12 free courses that will teach you to understand finance

1. ABC of finance

  • Volume: 6 modules.
  • Venue: Lectorium.
  • Organizer: Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics.

If you think that the budget, financial plan and investments are the lot of economists, then you are mistaken. Any modern person should skillfully invest money and analyze the economic situation. Candidate of Economic Sciences Valeria Tsibulnikova will teach you this. The focus is on personal finance.

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2. ABC of the investor

  • Volume: 5 modules.
  • Venue: Stepic.
  • Organizer: Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics.

Another course from Tomsk University, which was created in a team with practicing investors. What distinguishes it from other educational products on this topic is that the authors approached the issue fundamentally. They not only tell how it is better to do or not to do, but also immerse in a theory that will help you come to your own conclusions.

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3. Financial literacy

  • Volume: 7 modules.
  • Venue: Open Education.
  • Author: St. Petersburg State University.

It is best to get to know this course as early as possible, because it talks about basic financial things and teaches you how to basically live this life if you hope to spend it with money. Banking products and taxes, home budget , insurance and pensions – you can get acquainted with all this at online lectures.

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4. Financial Literacy

  • Volume: 6 modules.
  • Platform: 4brain.
  • Authors: Grigory Ksheminsky and Evgeny Buyanov.

Many people cannot secure a decent life even with a good salary. Paradox? Hardly! This is a natural consequence of financial ignorance. The authors of this text course are convinced that well-being begins with a conscious attitude towards money and financial thinking.

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5. Fundamentals of finance for youth

  • Volume: 5 modules.
  • Venue: course’s own website.
  • Organizer: Center for Additional Education of Novosibirsk State University.

This course is interactive. It consists of 100 mini-tasks, which, in turn, are divided into thematic modules (personal, household, global, corporate finance and financial institutions). By completing the exercises, you earn points and move from level to level.

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6. Five Steps to a Secure Financial Future

  • Volume: 5 modules.
  • Venue: Stepic.
  • Organizer: Samara University.

The course will help you acquire basic skills in planning and accounting for personal finances, deal with investing and banking products. A separate module is dedicated to financial risks and popular fraudulent schemes .

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7. The Science of Wealth

  • Volume: 11 video lectures.
  • Venue: Lectorium.
  • Organizer: Friedrich von Hayek Institute.

The course is intended for those who aspire to a fundamental knowledge of economic theory. Pavel Usanov, Director of the Friedrich von Hayek Institute, will talk about the main economic models – from Aristotelian catallactics to socialism – and explain how they affect the real life of people.

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8. Theories of money. From shell to bitcoin

  • Volume: 7 modules.
  • Venue: Lectorium.
  • Organizer: European University at St. Petersburg.

If life is a game, then money helps keep score. So it was at a time when people exchanged ingots of precious metals. So it is now, when the world is going crazy over cryptocurrencies . Professor of Economics Yulia Vymyatnina will tell you what can be considered money and what is not, and what is their value. In 2015, this course won second place in the EdCrunch Award in the Humanities category.

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9. Fundamentals of economic knowledge

  • Volume: 8 modules.
  • Venue: Open Education.
  • Author: St. Petersburg State University.

A course for those who like to dive deep into the topic and start from the basics. Teachers will talk about how the modern economy was formed and what trends are observed in it, how modern markets function.

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10. Business for Dummies

  • Volume: 14 video lectures.
  • Venue: Lecture Hall.
  • Author: Yuri Milyukov, founder of the Moscow Commodity Exchange.

How did certain organizational and legal forms for business appear? How are banks, stock exchanges, insurers and logistics arranged? What are auditors, consultants, appraisers, experts and analysts for? The answers to these and many other questions are in the speeches of the well-known businessman Yuri Milyukov.

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11. Business Basics

  • Volume: 8 modules.
  • Venue: Open Education.
  • Author: St. Petersburg State University.

The course introduces students to the basics of entrepreneurship . Teachers emphasize practice and promise that new knowledge “will help in opening a successful business, regardless of the intended field of activity” or in improving an existing project.

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12. Fundamentals of business taxation in Russia

  • Volume: 5 modules.
  • Venue: Open Education.
  • Author: St. Petersburg State University.

It seems that the course can only be useful for entrepreneurs. This is not true. It is useful for everyone to know who and how much pays to the state and according to what rules. After all, it helps to understand what the price of a product or service actually consists of, how much each employee costs the company. It is also worth studying these mechanisms in order to finally realize that medicine and education in Russia are not free, and new sidewalks and highways are not a favor from officials. You paid for all this.

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This article was first published in February 2018. In August 2022, we updated the text.

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