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Stock Market Investing for Beginners

Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic via FutureLearn

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Gain a solid introduction to financial markets

When done right, stock market investing can be an effective avenue to make money. However, knowing where to start and learning to navigate the risks can be daunting.

On this three-week course, you’ll be guided by financial experts to gain a thorough understanding of how to start investing in the stock market.

You’ll unpack the financial market as well as market participants, such as the investors and traders, to ensure you finish the course with the knowledge to confidently invest in the stock market.

Explore financial instruments

You’ll delve into financial instruments to understand the different assets that can be traded on the market.

Within this, you’ll explore stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and bonds to decipher how and where you might want to invest.

Unpack risk and return analysis

There are risks with the stock market and knowing how to identify these is key to a successful investment.

You’ll learn how to conduct a risk and return analysis to help you recognise risks and choose the right investment opportunities for you.

Learn how to create an investment plan

With your knowledge of risk and return, you’ll learn how to effectively assess portfolios and create a solid investment plan. This understanding will ensure you make informed financial decisions.

Learning from the financial experts at WelTec, you’ll finish the course with the practical skills to successfully begin investing in the stock market.

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the stock markets.

It will be of particular interest if you want to start to make your own investments and build efficient portfolios.


  • Introduction to financial markets
    • Welcome to Week 1!
    • What are financial markets?
    • Types of financial markets
    • Recap this week's learning
  • Financial instruments and risk and return
    • Welcome to Week 2!
    • Financial instruments
    • Risk and return
    • Recap this week's learning
  • How to create an investment plan
    • Welcome to Week 3!
    • Investing strategies
    • Investing exercises
    • Recap this week's learning
    • Course conclusion

Taught by

Swati Kumaria Puri


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 7 ratings

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