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Financial Markets and Systems - Alumni


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Full course description




2.5 Hours 





This course is available to ASU Alumni at a discount.

What you'll learn:

In many ways money drives almost all of our endeavors. Consider why you want to take this course. You want to obtain knowledge in order to get a better job, to obtain a certificate or other credential, or to be more informed in your daily life so that you can support yourself and provide for those you love.

In this course you’ll see that anything to with money is connected to financial systems and markets. Even if you are interested in charitable endeavors to improve the human condition, such efforts to support a cause will require money—even indirectly. Understanding how money functions—the different forms it takes and where it goes—is the first step in being able to comprehend our financial system.

Note: This course is not facilitated by an instructor, therefore no one is monitoring activity in the course. If you have a question or need help as you progress, please refer to the help section within the course.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out what the three functions anything we call money needs to serve
  2. Two different ways to measure the money supply
  3. Identify factors that impact demand
  4. How banks act as intermediaries in the financial system
  5. Tools the Federal Reserve uses to stabilize the banking system and the economy
  6. Different funding mechanisms available to business to raise capital in order to grow

Who this course is designed for:

Anyone in business or any field who is looking for a basic understanding of how financial markets and systems work.

What you'll receive:

A Certificate of Completion

Meet the instructor

Dave Wells, PhD

Dave Wells, Sr. Lecturer, holds a doctorate in Political Economy and Public Policy and is one of the foremost public policy experts on Arizona state budget policies areas. He’s done economic impact analyses of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act, estimated the impact of Prop. 206 that raised the Arizona’s minimum wage in 2016, demonstrated how improved investments in K-12 spending can improve the state’s economic growth, and provided key research that has helped lead to movements to improve transparency and accountability in Arizona’s charter school sector. He has made numerous appearance on local media related to these issues.