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How to Understand Stocks

a simple stock market guide
3.9 (222 ratings)
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8,183 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2014
  • 31 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Teach how to the stock market works
Show why stock prices go up and down
Explain how to read a stock chart
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  • An interest in learning about the stock market
  • A desire to start investing in stocks

Are you fascinated by the idea of making lots of money picking stocks? Do you feel overwhelmed getting started in stocks?

This simple course is designed to help you get started.

I felt those same concerns when I started learning about the stock market. Through my career on Wall Street I have learned the rights and wrongs of stock investing.

In this course you will learn the fundamentals of the stock market.


·How to start investing right now

·How the stock market works

·Why stock prices go up and down

·Explanations of stock market terms

This Course Includes:

·An easy to follow guide on how the stock market works.

·Examples to help form a complete understanding of concepts.

·Free resources and tools you can use to right away.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners and intermediates looking to build their basic knowledge of stocks
  • People who want to start investing
  • People who find stock terms confusing
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Curriculum For This Course
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Stock and their Market
2 Lectures 04:30

This lecture contains an introduction to what stocks are, giving you the right mindset of how to think of them.

What are stocks?

This course introduces you to what the stock market is and how it functions.

What is the stock market?
Stock in Depth
3 Lectures 05:35

Businesses typically offer several types of stocks. In this lecture we will review what they are.

What are the different types of stocks?

We will review how stocks are traded in the stock market in this lecture.

How are stocks traded?

This lecture will help us answer the question: why do stock market prices change?

Why do stock prices change?
Stocks and You
4 Lectures 10:40

This lecture will help you understand why you should invest in stocks.

Why should I invest in stocks?

After you've decided that you want to invest in stocks, this lecture will show you how you can get started trading.

How can I buy and sell stocks?

The back of the Wall Street Journal presents a stock table. This lecture explains how to read and understand the numbers found there.

How do I read a stock stable?

A fundamental skill in understanding stocks is deciphering the stock chart. This lecture will review how to do exactly that.

How do I read a stock chart?
Free Tools and Resources
3 Lectures 12:08

This lecture will go over several of the most common stock market terms and concepts.

Stock Market Definitions

This lecture includes a list of books you can read to enhance your investing knowledge and a list of free tools and resources to use as you get started investing.

Appendix: Books and Websites

Here is a list of the most common stock market terms with their definitions.

Stock Market Terms and Definitions
About the Instructor
3.9 Average rating
224 Reviews
8,269 Students
2 Courses
Wall Street Equity Analyst

My professional career revolves around stocks and financial markets. As a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business and as Private Equity Analyst on Wall St, I have spent years refining how to make money in the stock market and pick the right stocks.

The reason you’re on this site is to learn something new. You’re looking at online courses to better yourself and live the best life you can. As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to lead you down the right path and aid you on your journey. I don’t just believe in what I teach, I live it. I use the content of my courses professionally and personally.

Hard work pays off. I’m here to help you progress towards the new life you’re working towards.

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