Friday, 5 December 2008

Finance 101 Course Online & Free by Robert Schiller of Yale University

Wow! A top-notch university lecture series on fundamental topics of modern finance by Robert Schiller, professor at Yale University and amongst other things, author of the best-selling book Irrational Exuberance and co-creator of the Case-Schiller Housing index in the USA. The course description is this:
"The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century." There are several guest lectures by famous people connected with investing: David Swensen, Carl Icahn, Stephen Schwarzman and Andrew Redleaf.

The 26 lessons include downloadable videos or audios of the lectures given in the Spring of 2008, with transcripts in html, pdfs of slides used. Caution - the video files are large - I downloaded a medium-quality video of one lecture on behavioural finance and it was 197Mb. It runs 65 minutes. If you are really up for it, afterwards test your knowledge with the exams and then check against the answers. Based on that one module, the material is explained in very accessible language.

I don't think they give you a degree from Yale for it but it doesn't cost anything either.

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