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Publisher's Summary

Learn how to invest with skill and confidence to attain your financial goals with the 24 timely and informative lectures of Understanding Investments

Economist, Professor Connel Fullenkamp explains the fundamentals of investing to those new to the subject while broadening and deepening the knowledge of more experienced investors. He clearly explains the various kinds of financial markets, the different kinds of investments available to you, and the pros and cons of each - and tells you how to evaluate each of these in terms of your own financial situation and goals.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2012 The Great Courses (P)2012 The Teaching Company, LLC

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Terrible book for audio only.

The reader very frequently makes reference to visualizations of charts which you cannot see (obviously) and he doesn't explain. For example:

"I'm going to show you a few graphs of the daily closing value of the S&P 500.."

"I'm going to show you some of the worst stock market drops in recent memory. As you look at these graphs, pay attention to."

"The first drop I'll show you is the infamous crash of "

"...as you can see from the prices after the crash..."

"let me show you another big market drop"



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Very Helpful

Loved this audiobook. The narration and voice is great. The content is amazing and value-added. The professor explained the concepts in plain language. I am in an MBA program and I can tell you that I gained a better understanding of how bonds, stocks and TMV work in this lecture compared to my professor at my Corporate Finance class. Make sure to download the pdf online so that you can follow along. You can find the pdf in your Audible account under my library.

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For the US audience

This book is clearly intended for the US audience. Though most of it is generic, there's plenty of references to US tax benefits and 401k's. And "foreign assets" = non-US assets.

The lecturer is quite ok. He stumbled a few times, more than the lecturer in the Economics course also by The Great Courses, but it wasn't distracting.

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Talks about charts and graphs without describing

Too often the lecturer needs to refer to graphs, charts and formulas in the accompanying text without saying what page or where to find them exactly, which makes it hard to stop listening and go find whatever he's talking about. The even better option would be describing things in such a way that I wouldn't need to go find them in the PDF!

This felt more like a lecturer doing a PowerPoint presentation than something in true audio format. Too often I was in that "lecture state of mind" where you're listening to variables and numbers without really understanding what's going on until you look at them written down on the slide, but there isn't a slide here to look at! In audio all of this should be done with words, and certainly is possible, but here they did a poor job of it. Hence the bad review.

I leave feeling like I got the gist of it but spent way too long hearing a droning sound of variables and formulas that I couldn't make sense of by just listening.

P.s.: am doing a masters in STEM so math is not really the problem.

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Very Informative

Good overview of investing with lots of practical tips. The lecturer is engaging. Only downside is lack of visits but these are made available through a PDF.

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Narrator stutters and stammers constantly

I’m finding it difficult to listen to the information that is being given because the narrator is constantly stuttering, stammering and repeating words. Very distracting.

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Information at its best

This audio book is good. I’m getting into investments so the information isn’t over the top but i will give it a slower listen the 2nd time around. It’s worth a listen/read. Gave the story 4stars because there were a few things I didn’t grab the concept maybe my it’ll sink in on my 2nd go.

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Best one yet for a general overview

Phenomenal book I suggest to anyone. Very well researched and explained. Easy to listen to as well.

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Instructive Course

This course gave me a lot to think about. I also learned a lot about the different kinds of investments out there.

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Excellent explanation of finance and investing

The author shares some great explanations of types on investments, and strategies for long and short term investing. Wish I had listened to this years ago. Also, the author is the narrator and does an excellent job keeping it interesting.