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Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling


Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling
Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling

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Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling Course
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Course Description

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 free online 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.

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Learning Outcomes

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 Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 65 reviews
Course Title: Introduction to Stocks and Short Selling
Course #: 456
Course Publisher: Khan Academy
Course Category: 2
Content Origin:
Course Description: 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 free online 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.
License: This course is available from Khan Academy OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 20 July 2012
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Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Post-Secondary
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Phetchara Laiamnuay
    Phetchara Laiamnuay Thailand Helpful and easy to understand. 2015-07-24 12:07:50
  • Allen Dave Ballesteros
    Allen Dave Ballesteros Philippines The course was great and I have learned a lot. I love the illustrations they are completely helpful, and the presenter very good in presenting the topic and ideas. I think this is better than the actual live classroom setting. 2015-07-22 13:07:26
  • Vanessa Bugeja
    Vanessa Bugeja Malta Very informative 2015-07-20 17:07:03
  • Mads Back Larsen
    Mads Back Larsen Denmark Easy to understand, really comprehensive learning, shows good examples etc. 2015-07-15 11:07:59
  • Andrea Phoebe Felarca-Cunanan
    Andrea Phoebe Felarca-Cunanan Philippines Good! 2015-07-06 10:07:06
  • Sarah Cooper
    Sarah Cooper United Kingdom Very interesting and a good insight into the world of stocks & shares 2015-07-03 10:07:07
  • Jessie Kingsbury
    Jessie Kingsbury United States of America Great intro course to short selling! 2015-06-29 19:06:00
  • abhilash katla
    abhilash katla India A very good course on stocks especially short sale. 2015-06-24 07:06:32
  • Raj Sharma
    Raj Sharma Japan It was such a nice tutorial. I am very interested to know more about stocks and markets. 2015-06-21 09:06:01
  • Vincent Rochette
    Vincent Rochette Canada Very simple to understand and worth the hour 2015-06-09 23:06:26
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