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"New to Credit"
Summer Learning Program

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Gain the Summer Advantage with Expert-Led Fixed Income Learning

Broad Topics

Our sessions are bite sized and allow for self-led learning with knowledge checks​. With more than 31 sessions we cover a wide range of topics covering IG & HY bonds, loans and private debt.

Learn from Experts

Our analysts, lawyers, and reporters across have an average of 17 years in the markets; tap into this expert knowledge base via our learning program.

Access to Research

Continue learning with access to CreditSights’ platform, events, and webinars for the duration of the summer (including on-demand training videos focused on credit markets and analysis).

Program Structure

Unit 1: Intro to Fixed Income

Learning Modules

  • Welcome
  • Market Overview
  • Terms to Know
  • Yields & Spreads
  • Components of Return

Live Webinar

Unit 2: Market Structure and Participants

Learning Modules

  • How the Markets Work (Buyside and Sellside)
  • Credit Market Participants
  • Issuers and Sectors

Quarterly and Half-Year Outlook Webinar

Unit 3: Credit Quality and Market Fundamentals

Learning Modules

  • Ratings and IG vs. HY
  • Fallen Angels & Rising Stars
  • IG Market Fundamentals
  • HY Market Fundamentals
  • Defaults

Unit 4: How to Analyze a Credit

Learning Modules

  • Industry Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Capital Structure
  • Relative Value

Case Study

Unit 5: Market Technicals and New Issues

Learning Modules

  • Technical Considerations: Ownership & Demand
  • Technical Considerations: Supply, Maturities, and Coupon Cost
  • IG New Issue Overview
  • HY New Issue Overview
  • New Issue from POV of a Journalist

Live Webinar

Unit 6: Related Markets Overview

Learning Modules

  • Intro to Related Markets
  • US Treasuries/Rates
  • Leveraged Loans vs. HY Bonds
  • China Market
  • ETFs
  • Emerging Markets

Live Webinar

Who should take this course?

Dive into the world of fixed income with our “New to Credit” course, tailored specifically for college interns like you! You’ll gain practical knowledge and skills essential for navigating the corporate credit landscape, setting a solid foundation for your budding career in finance.
SWITCHING CAREERS? Whether you’re shifting gears within finance or embarking on a completely new professional journey, our expertly designed curriculum will arm you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the nuances of the credit landscape with ease.
Jumpstart your finance career with our streamlined “New to Credit” course, perfect for Junior Associates. This focused program delivers practical skills for immediate application, setting the stage for your success and growth in the competitive world of corporate finance.

Meet your Host

Winnie Cisar is the Global Head of Strategy for CreditSights. With more than 15 years of experience in banking and research, Winnie has emerged as one of the leading voices in corporate credit strategy on Wall Street. She is a regular guest on Bloomberg TV and NPR’s Marketplace; has appeared on CNBC, BNN, and Yahoo Finance; and is regularly quoted in print.

Prior to her current role at CreditSights, Winnie was the Head of Credit Strategy and a Managing Director at Wells Fargo. She also spent time in Energy and Power investment banking, high yield Health Care research, and high yield trading before joining the Wells Fargo Credit Strategy team to build the leveraged finance strategy product. Winnie was selected as one of Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020 and was one of 12 women invited to participate in Bloomberg’s New Voices Program in 2019.

Winnie graduated from Emory College with a B.A. in International Studies and completed her J.D. and M.B.A. at the Emory School of Law and Goizueta Business School. Winnie holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 licenses and is a member of the North Carolina and Illinois Bar Associations.

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How long does the course take to complete?

If you go through all the course content sequentially, we expect the course to take 6-8 hours to complete, depending on your level of familiarity with the course content. 

What is the estimated workload each week?

Each week has a about 1-2 hours of suggested modules to complete. There will also be additional live webinars on various weeks during the program.

Who can participate in the Summer Learning Program?

Participants with qualified business or college/university email addresses can participate in the Summer Learning Program.

Is there a limit to how many people can register for the program?

There is no limit to how many people can register for the Summer Learning Program.

If I have a question about the course, who should I ask?

For any questions about the course, please reach out to us at