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Free Finance Classes–Online (from Stanford)

When it comes to money talk, I often feel out of my league.  Sure, I understand getting out of debt, the basics of savings, and the concepts behind retirement planning.  Beyond that, I’m lost.

Suze (we’re on a first name basis in my mind) has taught me to empower myself rather than shrink away from money.  In order to do that, I need to get educated.  Many friends have recommended taking finance classes at the community college.  I’d love to (although I think I’d have to start in remedial math)–just as soon as I can fit it in between mothering, wife-ing, work, laundry, and the rest of my to-do list.

Unless…I take classes online.  Thanks to this article from NY Times writer, Tara Siegel Bernard, a whole world of financial wonder has opened to me.  I had to help spread the word.  Not only is Stanford University–THE Stanford University– offering free online courses, but there are also wonderful YouTube videos on the subject.

stanfordThe finance course offered by Stanford professor, Joshua Rauh, had already begun by the time I discovered the article.  That’s OK, because the course description indicated it would have been too advanced for me at this time.  That’s OK.  It is something to work towards.  Check out all the classes they offer and see if there is something that might interest you, broaden your horizons, or provide a credential.

Now, more than ever, you have the ability to educate yourself on any topic you choose.  The education is quality, reputable, and on your own time line.  No one is looking over your shoulder.  No one is listening in.  If you have to use a dictionary to look up terms, or a giant calculator, go right ahead!

Grab the reins and invest in yourself.  Stanford Online information can be found here.  You can find YouTube videos on finance and investments here.  (The Fundamentals of the Stock Market is a good one–and not difficult).  Stanford Business has many videos on a variety of fundamentals that can help you in your business and personal life.

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