Finance for Everyone: Decisions

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About this course: Finance for Everyone: Decisions will introduce you to the workings of the free markets and the foundations of finance. You will learn how free markets and their “creative destruction” provide the architecture for the global economy and how those same markets move money in ways that create and destroy wealth. Your financial toolkit will include timeless concepts like compounding, discounting, annuities, effective interest rates, and more. You will also learn how to simplify important financial calculations and apply that knowledge to real-life decisions that can influence everything from how you pay for your car to where you live. Through peer review you will publish y…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Finance for Everyone: Decisions will introduce you to the workings of the free markets and the foundations of finance. You will learn how free markets and their “creative destruction” provide the architecture for the global economy and how those same markets move money in ways that create and destroy wealth. Your financial toolkit will include timeless concepts like compounding, discounting, annuities, effective interest rates, and more. You will also learn how to simplify important financial calculations and apply that knowledge to real-life decisions that can influence everything from how you pay for your car to where you live. Through peer review you will publish your view on an issue important to you. You will also discover how your applied decisions connect to bigger questions relating to changing market conditions as you prepare for the second course in F4E: Markets.

Who is this class for: Whether you work in the financial industry or are a novice, this course is aimed at anyone wanting to develop financial literacy, understand the social impact of financial decisions, and gain confidence in forming opinions and making financial choices.

Created by:  McMaster University
  • Taught by:  Arshad Ahmad, Professor

    DeGroote School of Business
Basic Info Course 1 of 5 in the Finance for Everyone Specialization Commitment 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.6 stars Average User Rating 4.6See what learners said Задания курса

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


An Introduction to (Corporate) Finance



Welcome! This first week will give you a bit of background on the specialization and help set you up to make the most of your experience doing Finance for Everyone: Decisions. You will also engage with introductory concepts about finance, communicate with your fellow learners, and familiarize yourself with the course culminating project.


4 videos, 5 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Introduction to the Specialization
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Specialization Outline
  3. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Where are Our Learners From?
  4. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Keeping a Learning Portfolio
  5. Video: Introduction to Finance for Everyone: Decisions
  6. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Course Outline
  7. Тренировочный тест: Learner Interest Survey
  8. Вопрос для обсуждения: Introduce Yourself!
  9. Video: What is Finance?
  10. Video: 3 Important Aspects of Financial Decisions
  11. Вопрос для обсуждения: Aligning Stakeholder Interests with Your Own
  12. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Thinking Ahead to the Op-Ed Assignment
  13. Вопрос для обсуждения: Ideas that Matter to You

Graded: Making a Difference 1

WEEK 2


Ideas & Time Value of Money I



In Week 2, you will continue to explore money flows and consider the time value of money. You can also optionally use a financial calculator, view a tutorial, and practice these new skills. Don't forget to continue brainstorming ideas for your course culminating project!


7 videos, 3 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Decisions in Market Systems
  2. Video: Market Types
  3. Вопрос для обсуждения: Our Most Valuable Things
  4. Video: Time Value of Money I
  5. Video: The Dutch Auction
  6. Video: Dutch Auction - give it a try!
  7. Video: The 3-Step Procedure to Improve Problem-Solving
  8. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: LearnSmart: What it is and how to use it
  9. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: LearnSmart: Introduction to Corporate Finance (Optional)
  10. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Financial Calculator Options
  11. Video: Financial Calculator Tutorial
  12. Тренировочный тест: Using Your Financial Calculator

Graded: Time Value of Money I
Graded: Making a Difference 2

WEEK 3


Debt & Time Value of Money II
In Week 3, you will delve deeper into money flows and time value of money. As these concepts wrap up for the course, you will continue to prepare your course culminating assignment.


8 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Repercussions of the Free Market
  2. Video: Income Inequality
  3. Video: Social and Environmental Consequences
  4. Video: Overextended Debt
  5. Вопрос для обсуждения: Images of Inequity
  6. Video: Introduction to Annuities & Perpetuities
  7. Video: Future Value of an Annuity
  8. Video: Present Value of an Annuity
  9. Video: Perpetuities
  10. Вопрос для обсуждения: Unconventional Lenders and Rates
  11. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: LearnSmart: Introduction to Valuation: Time Value of Money (Optional)

Graded: Money Flows
Graded: Making a Difference 3
Graded: Time Value of Money II

WEEK 4


Decisions Synthesis
In Week 4, you will synthesize your learnings for Finance for Everyone: Decisions. You will participate in a peer review of Op-Eds written by your classmates, complete a final quiz, and look ahead to Finance for Everyone: Markets!


4 videos, 1 reading, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Time Value of Money I Quiz Solutions
  2. Video: Time Value of Money II Quiz Solutions
  3. Video: Solutions to Final Quiz
  4. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Solutions to Final Quiz using a Financial Calculator
  5. Video: Course 1 Epilogue
  6. Вопрос для обсуждения: Beyond Decisions
  7. Тренировочный тест: End of Course Feedback

Graded: "Op-Ed" Assignment
Graded: Final Quiz - Graded
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