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Free Online courses – Financial Markets (Yale University Open Study)


These are the online copies of a module offered at the Yale University by Professor Robert Shiller, and was taught on campus twice a week for 75 minutes. It consists of 26 lectures in total, with a final eam (and answers!) at the end. You can download the course material here and watch the corresponding lecture videos, which following on your downloaded study material. Here are the session topics:


Lecture 1 Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society
Lecture 2 The Universal Principle of Risk Management: Pooling and the Hedging of Risks
Lecture 3 Technology and Invention in Finance
Lecture 4 Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions (CAPM Model)
Lecture 5 Insurance: The Archetypal Risk Management Institution
Lecture 6 Efficient Markets vs. Excess Volatility
Lecture 7 Behavioral Finance: The Role of Psychology
Lecture 8 Human Foibles, Fraud, Manipulation, and Regulation
Lecture 9 Guest Lecture by David Swensen
Lecture 10 Debt Markets: Term Structure
Exam 1 Midterm Exam 1
Lecture 11 Stocks
Lecture 12 Real Estate Finance and Its Vulnerability to Crisis
Lecture 13 Banking: Successes and Failures
Lecture 14 Guest Lecture by Andrew Redleaf
Lecture 15 Guest Lecture by Carl Icahn
Lecture 16 The Evolution and Perfection of Monetary Policy
Exam 2 Midterm Exam 2
Lecture 17 Investment Banking and Secondary Markets
Lecture 18 Professional Money Managers and Their Influence
Lecture 19 Brokerage, ECNs, etc.
Lecture 20 Guest Lecture by Stephen Schwarzman
Lecture 21 Forwards and Futures
Lecture 22 Stock Index, Oil and Other Futures Markets
Lecture 23 Options Markets
Lecture 24 Making It Work for Real People: The Democratization of Finance
Lecture 25 Okun Lecture: Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis, Part I (Guest Lecture by Lawrence Summers)
Lecture 26 Okun Lecture: Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis, Part II (Guest Lecture by Lawrence Summers)
Exam 3 Final Exam

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