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International Monetary Fund

Financial Market Analysis

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In this IMFx course you will learn, from hands-on demonstrations, how to price different types of bonds, how to calculate different measures of bond yields and how to compare them across different types of instruments. You will become familiar with the term structure of interest rates, a key ingredient in establishing benchmark rates used to price securities in the markets and a valuable tool for monetary policy design and diagnosis.

You’ll gain an understanding of the firm fundamentals that can explain why a stock price may go up or down, or why it might be higher for one company in comparison to another, you will be able to apply these fundamentals at the economy-wide level to analyze valuations of the stock market as a whole.

Finally, you will gain insight into investors’ decisions. You’ll explore the main criteria that an investor uses to determine how to construct the best possible portfolio of risky assets. You will also adopt the perspective of a policymaker interested in understanding how monetary policy affects the risk and return properties of financial investments.

In short, the FMAx course is designed to provide a common language in finance, thus allowing you to interpret and analyze financial data. It will also provide you with a foundation upon which you can proceed to more advanced or policy-oriented training in areas in which macroeconomics and finance meet.

Financial Market Analysis is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Japan.

Taught by

Adolfo Barajas, Seung Mo Choi, Fabio Comelli, Alex Ho, Christian Johnson and Evan Tanner


4.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at edX based on 19 ratings

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  • I can't understand his teaching properly because I'm poor in English. Although I can take notes from it and try to understand.
  • This was an excellent introduction to financial theories. The lecturers presented the basics and the intuition behind the ideas very well, without dwelling too much on technical issues and mathematics. The excel exercises were very practical, helping me gain better understanding on asset allocation and value at risk. Even after working at the financial industry for many years, I learned a lot from this course. Highly recommended to anyone interested in financial theories.
  • It is a foundation course for financial market that every body should take the course.The course tells us about basis for financial market.

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