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Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling

Finances and Banking
Free Course
Learn more about short selling of stocks and how shorting works.
  • Duration

    1-2 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Publisher

    Khan Academy




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Everyone knows that when you identify stocks that you believe are going to increase in price you buy them. But how can you profit from stocks that you believe will decline in price? The answer is shorting. Shorting enables you to sell stock that you do not own and buy it back at a later time, ideally at a lower price.

In this course you will learn more about stocks and shares and how they are valued. You will then learn about the process of short selling, how to borrow stocks that you do not own, what obligations you have to original owner of the stocks, and how to cover your short where you return the stocks after buying them back, hopefully, for less than the cost when you sold them. This course will be of interest to professionals in the financial services sector and anyone who wishes to understand stocks and what the process of short selling involves.

Please note that while this free course will teach you about making investments in stocks in general, it does not advocate that you should buy stocks or invest in the stock market, and that any investment made in the stock market may lose money.

Learning outcomes: - Understanding what stocks and shares are; - Examine how to work out how they are valued; - Learn how shorting works when buying and selling stocks and shares; - Overall concept of Stocks and Shares.

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Course Reviews

Michael I.
one year ago
Michael I.

The course is very insightful and discerning for us beginners who want to learn about the stock market basics. Gives the basic instruction and definitions of stocks market, liabilities, market recap, and short selling etc.

Patricia B.
one year ago
Patricia B.

Educational and fun!!

one year ago

Giving good awareness on short selling of stocks

Odell W.
one year ago
Odell W.

well worth the time, "Awesome!"

Petra B.
one year ago
Petra B.

Very useful for introduction to trading!

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