Personal Finance: Obliterate Debt, Accumulate Wealth

Learn the ins-and-outs of personal finance with Professor Art Carden.
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Drowning in debt? (Who isn’t, right?) Unfortunately, doing bank heists and selling crystal meth are out as solutions. Learn how to get back on the right track!


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The Financial Life Hack of Your Dreams

Drowning in debt? (Who isn’t, right?) Unfortunately, doing bank heists and selling crystal meth are out as solutions. So how do you do it?

Join professor Art Carden of Samford University as he presents ways to reign in your out-of-control finances.

For starters, he’ll explain the magic of compound interest—the crockpot method of turning a pittance into a prodigious pile of cash. He’ll also go over the economics of day-to-day purchase decisions. Like, will you really save money buying those marked down shoes? And do the expenses of running a car in the long run dwarf the killer ‘cash back’ deal you got up front? (And should you even be buying a car in the first place?)

Professor Carden tells it like it is: how to “do the math” in order to make smarter decisions. And why, if something is too good to be true, you should RUN. He’ll also discuss investing in stocks, bonds, ETF’s and other financial instruments. And, in everyday matters, deciding when to splurge and when to chill.

Call it common sense economics or personal finance life hacks. Either way, you’ll learn how to corral your own situation from this personal finance ninja.

Who this course is for:

  • Students of any age looking to gain a basic understanding of personal finance.

Course content

5 sections13 lectures37m total length
  • Pay Yourself First and Get a Few Quick Wins
  • Short Quiz
    1 question
  • How to Save, Invest, and Get Out of Debt: Just Do It!
  • Short Quiz
    1 question


Economics Professor at Samford University
Art Carden
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I teach economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I also serve as a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and an Adjunct Program Officer with the Institute for Humane Studies. In addition to my research, I write regularly for websites like Forbes, DepositAccounts, and EconLog.