Stocks and Short Selling Revised Course - an Introduction

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Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling - Revised

Learn more about stocks and shares, how they are valued, and how short selling of stocks works, with this free course.

Finances and Banking
Free Course
This free online course will teach you the basics of stocks and short selling. Companies often issue stocks to raise money and grow. When you purchase a company's stock, you are purchasing a small piece of that company. Normally, you buy stocks in the hopes that they will increase in worth - but how can you profit if the stocks you bought decline in price? The answer is shorting. This course will teach you all about how shorting works.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Certification

  • Mobile Friendly

  • Publisher

    Khan Academy
  • Accreditation






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Stocks are also known as shares or equity and are a type of security that signifies proportionate ownership in the issuing corporation. This entitles the stockholder to that proportion of the corporation's assets and earnings. This course will discuss how you essentially become a partial or part owner of a company when you buy stock or shares from that company. You will also learn what makes them different to bonds, which do not make you part-owner of the company involved.

Shorting stock involves the sale of stock that a seller does not own, or shares that the seller has taken on loan from a broker. This course will discuss why short sellers take on these transactions. You will learn that they act on mere speculations that a stock's price is headed downward and that if they sell the stock, they'll be able to buy it back at a lower price at some point in the future. You will also learn the importance of selling high and buying low.

The stock market plays an important role in many countries economies, both from the point of view of nations' industries, investors, and governments. This means that people who have a strong understanding of the stock market are in high demand around the world. If you are interested in getting to know more about this incredible industry, check out this course today and start learning something that can make a real difference to your bank account!

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define what stocks and shares are
  • Examine how to work out how they are valued
  • Identify how shorting works when buying and selling stocks and shares
  • Define the key concepts associated with the buying and selling of stocks and shares


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