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# Intro to finance?

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13 Dec 2008, 16:39
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I figured that since was the Financial Markets forum, I'd post this question here first...

I never took any formal finance courses in college. Before starting school, I'd like to either read up some "Intro to Finance" type texts or do an online course. That way I won't be completely clueless on the first day (even if I don't get in this year, I'll prolly do somehting like this anyway...)

Do y'all have any suggestions for books/courses/websites I should use?

thanks!
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Check out www.investopedia.com for a good introduction.

If you want to dig in deeper, check out Aswath Damodaran's website. He is a finance professor at NYU Stern and widely renowned as one of the best finance profs in the country:

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13 Dec 2008, 20:42
Thanks agold! Investopedia seems to have some really handy tutorials, I'll try those out

Any others I should look at?

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www.mbamath.com is used for a lot of the pre-MBA stats and accounting tutorials. For example, I know Tuck uses this website to guide their pre-MBA stats and accounting courses.
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13 Dec 2008, 21:08
agold wrote:
http://www.mbamath.com is used for a lot of the pre-MBA stats and accounting tutorials. For example, I know Tuck uses this website to guide their pre-MBA stats and accounting courses.

sweet! Accounting is also on my list of things to review before starting
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13 Dec 2008, 21:19
Anytime - you're welcome
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14 Dec 2008, 13:58
You don't really need to bother, ac8706. The first several weeks of the Finance and Accounting core classes you wil take in your first semester at virtually every school will cover undergraduate level stuff.

Damodaran I believe has videos of his class lectures on his website (or so I've heard).

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14 Dec 2008, 14:07
solaris1 wrote:
You don't really need to bother, ac8706. The first several weeks of the Finance and Accounting core classes you wil take in your first semester at virtually every school will cover undergraduate level stuff.

Damodaran I believe has videos of his class lectures on his website (or so I've heard).

So when I say I never took a finance class, I also mean that I know next to nothing about the subject beyond what I read in the news.
And I know I don't have to do the pre-work but I'd rather walk into class with some of that basic knowledge. One less thing to worry about

Found the Damodaran class lectures: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/

Thanks!!

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16 Dec 2008, 15:00
I would advise against Damodaran's class being an introduction to Finance - it is a reasonable Foundation in Corporate Finance (which is somewhat different and more a second tier course). Very good, but not necessarily appropriate.
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17 Dec 2008, 10:26
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I would advise against Damodaran's class being an introduction to Finance - it is a reasonable Foundation in Corporate Finance (which is somewhat different and more a second tier course). Very good, but not necessarily appropriate.

I thought his strong suit is in valuation? I have been referring to his books on weekly basis.

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18 Dec 2008, 09:54
Valuation and Corporate Finance are to ends of the same dog. He does classes on both. Corp Fin is the intermediate course, Valuation is the one where he works everyone like a dog.
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24 Dec 2008, 06:01
I had the good fortune of attending Damodarans valuation class during my visit last year. In one word - he is INCREDIBLE !! If you can find class videos - get them.

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Valuation and Corporate Finance are to ends of the same dog. He does classes on both. Corp Fin is the intermediate course, Valuation is the one where he works everyone like a dog.

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09 Jul 2009, 14:12
I'm trying to get a grip of basic finance and investments .. and ordered the book 'Investments, by Bodie. Kane and Marcus' - Not sure how big of a help it is for introductory finance. I believe it is a recommended pre-requisite text book for CFA and the CAIA certifications.
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21 Oct 2011, 07:18
Hi dear,
I am Isaac. I am doing MBA in Finance from USA.
Finance is the my professional field, I want to achieve great improvement in this field.

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24 Oct 2011, 01:29
http://www.investopedia.com is a great site to learn not only basic finance terminology but also various other business concept like inventory management. I learned the concept of different Inventory Management stuff like Weighted Average, fifo, lifo method of inventory valuation on this site. Financial terms are explained very well too.
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02 Aug 2012, 08:51
sweet I'm going to joining finance market, The forum is useful for me. Thank.
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