Not everyone has the knowledge to manage their own investments in a logical and predicted manner. Not understanding the reasons and outcome of your investments can lead to losses. This course will help you understand how to make the right investment choices and plan your future finances.

Why join the course

Research shows that UK households are poor at investment management with a limited understanding of investment choices, risks and returns. The resultant ‘savings gap’ threatens a scenario where many cannot afford to retire.

Elsewhere households fail to plan properly or to make their investment choices fit with their risk appetites and the time horizons for access to their funds. The course Managing My Investments aims to give you the tools to avoid these personal finance nightmares.

What you will learn

This free online course will teach you about the various investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each and the evidence about their historical performance. You will explore investment strategies as well as the practicalities about involvement in personal finance markets. You will look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.

Throughout the course, recent and current case studies on investment issues will be provided in order to demonstrate how the ideas and issues explored in the course are reflected in the arena of personal investments.

The course is up-to-date and covers the current reforms to UK pensions due to be rolled out in 2015 – changes that will radically alter the way many people will use their pension savings as they move into retirement.

Managing My Investments aims at providing you with the knowledge and confidence to take charge of your investments and your financial future.

You can find out more about what to expect from the course in Martin Upton’s post on the FutureLearn blog: “Understanding the UK pensions revolution.”

This course is presented on FutureLearn with the kind support of True Potential LLP.

The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin) is a pioneering Centre of Excellence for research in the development of personal financial capabilities, based at The Open University Business School. The establishment and activities of True Potential PUFin have been made possible thanks to the generous support of True Potential LLP, which has committed to a five-year programme of financial support for the Centre totalling GBP 1.4 million.

Requirements

This course is intended for those with an interest in developing their personal financial skills to make good decisions when managing their investments and buying investment products. The course does not require any previous experience of this subject.

About the instructor

Martin Upton is Director of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) at the OU Business School. Previously he was Treasurer of Nationwide Building Society.

Starting date: 20 March, 2017

Duration: 6 weeks, 3 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Martin Upton

Institution: The Open University

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