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Investments and Financial Markets is a course designed to get you familiar with the various elements that practitioners and investors look at. I aim to take what is perceived as a complicated web of numbers and charts and break it down to its foundational elements. For the investment practitioners, the key takeaway is an overview of the elements of financial markets and how they interact with one another. This objective is reinforced by the practical examples that you are likely to encounter as you trade, analyze and invest. For the academic, I ensure that the relevant theory in all the financial markets are covered to ensure that the foundational elements are not overlooked.
This course is biased towards developed markets, specifically, European, American and Asian markets. However, it is important to note that while certain elements are for these markets, the application and intuition behind each section and lecture is applicable to most financial markets. This is because the globalization and cross-country financial linkages has ensured similarities across trading practices and regulation. There is really something for everyone!
We will start by looking at the broad categories of investments and drill further down into the elements of financial markets and their respective complexities. At each point I attempt to give you an example that encapsulates the concept at hand. Furthermore, at the end of the course there are quizzes that help you test your overall knowledge of the course.
While the 19 lectures will take you approximately an hour and a half to complete, I would recommend setting aside 4-6 hours to really revise the content and look at look at more practical examples. However, I do recommend that you continuously revisit the lectures as your understanding gets more and more in-depth. Learning is best done through repetition!
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|Section 1: The definition and purpose of investing|
|Section 2: Types of Investments (Real vs. Financial)|
|Section 3: Financial Systems|
Financial Systems: Introduction
Financial Systems: Elements
Financial Systems: Classification
|Section 4: Financial Markets|
Equity Markets: Introduction
Equities: Ordinary shares
Equities: Preference shares
Equities: Valuation methods
Equities: Private Equity
Derivative Markets: Forwards & Futures
Derivative Markets: Swaps & Options
|Section 5: Conlusion|
|Quiz 1||21 questions|
Outcomes and self-test questions
Neville Mandimika has worked his way up from trainee analyst to Economist and Portfolio Manager at a multi-million dollar asset management company in Africa. He has been involved with analyzing both listed and unlisted companies across African equity markets including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya. Moreover, he has been involved in fixed income analysis and deal structuring. In his current role he is responsible for business development and portfolio analysis for pension funds and high net worth individuals in Africa.
Neville has been involved in the Economics, Finance and Investment field both academically and as a practitioner for more than 10 years. Academically, Neville is a Masters graduate from the prestigious Rhodes University. Additionally, he has published in the South African Journal of Economics and is a member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets.
As a lecturer I was responsible to teaching 1st, 2nd and 3rd year economics students on the elementary principles of economics which is the bedrock to understanding the concepts of investments.
I am really passionate about seeing people create an additional stream of income by using the world of financial markets. I am a strong believer that through understanding the basics, complexity becomes easier to grasp.