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Stock Market Investing for Beginners

Master the basics of stock market investing to learn how you can make smarter financial decisions and create an investment plan.

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Gain a solid introduction to financial markets

When done right, stock market investing can be an effective avenue to make money. However, knowing where to start and learning to navigate the risks can be daunting.

On this three-week course, you’ll be guided by financial experts to gain a thorough understanding of how to start investing in the stock market.

You’ll unpack the financial market as well as market participants, such as the investors and traders, to ensure you finish the course with the knowledge to confidently invest in the stock market.

Explore financial instruments

You’ll delve into financial instruments to understand the different assets that can be traded on the market.

Within this, you’ll explore stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and bonds to decipher how and where you might want to invest.

Unpack risk and return analysis

There are risks with the stock market and knowing how to identify these is key to a successful investment.

You’ll learn how to conduct a risk and return analysis to help you recognise risks and choose the right investment opportunities for you.

Learn how to create an investment plan

With your knowledge of risk and return, you’ll learn how to effectively assess portfolios and create a solid investment plan. This understanding will ensure you make informed financial decisions.

Learning from the financial experts at WelTec, you’ll finish the course with the practical skills to successfully begin investing in the stock market.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to financial markets

    • Welcome to Week 1!

      This week, the tutor will introduce herself, and you will be introduced to what financial markets are.

    • What are financial markets?

      Explore what financial markets are and the kinds of things that impact on them.

    • Types of financial markets

      Learn about different types of financial markets, such as the stock market and bond market.

    • Recap this week's learning

      Let's recap and consolidate your learning this week with a short review and a quiz on topics covered this week.

  • Week 2

    Financial instruments and risk and return

    • Welcome to Week 2!

      This week we look at some more financial instruments and consider the concept of risk and return.

    • Financial instruments

      Recap stocks and bonds and explore other financial instruments including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.

    • Risk and return

      Explore risk and return in this activity.

    • Recap this week's learning

      Let's recap and consolidate your learning this week with a short review and a quiz on topics covered this week.

  • Week 3

    How to create an investment plan

    • Welcome to Week 3!

      This week we look at strategies and tips for developing a suitable investment plan.

    • Investing strategies

      Learn strategies to take control of your finances and set yourself up for the lifestyle you desire.

    • Investing exercises

      Try out some ideas about investing strategies.

    • Recap this week's learning

      Let's recap and consolidate your learning this week with a short review and a quiz on topics covered this week.

    • Course conclusion

      Wrap up the course with recap of key points and a guide to developing your own plan.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe financial markets, stock markets and market participants
  • Describe financial instruments - stocks, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, bonds
  • Create an investment plan using concepts of risk and return
  • Assess portfolios

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the stock markets.

It will be of particular interest if you want to start to make your own investments and build efficient portfolios.

Who will you learn with?

I am a faculty at the School of Innovation, Design and Tech at WelTec, New Zealand. I have more than 15 years of academic experience and my research interest areas are investment and policy analysis.

Who developed the course?

Whitireia New Zealand

Established in 1986, Whitireia is a wholly-owned Crown entity subsidiary company of Te Pūkenga, known for its high student success rates and culturally diverse student body.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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