Stock investment classes are sometimes offered individually through a school's continuing education department; however, they're more often taken as part of a full finance-related degree program. Stock investors usually need a bachelor's degree, though they may need a master's degree for higher-level positions. Common bachelor's-level majors include finance and financial management, and an investments concentration may be available. Degree programs specifically focusing on investments are most often available at the master's degree level.
Some schools offer finance-related degree programs entirely online. Students taking investment classes may get the opportunity to manage an investment fund as part of coursework requirements. They may also do an internship in the finance industry.
Here are some common concepts in stock investment classes:
- Risk profiles
- Investment portfolios
- Understanding profit and loss
- Mutual funds
- Money simulations
List of Courses
In this course, students learn about the different types of stocks and the various levels of risk. Often, students complete a group project, where they create a mutual fund investment portfolio, describe to the class why they invested in different companies and monitor the portfolio's immediate progress. Other topics include debt investments, derivatives, portfolio management and financial assets. Typically, this class is completed at the beginning of a degree program.
Through this course, which is usually taken in the first few years of a degree program, students evaluate business investments. Usually, they complete the analysis from the perspective of the investor, so the goal is profit. This course deals with preparing financial statements to make sure businesses are generating profits. Students analyze which months a business or company is doing the best and investigate ways to build the business up in slow months.
Students taking this course are granted a set amount of money, which they must manage and use to create a large-cap growth portfolio. They need to track the ups and downs of the money to become familiar with the real-world problems facing stock investment managers. They study styles for investing money, capital markets and trading. Students also learn how to evaluate the performance of investment portfolios, as well as how to manage stock investments on behalf of corporations, small businesses and individuals.
Through this course, which is usually taken midway through a bachelor's or master's degree program, students examine many different investment theories. They gain experience assessing the value of investments and managing corporate finances. They discuss all aspects of financial investments, including budgeting, managing portfolios and risk management. Often, the course covers ways to calculate the value of financial investments.
Students evaluate the risk of making certain investments. They create equity risk models, analyze the credit risk and determine which portion of finances or invested stock is at risk. Through this course, students compare interest rates, exchange rates and equity to determine the best investments and when to take risks. Through investing, they learn how to create value for a product and how to manage risks associated with each problem. Students make investments with imaginary money, attend lectures, complete exercises and read case studies. This course is usually completed towards the end of a bachelor's degree program.