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Learn about stocks

Whether you’re a casual investor or you aspire to work in finance, understanding the stock market can improve your financial outlook. Learn about the factors that can lead to changes in a stock price with online courses delivered through edX.

What are stocks?

Stocks, also referred to as equities, are investments that give holders a share of ownership of a publicly traded company. Companies issue stocks to raise money in order to operate their businesses and fund new initiatives. Investors can buy these shares directly or they may obtain them through retirement funds, mutual funds, employee stock options, and other financial tools and services. 

Understanding the ins and outs of the stock market doesn’t just make smart financial sense; it can also propel a professional to a career in the financial industry. Stock brokers, investor relations professionals, and market analysts all use their knowledge of market trends in order to generate returns for their clients.

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Stock trading courses and curriculum

Stock market courses may cover a variety of topics including brokerage accounts, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), methods for buying and trading stocks, and a multitude of investment strategies. Learn about how different markets — including the Dow Jones and NASDAQ — work, and what the different types of stocks have to offer investors. From mastering the basics of stock trading to learning how to evaluate stocks based on Wall Street predictions, there are a variety of courses available to help you build your knowledge base of the stock market.

Careers in the stock market

Regardless of whether you’re investing for yourself or your clients, having a solid foundation in the stock market can help you make smart financial decisions. And, with many organizations now hiring remotely, you no longer have to live in a finance hub to work in the stock market. Build your knowledge around investing, trading, and analyzing stocks to ensure your personal and professional financial stability.