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Understanding Capital Markets

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Learn what capital markets are and how they work. Explore investments such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and commodities and the skills you need to be a successful investor.


  • Capital markets and investment decisions
  • Disclaimer
1. Capital Markets Basics
  • Risk and return in the stock market
  • Major US markets
  • The shrinking stock market
  • International markets
  • Regulation and the capital markets
2. Stock Markets
  • What are stocks?
  • Investing in stocks
  • Stock market operations
  • Setting up stock market accounts
  • The bid-ask spread
  • Buying and selling in the stock markets
  • Shorting and going long
  • Stock market indices
  • Stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds
  • Basics of stock valuation
  • Earnings reports and major stock events
  • Returns in the stock market
  • Risk in the stock market
  • Value and growth stocks
  • Call options and stocks
  • Put options and stocks
3. Bond Markets
  • Bond market basics
  • Investing in bonds
  • Bond valuation in Excel
  • Bond yields in Excel
  • Three important relationships in bonds
  • Returns on corporate bonds
  • Treasury bond markets
  • Treasury auctions
  • Municipal bond markets
  • Municipal bonds and the tax exemption
  • Bond ratings and municipal bonds
  • Trading in municipal bonds
4. Other Capital Markets
  • FX markets basics
  • Buying and selling in FX
  • FX arbitrage
  • Commodity markets basics
  • Buying and selling in commodities
  • Commodities and contango
  • Next steps

Taught by

Michael McDonald


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