This is an advanced course for investors in the market, covering cutting-edge investment principles and practices used by professionals. You learn hands-on techniques for analyzing the central problem of investing: How to determine if a potential investment is a good deal. Employing concepts from probability and statistics, you learn how to measure risk accurately. Then you explore methods for determining if a given security, such as a stock or bond, will generate returns that compensate for its risk.
Throughout these 24 in-depth lectures, you weigh the relative advantages of active and passive investment strategies. An active approach takes advantage of mispriced securities that can be traded for a profit. A passive strategy seeks to build a well-diversified portfolio that can be put on automatic pilot. Many investors combine these strategies, and Professor Slezak takes you through a wide range of cases that show how to devise a balanced approach.
His many useful tips include how to avoid the most common mistakes that investors make, why you should think in terms of net present value in evaluating a company, how to combine securities in order to control risk, and the importance of analyzing an investment before you act.
Professor Slezak is an expert who knows how to communicate effectively. He enlivens his presentation with colorful anecdotes and object lessons from the recent history of Wall Street. His parting advice: Don't be afraid of the market. Nothing is a sure thing, he stresses, but the market has performed consistently over the long term.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.
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The course content was excellent. However, because there's a lot of math/statistics involved, listening to equations being spoken leaves you missing out. I'm a long-time Teaching Company (aka The Great Courses) customer and I wish I had purchase this item directly from them in the video format. Although I was excited to see it on Audible (where it is also cheaper), it was just too hard to follow without actually seeing anything.
I love math, but the author speaks so quickly that i get lost following his discussion of various investment formulas. After 3-hours of listening, seems like most of this audio book focuses on financial math and formulas; not investments.
I am a fan of The Great Courses, but I would not purchase another audiobook from Prof. Slezak. I would read a book and do the math or the exercises. My opinion is that he spends way too much time calculating rates of return, yield curves, etc. This is simply put, too much detail. It is really difficult to listen to someone doing math as opposed to following along on a piece of paper or a blackboard. I quit halfway through the program.
No. I would buy his book or attend a lecture, but will not spend time listening to him doing math to four significant digits.
I hope you do not misunderstand me. I am not saying this in a disrespectful way. However I believe this program would be a lot better if he gave more insight into the the world of investment as opposed to doing financial math.
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