Financial Markets updated 18 June 2013
Learning material is amended from time to time and while every attempt is made to notify registered students of such updates, strict email filters and incorrectly supplied email addresses could hinder the delivery of such notices.

Remember to always check our website to see if there are any notices of updated learning material before booking an appointment to take the exam.


Trying to decipher which examinations are required for specific functions can be quite confusing to the prospective financial market practitioner.

To this end SAIFM has summarised the various rules and directives of the exchanges and regulators in order to shed some light on the requirements and assist in making the correct decision when choosing examinations.

SAIFM occasionally emails vacancy adverts on behalf of companies looking to recruit specifically within the financial markets industry.
Click to get more info and to sign up to receive these adverts, or to advertise a vacancy

There are some phishers who have copied our logo and are sending letters out claiming to be employees of SAIFM and offering to share a vast amount of money with the recipient. If you receive such an email, please delete it and do not communicate with the sender.

Remember that whenever you are solicited by email by somebody you do not know and who wants your "help" with getting some money, it is always an attempt to con you out of your money.

Also remember that if any bank emails you with a link that you need to click on to log in to your bank account, it is a scam. Just delete the email and do not communicate with the sender.



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