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 Financial Markets | Education stock market You have to love the internet.  The amount of ideas and information that is exchanged on a daily basis is just absolutely astounding. It is an amazing time to be alive.  In the last couple of years a number of top tier universities have decided to provide free classes to anyone who wants to take the time to understand how things work.  I feel that this is a remarkable thing, as a former educator I love this!  I love the idea of free flowing information.  It can only have a positive impact on the human race it can only do but one thing and that is push the bar of human progression even further.  As I believe that everybody should constantly be learning, life is a marathon!

Yale has a number of free online courses; you can find them here at

One of the free online courses I would recommend is Robert Shiller’s course on the financial markets.  If you are interested in learning about the fundamentals of the Financial Markets I would recommend that you watch these videos.  I also know that a lot of people have a math phobia,

don’t worry he is an excellent communicator so all the concepts that he discusses are easily understandable and digestible.  The course description states:

“An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise. Description of practices today and analysis of prospects for the future. Introduction to risk management and behavioral finance principles to understand the functioning of securities, insurance, and banking industries.”

These lectures I believe will help people understand that finance even though its name has been dragged through the mud lately can be used to push the envelope of human progression even further.  The course details are below with a link to all of the lectures, I would recommend that you follow the syllabus.



Lecture 1	Introduction and What this Course Will Do for You and Your Purposes
Lecture 2	Risk and Financial Crises
Lecture 3	Technology and Invention in Finance
Lecture 4	Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions
Lecture 5	Insurance, the Archetypal Risk Management Institution: Its Opportunities and Vulnerabilities
Lecture 6	Guest Speaker: David Swensen
Lecture 7	Efficient Markets
Exam 1	Midterm Exam 1
Lecture 8	Theory of Debt, Its Proper Role, Leverage Cycles
Lecture 9	Corporate Stocks
Lecture 10	Real Estate
Lecture 11	Behavioral Finance and the Role of Psychology
Lecture 12	Misbehavior, Crises, Regulation and Self Regulation
Lecture 13	Banks
Lecture 14	Guest Speaker Maurice "Hank" Greenberg
Lecture 15	Forward and Futures Markets
Exam 2	Midterm Exam 2
Lecture 16	Guest Speaker Laura Cha
Lecture 17	Options Markets
Lecture 18	Monetary Policy
Lecture 19	Investment Banks
Lecture 20	Professional Money Managers and Their Influence
Lecture 21	Exchanges, Brokers, Dealers, Clearinghouses
Lecture 22	Public and Non-Profit Finance
Lecture 23	Finding Your Purpose in a World of Financial Capitalism
Exam 3	Final Exam


Chad Grant


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