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Yale University

Financial Markets

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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.


  • 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


4.3 rating, based on 34 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 27214 ratings

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  • 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.
  • Krassimir Kostadinov
    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).
  • 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)
  • 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.
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    Richard Van Egas
    probably, the best course in FINANCE for dummies and illiterate people out there the course covers practically all or the most common assets and derivatives traded IN otc and organized markets quiz questions come from CFA examinations and OpenYale…
  • Cyrus Pieris
    Good introductory course although I wish they had more reading material. One of the recommended books was quite 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
    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.
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • Anonymous
    Amazing course! With a lot of great insights! Thank you very much Yale and professor Shiller for such an amazing content. I really enjoyed every single lecture.

    100% recommendable.
  • Anonymous
    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.
  • 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
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  • Mithun T S
    I Crearly understand The finanacial markets & Modules Stratergies, So The How we can compitate with others and idea to deals with others

  • Nwenwe Win
    I want to learn this subject.I review the course very often to remember.this sunbject is very important in my business 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 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.
  • 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
    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.
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