Personal Finance: A Simple Approach to Mastering Money Choices

Stanford Continuing Studies

Stanford Continuing Studies

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About the course

Managing your personal finances is an important part of living a happy life. But it’s rarely taught in school, often clouded in hype, and commonly obfuscated by financial professionals. In this course, we will actualize the potential of personal finance with a clear approach that any motivated person can adopt. We will do this in three steps. First, we will learn the concepts that underlie good economic decisions: odds, risk, growth, needs, utility, incentives, bias, and dependence. Together, these concepts lay a foundation for making more thoughtful and well-reasoned money choices. Second, we will apply these concepts to view with clarity the different aspects of personal finance: working, spending, borrowing, saving, investing, and insuring. Third, we will learn how to best make use of different financial products, including annuities, bonds, CDs, ETFs, IRAs, loans, mutual funds, real estate, and stocks. We will also assess the role that intermediaries like financial planners, accountants, and robo-advisors should—or should not—play in our lives. This course focuses on simple solutions that work. We won't dwell on formulas, Wall Street jargon, and untested investments, nor endorse an all-consuming regimen that is hard to adopt. Instead, we will use plain language, timely cases, and time-proven concepts to help students develop the confidence to make good economic decisions over a lifetime.

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Course sizes are limited.

You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 65 participants.

Frequent interaction with the instructor.

You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

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Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

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Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

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Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

Experts

Kenneth Jeffrey Marshall

Education MBA, Harvard University BA, Economics / International Area Studies, UCLA Positions Held At Haas since 2016 1995 – present, Chairman, Judicial Capital Current Research and Interests - Value Investing Selected Papers and Publications - Good Stocks Cheap: Value Investing with Confiden...

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