Fundamentals of Financial Markets: A Beginner's Overview
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Fundamentals of Financial Markets: A Beginner's Overview

A Quick-Start Guide To Understanding the Most Important Concepts of The Financial Market
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Created by Robert Lee Reed
Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 13 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How the Financial Market Operates
  • How Key Players Influence the Market
  • How Laws and Regulatory Bodies Monitor the Market
  • Describe how Different Options / Futures / Positions can be used
Requirements
  • This course is a beginners overview of the financial system. There are no prerequisites, although basic mathematics skills will be used throughout the course. I also assume that you understand basic financial terms, such as stocks, bonds and the concept of interest.
Description

Welcome to Fundamentals of  Financial Markets. This course presents a beginner's overview of how the financial system works. This is not an investing course or a course on financial management. You will not learn how to calculate the present value of an annuity or select the perfect stock to invest in. Rather, you will learn how the system itself works. We will be looking at how the financial system functions and what makes it tick. Some of the questions that will be answered include:

  • How does a company go public and create an IPO?

  • How can futures contracts be used to hedge against market uncertainty?

  • How are stock brokers different from dealers?

  • What role does the Federal Reserve play in the financial market?

  • What laws govern the financial system?

By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the most important concepts related to the financial market. Everything in the course is explained in detail to enable student success and understanding.  This course is designed to help you succeed. In addition to the in carefully explained video lectures, each video lecture has an attached PDF Slideshow Resource, and each section has a quiz to help check your understanding of the concepts.

Who this course is for:
  • Intermediate Business Students
  • Undergraduate Economics Students
  • Beginners in Finance
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 01:31:33
+ Introduction
4 lectures 21:42

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the more important laws that govern the financial system.

Financial Regulations
07:24

The most exciting part of the stock market is calculating returns. In this video we will look at different ways of calculating returns and the importance of comparing returns on an annualized basis. 

Overall Return
05:37

We know that stocks can be risky, so expected return helps us to estimate an expected value that accounts for different scenarios that could affect the price.

Preview 07:49
Quiz 1
3 questions
+ Basics
6 lectures 28:36

This lesson covers the basics of the stock market. We will learn about the requirements for a company to be listed on an exchange, how an exchange differs from the over the counter market, the difference between discount and full service brokerage firms, and several types of transaction costs associated with the stock market .

Preview 07:44

In this lesson, we will learn the difference between the primary market for securities and the secondary market.

Primary vs Secondary Market
03:27

In this video, we will take a more in depth look at the IPO process. We will learn the role of an investment banker and discover the importance of a "tombstone" advertisement and a "red herring" prospectus.

IPO Process
07:46

This lesson will demonstrate the difference between a stock broker and a stock dealer by using real world examples.

Broker VS Dealer
01:51

The Federal Reserve can influence the market by impacting interest rates, inflation, and unemployment. In this video we will learn what tools the Fed can use to achieve its objectives.

The Federal Reserve
06:32

This quiz is designed to assess your knowledge of topics covered in this section.

Quiz 2
5 questions
+ Risk and Return
8 lectures 41:15

Most people buy a stock with the hope that it will appreciate in value, but there is also money to be made when an investor feels that the price of a stock will go down. In this lesson, we will learn the difference between a short and a long position.

Long Vs Short Position
06:42

Buying and selling stocks is different from buying products at the store. Because the price of stocks fluctuates, we have a certain about of control regarding the price we pay. Market orders are the most common type of orders in which we simply buy or sell shares at the market price. We will also learn about specialized types of orders that can be used in certain circumstances

Types of Orders
07:47

In this video, we will learn how futures contracts are used to hedge against uncertainty as well as to speculate on price changes.

Forwards and Futures Contracts
06:35

In this video, we will learn how a call option can give a trader the option, but not the obligation to buy a stock at a specified price.

Preview 05:12

A put option is similar to a call option except it allows a trader to sell a stock at a specific price. We will also discuss the intrinsic value of an option.

Put Options and Intrinsic Value
04:43

Mutual Funds are one of the most popular investment vehicles on the market. In this video, we will learn about the theory behind a mutual fund and how mutual funds work.

Mutual Funds
08:31

This quiz is designed to assess your understanding of the major concepts from this section.

Quiz 3
4 questions
Conclusion
00:45