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English

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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 1: Welcome & Interest Rates

Welcome! This first week will orient you to the specialization and help set you up to make the most of your experience with us in Finance for Everyone: Markets. You will also engage with a fundamental concept that has tremendous influence on financial markets, communicate with your fellow learners, and familiarize yourself with the course culminating project....
Reading
3 videos (Total 24 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Interest Rates Part 110m
Interest Rates Part 27m
Reading7 readings
F4E Specialization Snapshot10m
Course Outline10m
Course Connections: Where are our learners from?10m
Keeping a Learning Portfolio10m
LearnSmart - What it is & how to use it10m
(Optional) LearnSmart: Chapter 7 Interest Rates10m
Introduction to Presentation Final Assignment10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Markets Intro Survey10m
Making a Difference in Week 12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 2: Bonds

Week 2 is all about bonds! You will explore this market from its inception to present day, discuss a current curious phenomenon, develop skills for pricing bonds, and have the opportunity to engage in experiencing the market for yourself! Don't forget to continue working towards your course culminating project!...
Reading
3 videos (Total 44 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Bonds Part II: Pricing25m
Solutions to Bond Quiz12m
Reading4 readings
Background Information on Bonds10m
(Optional) LearnSmart Chapter 7B: Bond Valuation10m
MarketEx: Bonds Week Instructions10m
Bond Resources10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Bonds12m
Making a Difference in Week 22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 3: Stocks

Week 3 is Stocks week! You will familiarize yourself with this market from its creation to present day, review key moments of market turbulence, develop skills for pricing stocks, and turn your MarketEx focus to experience stocks! As you explore all things stocks, you will continue to prepare your course culminating assignment....
Reading
4 videos (Total 54 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Stocks: Pricing17m
Stocks: Turbulence16m
Solutions to Stocks Quiz12m
Reading3 readings
(Optional) LearnSmart Chapter 8: Stocks10m
MarketEx: Stocks Week Instructions10m
Stock Resources10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Stocks12m
Making a Difference in Week 32m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 4: Deriviates & Course Presentation

In Week 4, you will synthesize your learnings for Finance for Everyone: Markets. You will participate in a peer review of Presentation materials submitted by your classmates, reflect on your key learnings from this course, and look ahead to Finance for Everyone: Value!...
Reading
4 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Derivative Securities Part II5m
Derivative Securities Part III7m
Course 2 Epilogue8m
Reading1 reading
(Optional) LearnSmart Chapter 25 Options and Corporate Securities10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End of Course Feedback24m

Instructor

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Arshad Ahmad

Professor
DeGroote School of Business

About McMaster University

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence by inspiring critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. Ranked amongst the Top 100 universities in the world, McMaster pioneered a learner-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that is now known worldwide as the “McMaster Model”. ...

About the Finance for Everyone Specialization

Watch this intro video to learn more about the Specialization curriculum and Capstone Project! The Finance for Everyone Specialization will help you learn the language of finance and understand how the flow of money relates to the most important key social issues influencing our lives and communities. You’ll examine the connections between global and local finance; the flow of assets through businesses, governments, and other institutions; and the commodity, bond, and equity market dynamics that create and destroy financial value. When you complete the Specialization, you’ll be able to better understand both global financial news and your own personal financial decisions....
Finance for Everyone

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to:

    1. Develop your understanding of the broader context of finance as it relates to financial markets.

    2. Explain the importance of interest rates to financial markets.

    3. Familiarize yourself with bond, stock, and derivative financial markets.

    4. Perform financial calculations with accuracy.

    5. Gain experience researching investment options and tracking their performance over time.

    6. Converse with others about financial concepts with confidence.

    7. Build confidence in your ability to participate in financial markets.

    8. Relate important financial concepts and issues to experiences in your daily life and the real world.

  • The course is structured to be 4 weeks in length.

  • This course will be offered every month.

  • No previous knowledge is required. It is recommended that learners have basic mathematics knowledge.

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