If you are interested in furthering your investment knowledge, AAII is here with numerous tools and education to do that. But there are other websites which also occasionally offer tools that can be very useful for individual investors. One such website is a free education website called Coursera (www.coursera.org) which says it is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. They envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education.

Classes offered vary wildly in quality, popularity and depth but one course that comes highly recommended is Professor Tucker Balch’s Computational Investing Part I.

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The course examines mathematics and statistics that underlie equity price changes, and the relationships between different groups of equities. It also reviews the most important economic theories of investing and how to create programs that take advantage of them. Finally, the course looks at the data needed to do this and how to manipulate it effectively.

Professor Balch is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is the professor for the course.

If you are an individual investor looking to bulk up your investment knowledge beyond the basic and have a little bit of programming knowledge in any language (and possibly even if you have none), then this course may be for you.  At the price of zero, what have you got to lose?

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Hareesh Jayanthi
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Hareesh N Jayanthi is Assistant Financial Analyst at AAII and is part of the staff of Computerized Investing, the premier publication covering the use of personal computers for financial planning, investment analysis and portfolio management. As a financial columnist for AAII, Hareesh writes a variety of commentaries ranging from reviews of products to analysis of model portfolios and stock screens. He also supports Stock Investor Pro, AAII’s computerized fundamental data and screening program and serves on the Stock Superstars Report and Dividend Investing advisory committees. Hareesh has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Science degree in Finance from Golden Gate University. He spent more than 10 years working in New York with banks such as UBS AG and Deutsche Bank. He joined AAII early in the summer of 2014. On most days outside of work, you can find Hareesh training for his triathlons.

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