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Financial Markets

Yale University via Coursera

Overview

An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise. Emphasis on financially-savvy leadership skills. Description of practices today and analysis of prospects for the future. Introduction to risk management and behavioral finance principles to understand the real-world functioning of securities, insurance, and banking industries. The ultimate goal of this course is using such industries effectively and towards a better society.

Syllabus

Module 1
-Welcome to the course! In this opening module, you will learn the basics of financial markets, insurance, and CAPM (Capital Asset Pricing Model). This module serves as the foundation of this course.

Module 2
-In this next module, dive into some details of behavioral finance, forecasting, pricing, debt, and inflation.

Module 3
-Stocks, bonds, dividends, shares, market caps; what are these? Who needs them? Why? Module 3 explores these concepts, along with corporation basics and some basic financial markets history.

Module 4
-Take a look into the recent past, exploring recessions, bubbles, the mortgage crisis, and regulation.

Module 5
-Options and bond markets are explored in module 5, important components of financial markets.

Module 6
-In module 6, Professor Shiller introduces investment banking, underwriting processes, brokers, dealers, exchanges, and new innovations in financial markets.

MODULE 7
-Professor Shiller's final module includes lectures about nonprofits and corporations, and your career in finance.

Taught by

Bob Shiller

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  • Krassimir Kostadinov

    Krassimir Kostadinov completed this course.

    The course is excellent, but just an introduction to the topic, so anybody who wants a very deep, graduate level study might be disappointed.

    Prof. Schiller is an excellent lecturer. The course gives a personal, close feeling of the himself, of Yale University, as well as of a range of extremely popular and interesting finance & economics professionals. Guest lecturers included Maurice Greenberg (former AIG CEO), David Swenson (Chief Investment Officer at Yale -- the Yale Investment Model), Laura Cha (Market Regulator Executive in China), Carl Icahn (activist investor), Andy Readleaf (Hedge Fund manager), Larry Summers (Treasury Secretary under president Clinton) and Stephen Schwarzman (founder of Blackstone group).
  • Adelyne Chan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I was really looking forward to this course but unfortunately was a bit disappointed by it. Prof Shiller is clearly very knowledgeable in this topic, and his teaching assistants Kai and Gautam did a fairly good job in putting the course together, but some of the guest speakers were not very good speakers - many were over-reliant on their notes which made their speeches hard to follow.

    Perhaps one of the reasons for this disappointing nature of the course is the fact that it had been chopped up from a full-length course on OpenYale, I may one day try that out to see if it is slightly better.
  • Yasha Fishman completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    A "too-introductionary" course, as I see It, with a very basic informations about a somewhat large number of topics. The course is not filmed specially for Coursera, but professor's lections for Yale students were just cut off and put on the site - I was very disappointed by such a treatment. As well, It resulted in a low efficiency of material presentation.
    Professor himself was very good: ineresting and understoodable. Guests were interesting as well, and presented their special points of view for some topics.
    (P.S.: I have BA in Economics and have got nothing, but guests opinions from this course)
  • Matthew Ludwig completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Awesome Introduction into the international world of finance from (probably) one of the most fascinating personality in modern finance - Robert Shiller.
    I really liked that - after every subject - you could hear a famous guest speaking about the topic (for example George Soros).

    Would recommend it for everyone who is interested in better understanding the financial architecture in which we are living in.
  • Cyrus Pieris

    Cyrus Pieris completed this course.

    Good introductory course although I wish they had more reading material. One of the recommended books was quite expensive.it is great to hear Professor Schiller however I feel more effort should have been put into the questions as some involve looking for answers on the net.

    Overall a good introduction as it covers some interesting history in finance so I recommend it for anyone starting to study finance.
  • Anilkumar Panda

    Anilkumar Panda completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a MUST do MOOC for all those interested in the world of finance. Apart from the nitty-gritties of finance , Prof Shiller gives his insights into various aspects of the financial world which is very usefull.
    The course is not very difficult.
  • Diego Riccardi completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I think it's very remarkable that a Nobel Prize teaches in such a good way to young people and it's been a very interesting introductory course. Maybe I expected more free further readings but this is only my view and it's still a very recommended course. I also appreciated a lot his view of a broader collaboration between economics and the other social sciences.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really enjoyed this class, Professor Schiller is a good and interesting lecturer. The video-editing is sometimes not great and there were a few dodgy questions on the quizzes. Overall a very good class.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Amazing course to start with, Professor Shiller is a great teacher and very knowledgeable, the class is easy to understand for non-financial students/professionals.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It’s very basic. If you want to dip your toes into the finance world this is a great course. And the professor, the legend, of course makes it that much easier for you to grasp some basic concerns.
  • Nwenwe Win

    Nwenwe Win is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I want to learn this subject.I review the course very often to remember.this sunbject is very important in my business fields.in my college life, I studied some of finance subjects.but itis so long and some I them I forget. So I wan t to review it.I assume it is very useful.for business.by learning on line, It might be saved time and money.
  • Anonymous
    This course is really facinating, especially the extra ordinary skills of the professor makes the course unforgettable throughout your life. I gained a lot on the world of finance and I would recommend the course to anyone who would like to have deep understanding of the subject matter in a very attractive and easy way.
  • ADEJIMI EMMANUEL GBENGA

    ADEJIMI EMMANUEL GBENGA is taking this course right now, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am pasitionate of being antipate to investigate in business risk before decision ttaking. Am aim of becoming buoyant financial analyst in which I believe on training will help and improve my career development
  • Lorraine Curtis completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    You need to be a dedicated learner to learn online without support. I wanted to learn this content. I thought the Professor was on target about his intentions for the class.
  • Alexander

    Alexander completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    The lecturere was very good in his way of explaining concepts, however i found the quizes to be too hard. The course covered many topics in finance.
  • Paramjeet Kaur is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I want to that course because my background is based on financial I was life insurance agent I have experience last 12 yrs in insurance company
  • Mamadou DIOP completed this course.

  • Md Salahuddin Parvez

    Md Salahuddin Parvez is taking this course right now, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    this is the finest site to learn business programs and other program very comfortably. so I think start this class globally..
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    John Walsh completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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