This course is derived from material used in "Introduction to Stock Market Investments" a Freshman Discovery Course, and "Financial Markets" the core course for Finance Majors, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is freely offered on the internet as a general interest course of study by the author.

To derive the greatest benefit from this course you should

  • Read the syllabus. The syllabus outlines the major areas of study. Just make sure that the course offers the material you wish to learn.

  • Begin with lesson one. There is a great temptation to jump randomly from topic to topic which, as there are no exams, you are perfectly free to do. But the course is more effective if you take it one step at a time.

  • Do the exercises that accompany the lessons. There is another great temptation to skip these, especially when confronted by a mathematical equation, but reading the course material only gives you information, doing the exercises allows you to use information and develop skills.

  • Run at least one simulated on-line investment portfolio. Learning by doing is still more effective than learning by reading about it. Running a simulated portfolio allows you to practice investing without actually risking any of your own money.

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Materials for this course are taken from;

  • "Financial Markets" (5th ed) by Elisabeth Oltheten, Stipes Publishers, 1999.
  • "UISES Guide to Stock Market Investment" by Elisabeth Oltheten, 1999