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Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets | [The Great Courses]

Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets

With record-breaking highs one minute and economy-rocking lows the next, it can seem as if there's no way to feel truly comfortable in the mysterious world of finance. But there is, and it's more accessible than you might think. Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets is an essential primer on this domain, from its functions, strengths, and possibilities to its weaknesses and vulnerabilities
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With record-breaking highs one minute and economy-rocking lows the next, it can seem as if there's no way to feel truly comfortable in the mysterious world of finance. But there is, and it's more accessible than you might think.

Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets is an essential primer on this domain, from its functions, strengths, and possibilities to its weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In 24 eye-opening lectures, an award-winning Duke University professor reveals the interconnected workings of the financial markets and how society's financial strength -and your own - depend on money flowing through these channels.

You'll not only gain a new appreciation for the variety of financial products and services available to you, but also for how crucial we as individuals are to the functioning of the entire system.

You'll clearly see how these markets affect you - and vice versa - any time you're involved in a financial transaction, whether you're

  • financing a car;
  • Applying for a mortgage
  • Receiving a preapproved credit card offer
  • Participating in your company's 401K plan or
  • Making a deposit at your local bank.

This course provides the concepts and tools you need to draw connections between headlines made globally and what's happening to your bottom line locally. By the final lecture, you'll understand just how interdependent the world's markets have become; feel newly at ease in the realm of stocks, bonds, derivatives, and credit; and be better able to make informed decisions for your financial future.

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.

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Lynn Chandler, AZ, United States 09-26-13
    Lynn Chandler, AZ, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Clear, Concise and Easy Listening"
    Where does Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very nice course/audiobook. The prof. is pleasant to listen to and he makes his points quite clearly. I highly recommend this to anyone than wants an understanding of money and the economy.
    In listening, he has another course called "Understanding Investments" unfortunately, to date, it is not available as an audiobook. If it comes out I would order it immediately based on the quality of this audiobook.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-28-13
    Joe SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great all around primer on the finanacial markets!"
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    This book was a great listen. I feel much more informed and understating of the general principles that make our financial markets work. Highly recommended for anyone interested in that understanding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darym Alden 12-30-14
    Darym Alden 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Clear and Engaging Finance Overview"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hearing lots of complicated ideas finally broken down in an easily digestible way. I especially enjoyed his explanation about Fed policy. I also enjoyed how he came up with important rationale for all the financing mechanisms out there.


    What does Professor Connel Fullenkamp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He speaks well and clearly and his enthusiasm comes through


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't make movies about educational finance books


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Casey ALLSTON, MA, United States 04-09-15
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    "Crucial information for everyone!"

    Listen to this before "how the stock market works." I did it the other way and wish I hadn't. So many useful things in this course, I don't even know where to start!

    Will definitely be listening again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Dye 03-12-15
    Samuel Dye 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Introduction!"

    This is a series of 24 lectures, each building upon the others. Professor Fullenkamp spoke with clarity and detailed seemingly complex ideas into layman's terms that were easy to both follow and understand.

    After this series I find myself actually listening to stock market updates, reading financial articles, and asking questions about my own savings, mortgage, 401k, and investments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jwgilligan 04-23-14
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    Would you listen to Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets again? Why?

    Yes; it is the type of information that behooves you to refresh.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets?

    The explanation of adverse selection.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Connel Fullenkamp – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    This book is nothing if not one interesting tidbit after another.


    Any additional comments?

    Professor B. mistakenly describes Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme as a Pyramid scheme. Not a huge deal as his definition was right, he just called it the wrong term.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Strinden 01-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "No more intimidation over financial matters"

    Changing times are forcing people at every income level and stage of life to take charge of the financial well being of their future. A fundamental knowledge of securities and how money works is essential to get started. This series will get you going so you can confidently talk to bankers and financial planners without looking ignorant. Most of the content was precisely what I was looking for. The rest was exactly what I needed only I didn't know it. The professor made it and kept it interesting. Kudos and appreciation to the professor, Great Courses and audible.com for your work and partnership. Thank you!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric James Johnson Michigan, USA 05-24-15
    Eric James Johnson Michigan, USA 05-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fills a gap in my education"
    Where does Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm someone who has studiously avoided learning about financial engineering my whole life. I enjoy economics, on the other hand, very much, but that is more sociology/psychology. This was definitely out of my comfort (interest?) zone.


    What other book might you compare Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets to and why?

    This is a first for me.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Connel Fullenkamp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to any other books or lectures on Finance.


    If you could give Financial Literacy: Finding Your Way in the Financial Markets a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The current subtitle is quite good enough, I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't remain ignorant of this stuff.

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    R. Willis 05-20-15
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    "Exceptional overview of Financial Systems!"

    I don't know how you could dislike this course and the objectivity with which presents the course though much of the material could easily have been politicized. Fullenkamp is a true economist and I've like to hear many more lectures from him. Less important to me ease of listening, I'd give the Professor 5 stars there also!

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    Kevin 05-17-15
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    "Strong foundation"

    Solid course to learn about the basics of finances. Another great course by the great courses. Will look into the investing course now.

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    Excellent introduction in plain English. The author draws your attention to the relevance to ones own circumstances very well indeed

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    "Informative intro to varied aspects of finance"

    Very good! Insightful and enjoyable learning the mechanism of the financial markets; their structure and operations. Met my expectations and sparked a further interest in the subject.

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