Finance for Everyone: Markets

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About this course: Markets begins with one of the most common and important elements of the financial system – interest rates. You will learn why interest rates have always been a key barometer in determining the value of everything. You will explore the changing influence of interest rates; the impact of interest rates on consumption, investment and economic growth; and the bizarre realities of negative interest rates. Markets explains how interest rates change the value of all financial instruments, highlighting the role of the bond and stock markets that have toppled empires. We take a closer look at the equity pricing models and equity markets that reverberate across the globe, and …

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Markets begins with one of the most common and important elements of the financial system – interest rates. You will learn why interest rates have always been a key barometer in determining the value of everything. You will explore the changing influence of interest rates; the impact of interest rates on consumption, investment and economic growth; and the bizarre realities of negative interest rates. Markets explains how interest rates change the value of all financial instruments, highlighting the role of the bond and stock markets that have toppled empires. We take a closer look at the equity pricing models and equity markets that reverberate across the globe, and explore everything from the first stock ever issued – by the Dutch East India Company – to the little-understood but powerful derivative securities market. By the end of the course, you will have developed insight into the intersections of the financial markets with worlds of policy, politics, and power. You will have demonstrated that insight by teaching an important financial concept and translating a financial product or transaction to someone who will clearly benefit from your advice.

Who is this class for: Whether you work in the financial industry or are a novice, this course is aimed at anyone wanting to develop financial literacy with respect to financial markets, understand the social impact of financial markets, and gain confidence in forming communicating about financial concepts and participating in markets.

Created by:  McMaster University
  • Taught by:  Arshad Ahmad, Professor

    DeGroote School of Business
Basic Info Course 2 of 5 in the Finance for Everyone Specialization Level Beginner Commitment 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.4 stars Average User Rating 4.4See what learners said Coursework

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WEEK 1


Week 1: Welcome & Interest Rates



Welcome! This first week will orient you to the specialization and help set you up to make the most of your experience with us in Finance for Everyone: Markets. You will also engage with a fundamental concept that has tremendous influence on financial markets, communicate with your fellow learners, and familiarize yourself with the course culminating project.


3 videos, 7 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: F4E Specialization Snapshot
  2. Video: Introduction to Finance for Everyone: Markets
  3. Reading: Course Outline
  4. Reading: Course Connections: Where are our learners from?
  5. Reading: Keeping a Learning Portfolio
  6. Practice Quiz: Markets Intro Survey
  7. Discussion Prompt: Course Connections: Learner Introductions!
  8. Video: Interest Rates Part 1
  9. Video: Interest Rates Part 2
  10. Discussion Prompt: Your Interest in Interest Rates
  11. Reading: LearnSmart - What it is & how to use it
  12. Reading: (Optional) LearnSmart: Chapter 7 Interest Rates
  13. Reading: Introduction to Presentation Final Assignment

Graded: Making a Difference in Week 1

WEEK 2


Week 2: Bonds



Week 2 is all about bonds! You will explore this market from its inception to present day, discuss a current curious phenomenon, develop skills for pricing bonds, and have the opportunity to engage in experiencing the market for yourself! Don't forget to continue working towards your course culminating project!


3 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Reading: Background Information on Bonds
  2. Video: Bonds Part I: Introduction
  3. Video: Bonds Part II: Pricing
  4. Video: Solutions to Bond Quiz
  5. Discussion Prompt: Course Connections: Negative Interest Rates - The Modern Blob?
  6. Reading: (Optional) LearnSmart Chapter 7B: Bond Valuation
  7. Reading: MarketEx: Bonds Week Instructions
  8. Reading: Bond Resources
  9. Discussion Prompt: MarketEx: Following Bonds

Graded: Bonds
Graded: Making a Difference in Week 2

WEEK 3


Week 3: Stocks



Week 3 is Stocks week! You will familiarize yourself with this market from its creation to present day, review key moments of market turbulence, develop skills for pricing stocks, and turn your MarketEx focus to experience stocks! As you explore all things stocks, you will continue to prepare your course culminating assignment.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Stocks: Introduction
  2. Video: Stocks: Pricing
  3. Video: Stocks: Turbulence
  4. Video: Solutions to Stocks Quiz
  5. Discussion Prompt: Course Connections: Getting to the Good Questions
  6. Reading: (Optional) LearnSmart Chapter 8: Stocks
  7. Reading: MarketEx: Stocks Week Instructions
  8. Reading: Stock Resources
  9. Discussion Prompt: MarketEx: Following Stocks

Graded: Stocks
Graded: Making a Difference in Week 3

WEEK 4


Week 4: Deriviates & Course Presentation



In Week 4, you will synthesize your learnings for Finance for Everyone: Markets. You will participate in a peer review of Presentation materials submitted by your classmates, reflect on your key learnings from this course, and look ahead to Finance for Everyone: Value!


4 videos, 1 reading, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Introduction to Derivative Securities
  2. Video: Derivative Securities Part II
  3. Video: Derivative Securities Part III
  4. Reading: (Optional) LearnSmart Chapter 25 Options and Corporate Securities
  5. Discussion Prompt: MarketEx: Lessons Learned
  6. Video: Course 2 Epilogue
  7. Discussion Prompt: Course Connections: Beyond Markets
  8. Practice Quiz: End of Course Feedback

Graded: Presentation Assignment
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