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Learn about investing with online courses and programs

Investments are made in the hope they will generate returns over time. These may be in stocks, bonds, real estate, or another asset that can increase in value. Learn about different types of investing with courses delivered through edX.

What is investing?

Investing involves the allocation of money or resources toward an asset with the expectation of turning a profit. You may think of the stock market when you think of investments, but there are many other methods of investing. These can include:

  • Investing in a business: These are private or public entities that have the potential to generate income when successful, and may pay dividends to investors.

  • Investing in real estate: These are properties purchased with the intent of selling once the value of the land, structure, or other assets have increased.

  • Investing in stocks: These are shares of a company that are granted to members of the public, who in turn can make or lose money based on company success.

  • Investing in commodities: These include metals, oil, grain, animal products, and currencies, whose investments may be accessed via futures or exchange-traded funds.

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Investing course curriculum

Build your knowledge of investment practices with online courses delivered through edX. Learners who are new to financial topics may find it helpful to start with an introductory course for beginners, which can cover:

  • Risk and return

  • Market efficiency and valuation

  • Financial analysis tools

  • Practical aspects of investing

Individuals who want to explore the intersection of finance and technology can enroll in a fintech boot camp for hands-on learning opportunities. You can also enroll in courses geared toward a particular type of investment, such as:

  • Integrated landscape investments and the sources of capital that can be used to make them.

  • Advanced derivatives pricing approaches for valuing new products.

  • Sustainable investment bonds, funds, and other vehicles in emerging markets.

  • Active and passive fixed income portfolio management.

Beyond the ability to make smart investments, gaining proficiency in these topics can enhance your critical thinking, analytical, and risk management abilities.

Explore investing jobs

By learning how investing works, you can improve your personal financial potential while opening doors to new career opportunities. Investment skills can be valuable in a variety of financial roles, including:

  • Financial analyst: Evaluates financial trends and makes recommendations for investment decisions. They may be required to understand global markets in order to meet investor needs.Footnote 1

  • Wealth manager: Works with individuals and organizations to assist in their financial planning and investment strategies. They may assist with retirement plans, risk management, and asset protection, among other activities.Footnote 2

  • Investment banker: Raises money for clients by selling bonds to investors. Their strength lies in their ability to structure bonds and their access to qualified investors.Footnote 3

  • Real estate broker: Uses their knowledge of the real estate market to aid clients in the selling or purchase of properties. They may specialize in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, or some combination of the different real estate types.Footnote 4

Depending on your level of education and experience, you may find that a bachelor’s degree program is the right fit for your goals. Some roles may require more advanced credentials, such as a master’s degree. Professionals seeking career-specific coursework can also choose from a variety of executive education programs offered by edX. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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