Fundamentals of Financial Markets

with Ivan Kitov

Our comprehensive Fundamentals of Financial Markets course teaches you to navigate the financial ecosystem confidently. Understand financial instruments, regulations, and market behavior through engaging lessons and real-world case studies. Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to succeed in today's complex economic landscape.

5 hours 63 lessons
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63 High Quality Lessons
19 Practical Tasks
5 Hours of Content
Certificate of Achievement

Course Overview

Being a financial analyst is not easy. You have a lot on your plate, always gathering and processing information, making important investment decisions, trading securities, hedging various risks, and investing capital. To help you complete these tasks successfully, you need to understand the characteristics of the markets in which they are executed. Our Fundamentals of Financial Markets course provides a structural overview of financial markets and their operating characteristics. It touches on several topics, starting from asset classification and the financial system’s primary functions. You will learn the difference between financial instruments such as currencies, securities, commodities, and real assets, which is a must-know for all successful financial analysts. Moreover, we provide an overview of financial intermediaries (entities that facilitate the functioning of the financial system) and compare the trading positions an investor can take in an asset. You will learn about the benefits and risks of short and long positions and how traders finance them. We also explore the different trade orders, how markets process them, and the primary and secondary markets. And finally, we discuss the characteristics of a well-functioning financial system. Next, this Fundamentals of Financial Markets course examines security market indexes and their returns. Securities prices alone reveal little about a market’s investment horizon. Yet, investors’ success largely depends on comparisons between periods, companies, shares, ratios, industries, and so on. Over 100 years ago, Charles Dow and Edward Jones set up the very first security market index. Today, hundreds of indicators help investors and analysts gauge the financial health of a firm or the overall market performance. Gradually, indexes became an inseparable part of the financial ecosystem. So, to improve your analytical skills, we delve into the choices and issues in index construction and management and the main uses of security market indexes. We also define the three forms of market efficiency and discuss the implications for technical and fundamental analysis. Lastly, we explore several market anomalies and describe how they relate to investment strategies. By the end of this course, you will understand what drives the famous saying, “You can’t beat the market.” We highly recommend enrolling for this Fundamentals of Financial Markets course if you want to pursue a career in investment banking or investment analysis. Sign up now and start learning.

Topics covered

Capital MarketsFinance FundamentalsInvestment Analysis

What You'll Learn

Aiming to upgrade your financial analyst skills? This Fundamentals of Financial Markets course will help you:

Understand the main types of securities, contracts, currencies, and commodities
Evaluate execution, validity, and clearing instructions
Calculate and interpret the value, price, and total return of an index
Explore the different types of equity and fixed income indexes
Examine the weak form, semi-strong form, and strong form of market efficiency
Characterize behavioral finance and its relevance to market anomalies


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Too much information and rapid style of explaining. After a large chapter about market structure and functions goes another chapter about indexes, which a completely different theme. And it disturbs you from collecting a whole picture as it is tricky to build connections between these topics. Maybe it would be better to split this course to several separate courses.
its great, learned lot of stuff i didn't knew before. i need class notes, thats why 4 stars, else really a great course straight 5
Great course! Wish we could also have access to resources that summarise the contents
Excel practice sheet and summary notes are provided.
very nice simplified definations
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Ivan Kitov

“Understanding how financial markets function is the stepping stone to becoming a better financial analyst.”

Ivan Kitov

COO at 365 Data Science

Fundamentals of Financial Markets

with Ivan Kitov

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