Learn How Investors Create Wealth
How do investors create wealth? What are the impacts of fintech and cryptocurrencies? What really happens to a stock once you buy it? This fascinating course navigates the complex world of finance by breaking down the basic mechanics of financial markets. You’ll learn how to make money off of mispriced assets using valuation models. You’ll analyze a public company, determine its worth, and identify the price at which the company would make a good investment. If you see a future investing for individuals or for companies, this course is for you.
Enter the Dynamic World of Investing
Explore the Foundations of Finance and Investing.
Learn what investment is, what it isn’t, and how it differs from speculation. Begin to understand how people use markets to achieve financial gains and how markets provide social benefits.
Build an Investment Portfolio.
Identify the types of investors and how they manage their investments. Learn the key characteristics of a strong portfolio, based on using strategies of asset allocation. Evaluate a portfolio for elements such as risks, diversification, leverage, and constraints. Build your own investment portfolio.
Navigate the Financial System To See What an Investment Nets You.
Delve into the financial system to discover step-by-step how to buy a stock. Learn about market “plumbing,” order placement strategies, and how prices are set on stock exchanges. Explore shareholder status to understand what you “get” as an investor in a company.
Learn About Valuation Approaches To Determine an Asset’s Worth.
Begin to calculate an asset’s worth—what you’re willing to pay, as well as the potential return on investment. Review common pricing models and describe what makes them both useful and imperfect. Put what you’ve learned into a case study referencing a historical example.
Explore the World of Fintech and the Future of Finance.
Get smart on the union of technology and finance. Using well-known examples of fintech, identify current trends, such as cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and decentralization. Define how these work in markets, such as luxury products, entertainment, and even traditional transactions. Show how fintech is helping to build future cash flows.
Consider College Majors and Future Careers in Investing.
Topics covered in this course offer a good background for potential college majors and careers related to stock market investing, consulting, fintech, monetary policy, financial planning, accounting, and more.
How You Will Benefit
- Describe financial markets and explain how to make money through investing.
- Determine how stock markets work by explaining the stock trade process in the U.S.
- Explain the process of wealth creation.
- Identify how to make money off mispriced assets using valuation models.
- Identify fintech opportunities and explore digital and crypto assets.
- Complete a Final Capstone Project to demonstrate what you’ve learned.
- Earn a Certificate of Completion from Georgetown University.
Three Learning Advantages Designed for You
Final Capstone Project
This course culminates with a special capstone project where you will analyze a public company to determine its potential for investors, by:
- Estimating the returns and risks for investors.
- Determining how to set an appropriate price on the company.
- Describing advantages for shareholders.
- Valuing the company based on its comparable competitors.
- Identifying future opportunities for the company.
You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:
- Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
- Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed.
- Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final Capstone project.
- 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
- Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lessons. Tune in anytime that works for you.
- 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.
Apply Now for the Next Available Course
December 18 - January 1
Becoming an Investor: An Inside Look at Finance
Length: 2 weeks
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 11, 2022
All course options have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.
Course Designed by Georgetown University Faculty
Professor James J. Angel, Ph.D.
Academic Director, FINRA-Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional
Professor Angel specializes in the market structure and regulation of global financial markets, and he has visited over 75 financial exchanges around the world. He teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses, including Fintech, and Investments. ''Dr. Jim'' has testified before Congress about issues relating to the design of financial markets, has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper articles, and has appeared numerous times on radio and television. Professor Angel is also a co-inventor on 12 fintech patents.
How to Apply
It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:
- Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
- Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer.
Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.Begin the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:
- Haven’t applied to the program, complete your application now. The scholarship application is included.
- Applied to the program and didn’t fill out a scholarship request, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.