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About the Course

In this course, you will learn what the main financial markets and their characteristics are as well as how they are linked to the economy. Our very diversified team of experts will start by teaching you how the price of stocks and bonds are computed and why they move while you will become increasingly aware of the notion of risk and why it matters when measuring an investment's performance. The focus will then move to less popular markets such as gold, emerging markets, real estate, hedge funds and private markets. These will be analyzed with an emphasis on their particular risks and return opportunities as well as how they can help in building efficient portfolios. Finally, the policies of central banks and their impact on financial markets will be presented to you along with the link between the economy and the price of financial assets. All along these different steps, experts from UBS, our corporate partner, will show you how the concepts you just acquired are effectively applied in a leading global bank. This focus on practicality means you will not only understand what is going on in global financial markets but also start to figure out how you can use them to achieve financial goals, be it a client's or your own. Course Director and main teaching contributor: Dr. Michel Girardin, Lecturer in Macro-Finance, University of Geneva...

Top reviews

Jul 16, 2017

Mr. Michel is really an amazing teacher! His lectures are vivic and greatly attracts my attention. I hope to take more of his classes because I've Learned more than I nomally can do in a short class

Oct 5, 2020

Thank you! Coursera for providing me the platform for boosting my knowledge in Financial Markets, as i have learned various financial parts in this subject and this will help me in my carrier too.

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Jun 8, 2020

The course was really helpful in understanding concepts of market especially the hedge funds.

By Aryaman S

May 20, 2020

Great Course, especially from a macroeconomics perspective. Thank you, Michel and the staff!

By Lionel H

Aug 1, 2019

Great introduction to asset classes, their strengths and weaknesses and what influences them

By Carlos A J M L

Feb 29, 2020

Excellent introduction to financial markets. Great lectures with very knowleagable experts.

By Venkatesh N

Feb 20, 2016

Great lectures,

Great Lecturers,

Great Guest Talks,

Great way to start with the ABC of markets

By Henri V

Aug 13, 2020

Very good why of explaining. Not to technical but good way to understand the big picture.

By S S S

Jul 11, 2020

It's a good course for beginners, and the teaching methods are one of the best I've seen.

By Ashim C

Jul 3, 2020

wonderful teaching style by experienced professors and experts from financial profession.

By Adi A

Feb 16, 2019

The content of the course is constructed with much details and the plataform is so great!

By Stefania K

Aug 23, 2020

Very satisfied on the whole with content, presentation, structure and time distribution.

By Raju N

Jun 23, 2020

This is very useful course in financial markets. The team efforts are highly appreciate.

By Orlando M

Jun 13, 2016

Very well structured and the professor are very goo at explaining each and every concept

By Alejandro I

May 9, 2016

Amazing course and the information & knowledge about Financial Markets is really great!!

By Todd F

Feb 15, 2021

Very nice understanding of financial markets for beginners. It is challenging as well.

By Roberto P

Dec 2, 2020

Very good course, maybe not suited for beginners. Professor Michel Girardin is stunning

By sebastian a

Oct 4, 2020

excellent, the concepts are explained in an extremely valuable way for use in practice.

By Harshad F

Aug 28, 2020

Nice course. Professor Girardian explains difficult concepts in a very simple manner...

By Kanishk k

Dec 9, 2019

Very informative and the concepts are very well explained, which are easy to understand

By Shanmugavel S

Aug 15, 2018

Awesome! It was a Great way to learn about Financial markets. Michel Girardin is Great!

By Matias C

Jun 2, 2017

Excellent. Learned a lot. Appreciate all the time and the good advice from professors.


May 7, 2017

Modules on portfoloio construction and risk management are the best anywhere! Keep up!


Jul 19, 2020

A very insightful course in understanding the financial markets! Very well explained!

By anindita B

May 2, 2020

great course. I have learned so many things. Thank you coursera for all your support.

By Ong Y H

Mar 22, 2020

Know more about financial market and how it operates especially with equity and bonds

By Andreas Z

Jul 21, 2019

Excellent course strongly for anyone trying to understand a bit more about investing.