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An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise.

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Taught by
Robert Shiller
Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University
and 10 more instructors

Offered by
Yale University

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6 posts • 78 mentions • top 36 shown below

r/stocks • comment
3 points • iamnatetorious

r/wallstreetbets • comment
2 points • Erik_TheRed

A good comprehensive starting point would be Yale's Financial Markets course, which you can access for free on coursera:

r/Finanzen • comment
2 points • terchaingstypsit

Ich habe vor kurzem diesen Kurs angefangen:

Bisher bin ich zufrieden, das Niveau ist vernünftig und auch die Qualität der Aufzeichnung ist gut.

r/financialindependence • comment
4 points • Walrusbuilder3

Edx and Coursera offer courses from universities. Some are self-paced and some have a schedule. I justed checked their websites for a couple seconds and for this, for example:

You could also just use sources like MIT's OpenCourseware. Here's a course on finance, for example:

r/AskEconomics • comment
1 points • ManMan1911

Finance is one of the written about topics in the world. So it’s going to be hard to find a specific book that is intro to finance would be The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. It is by no means a complete guide to financial markets.

I’d recommend a course called Financial Markets by Robert Shiller at Yale on The course is quite well rounded and understandable and he does explains the markets quite well. He’s pretty established in the field (even won a Nobel on the topic) and seems to present his arguments quite fairly. The course is quite shallow however so it should only be an introduction to the topic and not anything to completely base you understanding on.

r/investing • comment
1 points • gmgmbig

You sound young which is good, I’d work on educating yourself first if financial markets, if it’s something your very interested in do a course.

Free for beginners CoursEra Robert J Shiller Financial markets (Rob works for Yale) (basics of FINANCIAL markets)(it great and Bob is a legend, it totally free, you can pay for certificate optional)(Second best decision I ever made)(beginner) I will link at bottom (this guy literally won a Nobel)

Institute of trading and portfolio management (the PTM will teach you the fundamental basics of understanding markets and making good trading and investing decisions yourself with no help or tips from anyone else, from top to bottom)(Best decision I ever made)(advanced)

Invest in yourself but stay away from get rich quick bs (their no such thing) financial markets are about consistency and compound interest.

Good luck

Free beginners Financial market Course (Yale)(Rob J Shiller)

r/stocks • comment
1 points • BluechipData

Putting $1500 into stocks is something you can definitely do. It's a way for you to earn some supplemental income that compounds. If you play your cards right, it can beat putting that money into a savings account.

I'm not a financial advisor, but I wouldn't really recommend putting all of your money into one asset (one stock) and I sure wouldn't recommend putting it into a stock that's unproven. The market has been struggling to value $TSLA for example. It's a car company priced like a tech company. And really, it's a hybrid. The market struggles valuing $TSLA when it combines two industries the market is familiar with. Some thing like psychedelics are really new as far as the stock market is concerned, and those are the kinds of investments that will blow your account up if you YOLO all your money into them.

I think the best approach for you is to divy up your money the same way you would want a diversified portfolio with more money. Do some really in depth research on some popular companies. Constantly do research on Investopedia. Learn the terminology. It's meant to be confusing. Aim for companies that are around $20-50/share. Buy a couple of shares across a couple of those companies. With a small account, your biggest concern is to survive to trade another day. Don't try to double your money. Follow the news, learn to look into the financials. Maybe even take a course on Coursera like this one Financial Markets.

Your core selection of proven stocks will give your portfolio a foundation to branch out from. Once you've selected your core portfolio, then look into buying a couple shares of a psychedelic stock you're interested in. You'll limit your risk this way, you'll stay at least somewhat diversified and if things go poorly, you'll stay in the game long enough to learn.

r/finance • comment
1 points • Braxis89

I'd like to know how to measure the covariance in a portfolio, how to calculate the net present value of an investment, how to do option pricing, etc. I want to get into financial engineering, as a software engineer I find finance quite entertaining and very exploitable through software.

I know that I need to know about math such as calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics and stochastics(that one will take longer). I'm working on that.

I took a crash course on economics, it gave me a good foundation to move on to Financial Markets by Robert Shiller

I don't suppose anyone has a more math oriented course? I'm open to any other more rigorous courses in finance, though. I'm looking to take my career towards that area.

Any help is appreciated.

r/coursera • comment
1 points • SkullTech101

I've not done many courses tbh, so I don't think I'd be able to recommend any other courses. If you're done with this course, you can do Algorithms, Part 2. I'd say you search for courses on topics you're interested in, instead of the other way around. Right now I'm doing a course on Finance, and it's very good (Recommended, even if you are slightly interested in Finance)! The course is Financial Markets. The professor is a Nobel Laureate, so you can understand he has some real insights into finance, especially behavioral finance.

r/AskReddit • comment
1 points • bootylover1337

find a company you know and like and just watch it everyday. watch the news. see how it reacts, see how it doesn't. over time you'll build an intuition for how things are gonna move. you develop a sense like you know when the basket is going to go in the hoop. of course there are black swan events that can tank the market but in general these are low probability events.

read a lot of math, read a lot of business news

investopedia is a good first resource. read up on warren buffet.

watch this course:

you'll be well on your way to understanding the markets in about... 2-4 years.

save your money for now.

r/investing • comment
1 points • Moose_Chimp

If your seriously interested in learning more, I would recommend taking an online course such as this:

r/investing • comment
1 points • reddbarron1

IMO you need to at least understand a little of the CAPM to understand why your question is useless.

Why does the average person know about "diversification" but not "arbitrage" even though arbitrage is a far more fundamental idea in finance? Because there was no way to sell more mutual funds 20 years ago by marketing the concept of arbitrage. You are simply repeating back a useless marketed version of diversification that you learned from advertisements that was trying to get you to spread your money over all a companies mutual funds and not just a few.

r/BasicIncome • comment
1 points • smegko

I thought this was going to be about Robert Shiller's Financial Markets MOOC.

r/FinancialPlanning • comment
1 points • RBC1775

Check out Coursera they have several free online courses and there’s a free one from Yale on Financial Markets and there may be more:

Begin saving and investing and building credit score as you can. I started investing at 18 in employers 401K and wish I would have started sooner and been more informed as I wasted a lot of my disposable income on teenage whims, clothes, entertainment, friends, etc.

r/stocks • comment
1 points • Thanks-Feeling

The shorter your time horizon, the more volatility. If you need that money 8 months from now, you can't assume the stock market will be up instead of down. If you need that money when you retire (assuming you're young now), you can safely assume the stock market will be exponentially higher than it is now.

If you want to understand how the market works. There is a free course here:

r/stocks • comment
1 points • tronpablo

r/IndiaInvestments • comment
1 points • dazzieta

Try this course

r/wallstreetbets • comment
1 points • wdtpw

r/fintech • comment
1 points • tjc4

It sounds like you're struggling more on the finance side than the tech side of fintech. Maybe a course like this might help.

r/Cordoba • comment
1 points • Krivdar

En coursera y Edx también tenes varios cursos que son gratuitos, solo te cobran la certificación. En Coursera tenes uno de mercados financieros, dictado por Yale, que capaz te puede interesar por tu carrera (Cursito de Yale )

r/finance • comment
3 points • DJIisStupid

Terminology would be one thing you'd have to learn regardless, so something like an intro finance course. Khan Academy is supposed to have a good one, as well as this Schiller course:

Research is a very broad category; you can do research on specific stocks, stock sectors, parts of the economy, or more quantitative technical research. Trading can vary from trading based on fundamentals or trading purely on algorithmic signals at shops like Jane Street. I'd say if you want to get into research really make sure you understand financial products and lingo. If you want to get into trading get a decent grasp of probability and ability to make decisions when faced with risk.

One resource that I found surprisingly good is Shrekeli's intro to finance videos, where he basically outlines the thinking of financial analysis and valuation.

Beyond this, I have a pdf of key papers in finance somewhere, I will look for it and edit my comment later.

Edit: Edit: Paper found here. You can read the commodity ones too, but its not necessary, I just found these while doing some research on commodities.

r/InvestmentEducation • comment
5 points • thisislookez


  • Quick ways to make money are, in their vast majority, gimmicks. Aim for the long-term.
  • Spend as little as you can, save the more you can, make the most you can. This is the biggest factor you can influence to reach your financial outcomes.
  • Don't stop studying finance. There's always more you can learn, regardless of your path in life.
  • Money solves your problems only up to a point, and brings other problems. When you have the money, how are you gonna store it? How are you gonna avoid losing it? How are you gonna make more of it? How are you gonna do taxes? How are you gonna spend it?
  • Make sure, that you have a great understanding about inflation, interest and compound interest. This alone can change your financial life.

In general, you can follow this path:

  1. Reduce debt - pay off high-interest debt (> 5%) as fast as possible
  2. Cashflow and basic needs - food, house, etc. Start working the highest paying job you can the earliest you can. Studying counts.
  3. Get some financial safety - SAVE MONEY. Build an emergency fund (\~6 months of your monthly expenses).
  4. Start accumulating wealth - Build an investment portfolio. Start saving for retirement. Reduce debt - seems easy but gets very hard between 20-30 and is a pivotal moment for your financial life.
  5. Work towards financial freedom - Long-term investments, retirement planning, children education, vacations.

It sounds basic, because it is, most people stop at 1 and stay there.

How to learn about investing

Good luck

r/stocks • comment
1 points • alfileres1

I'm taking the coursera "Financial Markets" MOOC, and liking it so far:

r/investing • comment
2 points • essmac

I just started reading A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkel (latest edition is 2019), and it's pretty good so far. I've also seen several recommendations for John Bogle's The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, though I haven't read it yet.

There are also free courses on Coursera to get your feet wet (e.g. Robert Shiller's Financial Markets class, Yale Unv). These aren't always designed for your everyday retirement investor, but Shiller's course is still really informative.

r/merval • comment
1 points • fru87

Yo hice el de Financial Markets que es muy simple pero muy bien armado para novatos. Y también el de Peter Navarro The power of Macroeconomics que también es muy recomendable, sobretodo si uno no sabe de macro.

De Shiller cuál estás haciendo? Lo recomendás?

r/investing • comment
1 points • hypergrapher

Shiller's MOOC is fantastic place to start


Don't waste your time with simulators and TA. It is just nonsense for suckers who don't understand markets.

r/investing • comment
0 points • crudcrud

Robert Shiller has a pretty good history of financial markets class on coursera. It might be of interest.

r/SandersForPresident • comment
1 points • Danmingle

...I can't even. Honestly, I'm not going to be belittling, so I suggest checking out Cousera economics, finance and more specifically, financial markets. I consider myself a more conservative individual, however after exposing myself to literature on social sciences that I had not previously studied as it pertains to sociological matters, I have changed my mind about things on race relations, LGBTQ matters, etc. It was a question of a lack of education and knowledge on my part and the more information I was exposed to, the better I could form a well rounded and informed opinion. if you believe there is no correlation between the performance of a stock market and the well-being of the people within that economy, then there may be a disconnect between your understanding of economics and reality.

r/singaporefi • comment
1 points • Oztibis12

r/investing has plenty anecdotes of people losing money through trading and why it is generally a bad idea, please go and read them. Hate to break this to you but a short course in trading is not going to help you in your university application and future career, even if the course is from SMU.

The universities you are applying for and future employers will quickly come to the conclusion that you do not have a good understanding of finance and you are just looking to gamble on the markets. They will also be thinking, if you're truly good at trading, why bother applying to university or working for someone else?

There are proper, more comprehensive finance courses out there that will do a better job in helping your university application and future career without costing an arm and a leg. A couple of examples: free financial markets course on coursera by a yale professor, there plenty of other free courses on coursera provided by established universities around the world (NTU included), they also offer professional certificates courses and degrees. MIT's Foundations of Modern Finance on edX. edX is another similar online education platform that offers professional certificates courses and degrees from established universities. Please go for courses that will equip you with the proper industry skills and knowledge that will actually help your university application and future career.

r/PersonalFinanceCanada • comment
1 points • whoombat

Not a book per se, but I learned a lot from the free Yale-taught Financial Markets course on Coursera. There are 1-2 hours of video lectures + additional readings and quizzes each week.

The behavioral finance and financialization of housing market topics were particularly interesting to me.

Here is their blurb:
An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise. Emphasis on financially-savvy leadership skills. Description of practices today and analysis of prospects for the future. Introduction to risk management and behavioral finance principles to understand the real-world functioning of securities, insurance, and banking industries. The ultimate goal of this course is using such industries effectively and towards a better society.


You can also access the content directly from Yale:

r/RobinHood • comment
1 points • medicalcagefighting

Audit these classes:

Then, find books or more classes. The material is free.

r/investing • comment
1 points • FromBayToBurg

No, there isn't. Even for financial professionals it's a very poor indicator of acumen and won't help you become a better investor.

Your best bet is mostly through academic textbooks. Youtube is full of charlatans and investopedia will only get you so far.

I saw someone recommend I haven't taken this course, but it is taught by Robert Shiller (and is free).

There is this course, which I also cannot vouch for as I haven't taken it, Illinois has a good financial planning program and the CFP Board is reputable for investor education. It may end up being too basic for you, but it is free.

Similar course through Florida:

If you want to learn more about valuing companies, then Professor Damodaran at the Stern School of Business has some of the most widely available material for free.

His classes are posted to Youtube and he also uploads slides and quizzes for each lecture along with the solutions.

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • brbrbrbrbr2

You want to read "How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly" by William J Bernstein. This should give you a good idea on how you as an individual might want to approach investing from a personal perspective.

I would also suggest reading and and looking through the materials in their wiki.

I would also recommend this course by Robert Shiller. While not an investing guide, it should give you a good understanding of a lot of finance basics like asset types, diversification, strategies, etc from a very interesting and engaging speaker.

Your friends may be successful while being completely clueless. S&P 500 for example has had a phenomenal run over the last several years, so it has not been very difficult to make money. I would not advise investing in individual stocks and trying to do your own analysis as anything other than entertainment/gambling. There is an entire industry of extremely well educated, well connected, well funded people who work long hours doing only this - don't sink your retirement fund into trying to beat them as a part-timer. Majority are nothing special, but that doesn't mean you will be either! I would recommend investing in low cost index funds (you can read more about that and why in the first book recommendation.

Finally, to answer your questions:

  1. How much do you need to invest or do you start with?
    As little or as much as you like, depending on the broker/platform you invest with. Vanguard (my own preference) will let you invest very small amounts (I'm in the UK where £100 a month is the min, likely similarly small in the US). Some platforms will let you invest smaller amounts, but transaction fees will make it prohibitively expensive.
  2. Where do you look to find out what to invest in?
    For index funds it's whatever's available on the platform. For individual stocks, there are many simple metrics to look at as a quick pass, such as price to earnings ratio (price of the stick compared to company earnings). If you have access to the data, you might do further analysis on the industry they're in, what their balance sheet looks like. I have heard Martin Shkreli of all people has a good youtube course on this (though bear in mind he's in jail for fraud right now...). There are millions of different financial products to invest in, but mainly you will want to look at stocks and bonds.
  3. Can you move your money around and withdrawal/invest at will?
    From your perspective, it's likely that your broker/platform will take care of all of this stuff. Otherwise it depends on the investment and is part of the reason different financial products get invented. Shares are very standardised investment units - ignoring share classes, my share in Apple is the same thing as your share in Apple - and so can be traded relatively quickly and easily (though usually with broker fees to pay the people actually doing the trading). A house on the other hand is much more difficult to trade quickly and easily, so you can instead invest in REIT funds and trade shares of that fund. There are also legal rules on trading but they are unlikely to affect you unless you're in a position to do insider trading or you make a lot of money.

r/personalfinance • comment
1 points • nn123654

Also if you want to go more in depth Courera has undergraduate and occasionally graduate level classes on finance, including:

Also shoutout to edX and Uadacity as well, their stuff is more tech focused but they do have several Machine Learning classes on algorithmic trading.

r/Romania • comment
1 points • FormalLet