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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 http://oyc.yale.edu/
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.
Sessions 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