What are your most important financial goals? Sending your kids to college? Buying a new home? Retiring early? Having the freedom to not worry about whether you can afford to buy a new car or go on vacation? It's your financial resources that are the determining factor in how you're able to answer these and a host of other questions. And few things are as important in determining just what those financial resources are as your understanding of where and how to invest.
Understanding Investments introduces the fundamentals of investing to those new to the subject while broadening and deepening the knowledge of more experienced investors. Taught by Professor Connel Fullenkamp, an award-winning educator from Duke University, these lectures clearly explain the various kinds of financial markets, the different kinds of investments available to you, and the pros and cons of each. Even more important: The course shows you how to evaluate each of these in terms of your own financial situation.
24 Episodes (31 Minutes Each)
How to Stop Worrying and Start Investing
How Investors Make Money
Starting with Stocks
The Basics of Bonds
Introduction to Mutual Funds
What Are Exchange-Traded Funds?
Financial Statement Analysis
P/E Ratios and the Method of Comparables
Fundamentals-Based Analysis of Stocks
Startup Companies and IPOs
Why Should You Care about Dividends?
Picking Mutual Funds
Investing in Foreign Assets
Options Are for Everyone
Real Estate and Commodities
Cycles and Market Timing
Deciding When to Sell
Risk, Return, and Diversification
Time Value of Money
Taking Charge of Your Investments
Connel Fullenkamp, Ph.D.
Professor Connel Fullenkamp is Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Duke University. He teaches financial economics courses, such as corporate finance, as well as core courses, such as economic principles. In addition to teaching, he serves as a consultant for the Duke Center for International Development.
Prior to joining the Duke faculty in 1999, Professor Fullenkamp was a faculty member in the Department of Finance within the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Professor Fullenkamp earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Michigan State University. In addition to receiving the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, he was named one of the university's Alumni Distinguished Scholars. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees in Economics from Harvard University, where he was also awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Professor Fullenkamp's areas of interest include financial market development and regulation, economic policy, and immigrant remittances. His work has appeared in a number of prestigious academic journals, including the Review of Economic Dynamics, The Cato Journal, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. He also does consulting work for the IMF Institute at the International Monetary Fund, training government officials around the world. He is a member of the IMF Institute's finance team, whose purpose is to train central bankers and other officials in financial market regulation, focusing on derivatives and other new financial instruments. In recognition of his teaching excellence, Professor Fullenkamp has received Duke University's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award as well as the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business Outstanding Teacher Award. Along with Sunil Sharma, Professor Fullenkamp won the third annual ICFR-Financial Times Research Prize for their paper on international financial regulation.
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This is a very practical course that does a great job of holding the interest of both the financial novice and the more serious and experienced investor. Professor Fullenkamp is eager and earnest and has a very comfortable lecture style. He neither panders nor condescends and effectively communicates a lot of information in each lecture in a workmanlike fashion. His choice of material, the amount of time he devotes to each investment concept, and the pace at which he goes through the course topics are all right on the mark. If you like the study of investments, you will enjoy this course; if you find investments deathly dull, I think Professor Fullenkamp provides you a relatively painless way to gain important information you really should not be without. Bottom line, I give Professor Fullenkamp and the course very high marks and would recommend it to all.
I am a CPA and a CTP and by no means an investment expert of any type. I participated in this course with my 77 year old father because he needs guidance on how to make informed investment decisions even though he continues to work part-time in retirement. This course did an exceptional job of laying the foundation for investment decision making.
An absolutely fantastic review of investments. Clear and concise with appropriate illustrations. The professor has an excellent style of presentation and makes even the most complex concepts understandable.