Comprehensive Guide to Financial Markets, Investing &Trading
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Comprehensive Guide to Financial Markets, Investing &Trading

A comprehensive (advanced) introduction to global financial markets, investing and trading in all financial assets
4.3 (1,870 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
12,226 students enrolled
Created by Hari Swaminathan
Last updated 12/2019
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Price: $99.99
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This course includes
  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Approach any financial market with confidence and start investing on their own
  • Become completely informed about every financial asset and its pluses and minuses
  • Make any kind of investment based on sound knowledge
  • Learn all about the basics - Stocks, Mutual Funds and ETFs
  • Understand the Bond and Fixed income markets and its implications
  • Thoroughly understand Foreign exchange and currency and commodity investing
  • Get a detailed look inside the Futures and Options markets
  • Get a set of 4 Key Strategies which can generate profits immediately in the markets after taking the course
  • Students need not have any experience in financial markets to take this course

This course is the most comprehensive introduction to investing for Beginners and Intermediate levels, and is suitable for people from all backgrounds. If you have between 0 and 2 years of experience in Financial markets, this course will take you up at least 3 levels higher.


  • First, the global "macro" Finance and Investment cycles and how big money is invested
  • Core investing principles and detailed study of all the market and stock terminology
  • Detailed analysis of Stocks, Investing styles, and Best Practices
  • A thorough comparison of Mutual Funds and ETFs - Pros and Cons
  • Learn about the all-important Bond Markets, Interest rates and Inflation
  • How to invest into Commodities - Gold, Oil etc
  • Study of the Spot Forex, Forex Futures and Currency ETFs
  • An advanced introduction to Futures and Options
  • 10 Live trades on Stocks,ETFs, Bonds, Gold, Euro Futures, British Pound ETF
  • Live demonstration of all concepts on a Live trading platform (Practical investing)
  • Monitoring of positions, and trade and risk management
  • The Human Element - How to avoid extreme emotional points in Investing


This course includes FOUR key strategies for long term investors and traders. These can produce hundreds of dollars or more a month immediately after you take the courses

  1. A Low-risk high reward ETF strategy based on sector rotation
  2. How to Buy Stocks at much lower prices that its trading for, and MAKE INCOME
  3. If you already own stocks, this strategy will put money in your bank every month
  4. If you think a stock is going to crash, this low-cost strategy will protect your position

And an additional BONUS: How to hedge your stock during Volatile Earnings events

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone with no experience or less than 3 years of experience with financial markets, investing and trading
  • Regardless of your background, this course is universally applicable for everyone
Course content
Expand all 79 lectures 09:09:14
+ "The Big Picture" The Macro financial world, Money flows and Investment sources
3 lectures 17:56
Institutional investors, Retail investors and Financial market sizes
Where are these Trillions of dollars being invested - Global Money Flows

Quiz on Section 2 materials

Global Finance and Macro Quiz
2 questions
+ Financial instruments, Asset Classes, and what can people invest in
8 lectures 31:35
Introduction to Equities and Equity-related products (commonly known as Shares)
Introduction to Bonds and Fixed Income, and the US and global bond markets
Introduction to commodities and Metals - Oil, Gold, Silver, Corn, Copper etc.
Introduction to Foreign Exchange (or FOREX), and the main Currencies
Introduction to Advanced asset classes like Derivatives, Futures and Options
Derivatives - Introduction to Options - The most strategic investing instrument
Introduction to Alternative asset classes like Private Equity, Venture Capital
+ Section 4: Core investment and trading concepts
10 lectures 51:04
Study of Risk and Expected returns from asset classes. And hierarchy of returns
Differences between Investing and Trading. Understand which style you fit into
Concept of Valuation of a company - True value of a Stock. Methods of valuation
Fundamental analysis and Fundamental style of investing. Who will this benefit
Technical Analysis and Technical style of Investing. The wisdom of Crowds study
Value Investing - Warren Buffett's approach. Long term investing Buy and Hold
Types of Accounts for a Beginner. Discussion of cash and margin accounts
Pros and Cons of Leverage (Margin). Is margin good or bad. Using margin
Practice and know or understand YOUR style and investing approach - CRITICAL

Section 4 Quiz

Core Investing and Trading principles Quiz
1 question

Section 4 quiz

Quiz on Margin and Leverage
1 question

Quiz on Section 5

Quiz on Stocks and the Stock Markets
1 question
+ Section 5: Investing in Stocks (Equities) and Equity-related products
8 lectures 01:10:16
Key Stock and Market concepts required for any kind of investment in markets
Study of the main Global Indices, and their relationships and components
Study of Index funds. Why this could be the best no-brainer investment for many
What is "Shorting" a stock , Market Equilibrium and Portfolio diversification
Order Types - The main Order types available on most platforms.
Earnings Reports, Uncertainty and Stock Volatility that happens every Quarter
Bonus Strategy : Hedging Stocks during Earnings events to blunt the volatility

Question on shorting

Quiz on Shorting
1 question
+ Section VI - Stock-related instruments : MUTUAL FUNDS
3 lectures 17:20
What are Mutual Funds, History and Size of Mutual funds, and Investing resources
The advantages of Mutual Funds (Pros), and why this could be a starting point
The negatives (shortcomings) of Mutual Funds (Cons). Investors must be aware

Section 6 quiz

Quiz on Mutual Funds
1 question
+ Section VII - Stock-related instruments : Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
5 lectures 47:29
Introduction to the fascinating "Wide world of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
Detailed Study and Analysis of various ETFs available for investors
The different types of ETFs, and the specific role they each play.
Study of Industry sectors and Sector ETFs. Sectoral investments can be rewarding
Bonus Strategy with ETFs: Trade the ETF itself, Options or Arbitrage trade

Section 7 quiz

Quiz on ETFs
1 question
+ Section VIII - Study of Technical Analysis and various Trading Styles
8 lectures 01:10:15
Technical analysis details and and the study of different Trading styles
Study of Moving Averages and how they define the trend on various timeframes.
Understanding Support and Resistance. Key technical analysis tool for investors
The MACD Momentum Indicator. Determining the strength behind a stock move
What are Bollinger Bands and how can to use them. Identifying extreme conditions
Fibonacci Retracements. An age-old methodology as applied to markets effectively
Oscillators for Overbought and Oversold conditions - Study of RSI and Percent R
Sample Trades - Long term, Swing and Day (or short term) trading

Section 8 Quiz

Quiz on Technical Analysis
1 question
+ Section 9: The Bond Markets and Fixed Income
5 lectures 41:24
Bond Markets overview - Global and US Bonds, Risk On and Risk Off modes etc.
Bond prices and their relationship to Interest rates and Inflation
Central Banks, Federal Reserve, Asset Bubbles, Bailouts and Money printing
Investing or Trading in Bonds and the various instruments available
Trade Updates on existing trades

Section 9 quiz

Quiz on Bond Markets
1 question
+ Section 10 : Investing in Commodities, Precious Metals like Gold, Silver and Oil
4 lectures 26:12
Types of Commodities - and why they play a key role in the global economy
Gold - Is it precious OR a Safe Haven OR a Currency ??? Will Gold be a currency
Study of Oil and the Energy complex. Detailed study of extreme volatility in Oil
Investing and Trading instruments for various Commodities

Section 10 quiz

Quiz on Commodities investing
1 question