Advanced Understanding of Stocks and Bonds

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This final course will cover more advanced aspects of bonds and stocks that will help you make smart personal decisions and develop a keen understanding of how governments and companies borrow from us. You will better understand stocks and bonds valuation and take a deeper dive using real-world problems. For stocks, you will review what you have already learned and understand valuation. You will learn about growth, different types of growth both bad and good. You will also get an opportunity to apply these concepts in practice assignments. For bonds: you will review what you have already learned. You will learn about different sources of risk in bonds. Lastly you will get an opportunity to apply these concepts in practice assignments.After completing this course, you will have a deeper understanding of how bonds and stocks are valued and the risks involved in both. You will be able to apply this knowledge to understand the workings of a company and how it creates value. This will enable you to invest with more confidence and also bring a special and critical lens to a company’s decisions.This course is part of the four-course Foundational Finance for Strategic Decision Making Specialization.InstructorGautam Kaul87,767 Learners22 Courses


Gautam Kaul

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Week 1:

Bond Valuation - Advanced Issues

This course follows the same pattern as the second course did relative to the first. In Course 3 we covered the basics of bonds and stocks with simpler applications. In this course, we will delve deeper into bond and stocks with an emphasis on applications. In the first two weeks we will be focused on bonds. Also the Practice and Graded Assignments in weeks 2 and 4 are deliberately structured to contain ten questions, with some overlap with Course 3 followed by increasing complexity.

  • 3 videos
    • About This Specialization58s
    • 1.1 Sources of Risk in Bonds 21m
    • 1.2 Recap Bonds 7m
  • 3 readings
    • Specialization-Syllabus45m
    • Course 4 - Syllabus30m
    • Note-Spreadsheets45m

Week 2:

Bond Valuation - Advanced Applications

This week is all about practicing applications and attempting the Graded Assignment. I would encourage you to also revisit Yahoo Finance and review the data on bonds and read articles on bond markets.

  • 2 readings
    • Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
    • Note-Spreadsheets45m
  • 2 practice exercises
    • Practice Assignment 12h
    • Graded Assignment 12h

Week 3:

Stock Valuation - Advanced Issues

This module is probably the most interesting module in this Specialization because it shows you how any idea adds value by relating it to the price of a stock. You will gain a deep understanding of how firms create value and how growth may not be a good policy. All the concepts are introduced using applications. This module conveys the essence of value creation. You are encouraged to start Practicing the assignments.

  • 4 videos
    • 3.1 Valuation: the Big Picture 10m
    • 3.2 What is Growth? 6m
    • 3.3 Good or Bad Growth? 16m
    • 3.4 Recap Stocks 5m
  • 2 readings
    • Note-Formulae30m
    • Note-Spreadsheets45m

Week 4:

Stock Valuation - Advanced Applications

This week is again devoted entirely to financial analysis and assignments. Each assignment has ten questions and some are quite complex. You must take this opportunity to learn finance. All the skills you develop will help you both personally and professionally. The beauty of finance is that the frameworks are the same regardless of whether you are making a personal or a professional decision.

  • 1 reading
    • Note-Formulae
  • 2 practice exercises
    • Practice Assignment 22h
    • Graded Assignment 22h



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Introduction to Finance

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This course is being discontinued after the current session June 1 - mid September is over. The content has been translated into the first two courses of a new specialization we are launching titled "Introduction to ...
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