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Introduction to the U.S. stock market

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The Basics

Estimated time to complete:   16 hours.

Course description:   This is an introductory class on the U.S. stock market. We don't assume that you have any prior knowledge of how the stock market works. This class is an online class that involves a lot of reading of concepts and studying data. We go into detail, so that you will have an in-depth understanding of the market by the time you are done. We discuss individual stocks and also the basics of how investment funds work. To receive your completion certificate, you must take an online test and receive a passing grade of at least 75%.

Prerequisites:   No prerequisites. This is an introductory class.

Recommended Way To Take The Class:    It is an online class, which gives you the flexibility to take the class however you can, whenever you can. Our suggestion is to try to find solid blocks of time of at least two or three hours where you can focus on the class. Better yet, set aside an entire day to taking the class, so that you really focus, and "dig in".

To Complete The Course:   As you complete each step of the course, we ask that you mark that step as "complete" in our database. You are done with the course when you have marked all steps as complete. You can print our completion certificate for the course when you have marked all steps as complete. We ask that you try to pass our online test with a passing grade of 75%, but we do not require that.

Price:   $50.00

Course Outline

You complete the class by completing 70 steps, organized into sections. It should take you about 11 hours.

Section 1, Introduction to the U.S. stock market
This section starts with an overview of the U.S. stock market. This section primarily focuses on the heart of the U.S. stock market, which is U.S. common stocks.
Section 2, Stock market indexes
This section includes detailed overviews and analysis of some of the most popular stock market indexes, including the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 1000 Index, the S&P Smallcap 600 Index and the VIX Volatility Index.
Section 3, Global stocks that trade on U.S. exchanges
The U.S. stock market is the largest stock market in the world. As a result, quite a few companies that are not U.S. companies elect to have their stock traded on a U.S. stock exchange. This section describes the various ways that foreign companies are traded on U.S. stock exchanges, including ADRs and cross-listing of shares.
Section 4, Other security types
This section introduces you to some of the other types of securities that are traded on U.S. stock exchanges, besides common stocks, including MLPs, preferred stocks, exchange traded debt and warrants.
Section 5, Investment funds
This section introduces you to the various types of investment funds in the U.S. We want you to understand the key differences between the various fund types, including mutual funds, unit investment trusts, closed-end funds, and ETFs.
Section 6, Stats and Technical Indicators
This section covers technical indicators and statistics used to analyze stocks and investment funds.
Section 7, Researching securities
This section covers the tools on our website that allow you to research and understand securities. We want you to gain some practical experience researching securities.
Section 8, Wrapping Up
Final steps - you are almost done. We ask that you take our online test and answer at least 70% of the questions correctly.

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