Free Online Course on Financial Market Analysis

International Monetary Fund (IMF) is offering free online course on Financial Market Analysis. FMAx course is designed to provide a common language in finance, thus allowing you to interpret and analyze financial data.

In this course, applicants will learn the fundamentals of finance that are essential for both investors and policymakers. The course will start on January 25, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 8-10 hours pw
Subject: Economics & Finance
Institution: International Monetary Fund (IMF) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $25
Session: Course Starts on January 25, 2017

Providers’ Details

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, and promote high employment and sustainable economic growth. The IMF supports its membership by providing: policy advice to governments and central banks; research, statistics, forecasts, and analysis; loans to help countries overcome economic difficulties; and technical assistance and training to officials to help countries improve the management of their economies.

About This Course

In this IMFx course you will learn, from hands-on demonstrations, how to price different types of bonds, how to calculate different measures of bond yields and how to compare them across different types of instruments. You will become familiar with the term structure of interest rates, a key ingredient in establishing benchmark rates used to price securities in the markets and a valuable tool for monetary policy design and diagnosis.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify different types of basic fixed–income securities and the markets in which they are traded.
  • How to price a variety of financial assets: money market instruments, bonds, and equities.
  • How to measure and compare different yield measures for financial assets.
  • Relate differences in the valuation of single equities or markets with economic fundamentals.
  • How to construct an optimal portfolio of risky assets using historical return data, and assess likely changes in its composition as a result of changes in macroeconomic conditions.
  • How to assess the market risk of an investment by calculating its Value at Risk (VaR), Stressed VaR, and Expected Shortfall.


Adolfo Barajas

Adolfo Barajas is a Senior Economist at the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development.

Seung Mo Choi

Seung Mo Choi is currently an Economist at the European Department of the IMF.

Fabio Comelli

Fabio Comelli is a Senior Economist with the Institute for Capacity Development.

Alex Ho

He is currently an Economist at the African Department of the IMF.

Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson is a Senior Economist in the Institute for Capacity Development at the IMF since 2011.

Evan Tanner

Evan Tanner is a Senior Economist in the Asian Division of the IMF Institute for Capacity Development (ICD)—the Fund’s training and capacity-building arm.


Some basic knowledge of economics and macroeconomics in particular is recommended.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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