Global Financial Markets and Instruments is a MUST. Excellent instruction! I truly appreciate the opportunity to receive this course from such a prestigious University - Rice University.
Good and succinct introduction to financial markets and instruments. Clear valuation formulas and intuitive explanation of treatment of cash-flows to define future and present values.
By Michael H•
Honestly, there is a lot wrong with this course. The professors glass over a host of very important explanations that are needed to understand the basics of the formulas they are trying to teach. A lot of the time they will fill the formula in and just say "so when you solve for that" which leaves a lot of people at a loss for how to actually solve the formula. The tests are poorly worded and put together, many times the questions will say "state your answer as a percentage rate" and when stated as a percentage rate the answer is wrong because "what you submitted is not a number". I am a person with very little financial background looking to expand my financial knowledge and I have struggled to persist with this course because time and time again a basic formula is taught in the lessons and on the test other more complicated formulae are needed to obtain the right answer.
In summary, the tests are poorly worded and often include material more advanced than what is being taught in the lessons themselves, the professors don't seem like they know what they are talking about, merely reading off of an auto-cue telling them what to say. The professors skip a lot of material needed to understand what they are talking about and what is being asked on the exams. In order to complete this course you will need to spend a lot more time utilizing resources from other parts of the internet to gain an understanding about the financial instruments and how to calculate them.
DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS COURSE. I ended up paying for the course only because I have A LOT of time on my hands and did not manage to cancel my subscription before the free trial ended. From such a prestigious university such a Rice it is disappointing to see the amount of half-assed effort gone into this course.
At the end of the day, this course will give you a better understanding of the financial world than you had previously and if you stick with it, it is quite educational. However be prepared to do a lot of figuring sh*t out yourself.
By Shannon S•
Cancelled... Lecture videos did not give nearly enough info or examples to be properly set up to understand quiz questions and pass. Lecture videos gave A, when quizzes and tests want A, B, and C.
By Johnny R•
A week in and there have already been several mistakes in the lectures. Very uninspiring.
By TAPAN S•
This is an excellent course. Dr Arzu O is one of the best instructors. She designed the course in a very thoughtful manner. Her explanation style is very accurate and simple. I am an active investor in equity market, but don't have strong financial base. I have taken this course to learn more about financial markets and the course content very well satisfied my expectation. Practice Quiz and Examples helped me to understand the course content in a better way and encouraged me to read more through some online material. Taking online course in Coursera also was a very positive experience. I have got mroe than what I expected from this course. 5/5 from Me.
By Mohd. F M•
An immensely informative 4 - 5-week crash course into the world of Financial Markets and Instruments. Kudos to Professor Arzu for keeping it engaging, providing real-world examples and for the overall course design. This course has some algebra thrown in (one has solve for 'x' multiple times) and gets the participant to really work on solving questions in the practice quizzes and graded assessments. If you are new to the world of Financial Markets and investing and want to dive in - this is your start!
By Daniel A•
Very good overview with basic quantitative methods and analysis. Good for beginners. Although many of the methods are calculated automatically in brokers like Schwab, they are still useful in brushing up quantitative skills. The theory and more humanities oriented side of the course is also informative. I did retail forex trading and was familiar with many terms, but I was also introduced to new processes that I was unaware of. Overall the course was very good and worth a look.
By Kumar A•
Truly amazing... comprehensive and exhaustive study material with unparalleled teaching expertise of Prof. Arzu. I am really thankful to the creators of this course and to the Rice university as well for bringing quality education at our door steps. At last I would say this is really helpful for those looking to make a career in Investment banking because for me I'll be pursuing CFA by feb of 2018 thus this course will go a long way.
By Unal K•
Impressive Professor Arzu Ozoguz (*****), one of the best I have seen in the online courses that I have taken. She is engaging, knowledgable, clear communicator with impressive use of visuals . The course is also very well structured and gives a great grounding to start understanding the ever complicated world of finance. Looking forward to next lectures from Rice University and Professor Arzu Ozoguz
By John P C•
I appreciate Dr. O for her enthusiasm and for being bubbly in her instructions. Her insights and teaching style makes a difficult course like this ( in terms of heaviness of concepts ) feel so bearable. Her warmth and passion in her teaching can really be felt even on this video. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I now feel more confident compare to myself before undergoing this course.
By Marco A M M•
Despite being focused on US and EUROPE markets what, particulary, made the compreension of the course a bit harder considering i'm from latin america, Brazil; the course allowed me to have a great approach on global markets and financial instruments from the rest of the world. Knowing this kind of stuff allows me to agregate value to my clients negotiations in terms of insurance risk.
By Sushant D•
Great course which covers the Basics of all the Financial Instruments and also with practical examples. Displays the roles of Market Players in the Financial Market with new trends in Securities Trading and also good to understand the Trading and Investment mechanism with emphasis on Margin Transactions. Overall a great course to get knowledge and certification.
By Andrea B•
Very nice introduction, I advice the new student to make some extra research to understand better the topic. And I advice the admin of the course to take out the quiz in the middle of the video, for me where difficult to follow the lesson with them. As an overall I would advice it, because make me understand better the financial market.
By Aditya G•
Very well conducted course that helped me answer a lot of my own questions. Like why do bond prices fall when yield increases. Or what do they mean by having a long call position.
Would recommend this course to anyone seriously interested in understanding how the components of a modern portfolio works. Thank you! for this course.
By Ryan B•
I have no background in this subject but am highly motivated to learn. Dr. O was super informative and provided links to additional resources on complicated/controversial material. I have learned a lot, and I am very thankful! If you are interested in learning this subject, I strongly recmomend this course
By Susan H•
It's a useful introductory course to financial markets. The many examples, supplementary reading materials and forum discussions are very helpful to understand the topics at a deeper or more extensive level. Thank you Dr. O and the teaching staff who help to answer the many questions in the forum:)
By Подлипалин Р Ю•
This is my third investment oriented course. And the best of all the courses I've taken. The Professor explained all I need to immediate action on the market. No other sources needed. I thank Dr.Arzu Ozoguz for her excellent course and do recommend it to all interested in the subject of investing!
By Kristofer P•
Great overview of financial markets and tools. There is some basic investment math in the first part of the class that can become tedious but is good to at least see in action. The more complex investment topics are only defined and summarized, which was exactly what I was looking for.
By Tariq k•
I have already achieved an accomplishment through Coursera, and after being enrolled in this course i have switched to new sessions for a nunber of times. Coursera provides flexible and diverging means of obtaining certificates from highly recognised institutes, internationally.
By SANDEEP G•
This course is my first course on Coursera and I must say that the content is very quality based and insightful. It is better than any other platform course. I would like to thank the faculty to explain financial market in a very practical way.
By JOSE M Q V•
Un muy buen curso, cubre aspectos basicos sobre el mundo de las finanzas y las inversiones. Pero es un inicio muy recomendado para cualquier persona interesada en estos temas y que no tenga una educacion formal directa en la materia.
By Fannie G B•
Completely practical and objective, this course provides the mathematical basis for obtaining the data necessary to implement a financial plan or strategy. Understanding the numbers, nothing is clearer and more convincing.
By Prasham A•
It was a very knowledgeable experience with this course and I'd like to recommend to everyone out there who want to learn about investment instruments. This was a basic and beginners knowledge to investment and financing. Cheers!
By Gustavo A L•
Great course, very well prepared by Dr. O. A lot of fundamentals and deeper concepts cearly explained. It was always interesting to watch the lecture videos with Dr. O. REally happy to have joined and finished it.
By Kriti S•
Very lucid explanation for a beginner. Despite a lot of reading earlier, I wasn't able to understand how a few formulas were arrived at. The Professor has made it exceptionally easy to understand the same.
By Zhuravleva E•
Arzu Ozoguz is an exellent teacher - so nice and calm, I liked her explanations very much! There were some problems with quizzies but with solutiom=ns it becomes clear.
Thank you for the opportunity!