The Open University is offering this open online course, ‘Managing My Investments' to showcase just a small fraction of the great offerings at the University. This beginner's course is intended for those with an interest in developing their personal financial skills to make good decisions when managing their investments and buying investment products.
The overall objective of this course is to provide the skills to manage your investments. The course will start from January 4, 2015.
Course At A Glance
Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Managing Investments
Institution: Open University and FutureLearn
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on January 4, 2015
Present course is offered by Open University. This course is presented on FutureLearn with the kind support of True Potential LLP. The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin) is a pioneering Centre of Excellence for research in the development of personal financial capabilities, based at The Open University Business School. The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. The Open University is rated one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. The Open University in the top third of UK higher education institutions by ‘research power' ranking.
FutureLearn offers diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
About This Course
Research shows that UK households are poor at investment management with a limited understanding of investment choices, risks and returns. The resultant ‘savings gap' threatens a scenario where many cannot afford to retire.
Elsewhere households fail to plan properly, to make their investment choices fit with their risk appetites and the time horizons for access to their funds . Managing My Investments aims to give you the tools to avoid these personal finance nightmares.
Throughout, the course will provide recent and current case studies on investment issues, to demonstrate how the ideas and issues explored in the course are reflected in the arena of personal investments.
The course is up-to-date and covers the current reforms to UK pensions due to be rolled out in 2015 – changes that will radically alter the way many people will use their pension savings as they move into retirement.
Why Take This Course?
This is a free online course. Applicants can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalized certificate in both digital and printed formats — to show that you've taken part.
The course is a timely aid to those either planning for their pension or just simply looking at alternative investments for the short-, medium- and long-term.
On this free online course, applicants will learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance. You'll explore investment strategies, as well as the practicalities about involvement in personal finance markets. And you'll look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.
– Martin Upton
Director of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) at the OU Business School.
This course is intended for those with an interest in developing their personal financial skills to make good decisions when managing their investments and buying investment products. The course does not require any previous experience of this subject.