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Free Online Course on Introduction to Investments

Free Online Course on Introduction to Investments

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is offering a free online course on Introduction to Investments. The course is suitable for students seeking eventual employment with a brokerage company, Investment Company, or financial services company with responsibilities in evaluating and selecting equity securities for investment portfolios.

In this 5 week’s course, applicants will learn about equity markets and security valuation. Pursue a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours pw
Subject: Business and Management
Institution: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $50 (Rs. 3,679)
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

Established in 1973, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is one of the top management schools in India. We build leaders through holistic, transformative, and innovative education.

We are known for excellence in both teaching and research, and our alumni are leaders in business, government, and civil society across the globe. We collaborate with over a hundred leading management schools in several countries on research initiatives and student and faculty exchange programs. The Financial Times has rated our doctoral program in the top fifty globally. Eduniversal, Paris, has ranked as the best business school in Central Asia.

About This Course

When you complete this course, students will become familiar with the general structure of primary and secondary equity markets from a domestic and international perspective. Beginning with introductory finance notions of risk and return, we examine qualitative concepts such as market efficiency and valuation.

Why Take This Course?

Students will also learn how professional financial analysts should evaluate companies.

Learning Outcomes

  • To advance the understanding of fundamental concepts of financial markets and market participants.
  • To explain the structure of global markets in which equities trade.
  • To evaluate the economic and industry environment in which companies operate.
  • To develop and employ tools of financial analysis for examining company fundamentals.
  • To understand techniques for valuing equity securities.
  • To link theories of valuation to practical aspects of investing.


S.G. Badrinath: Professor Badrinath is currently the Chairperson of the Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management at IIM Bangalore. He is on leave from San Diego State where he teaches in the Investments and Risk Management areas. His PhD is in Finance from the Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University.


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How To Join This Course

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