This module is one of three that provides an introduction to the field of finance. The course examines the agents, instruments and institutions that make up the financial system of the modern economy, such as the financial intermediaries and markets, bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the role of governmental institutions in shaping monetary and financial policy. Along the way, standard concepts and tools of financial analysis are introduced: time value of money, bonds and equity valuation, CAPM and portfolio allocation, efficient market hypothesis and behavioral finance. This course will provide you with a basic understanding of financial markets and institutions, investment products and recent market developments. It will also cover the main areas of interest rates, monetary policy, stocks and bonds, valuation principles and investment strategy.
Module I Overview
In this module we (1) explore how the financial markets operate; (2) look closely at how different types of instruments (investment products) such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) function; and (3) explore some of the basic uses for such instruments. This module is open to all students; however, it is designed for high school students who intend to go on to college and want to develop a solid core understanding of this extremely important business topic. Students in Module I will take several short-online multiple choice quizzes and also participate in a weekly online discuss group. Students can enroll in Module I and not be required to take subsequent modules. This is a particularly beneficial option for students ages 12-15 who want to develop a basic understanding of how the stock and financial markets operate.