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 III Overview
Why do people and businesses make certain decisions about their money? What drives them to buy or sell stocks, real estate, or something else of value? In this module, we explore behavioral factors that drive many business decisions. We examine different theories on why people make the choices they make, and we compare the effects of psychological, cognitive, emotional, cultural and social factors on the economic decisions of individuals and institutions and how those decisions vary from those implied by classical theory. Students will complete several quizzes online, and also participate in an online group discussion.