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What is shareholder activism?

What is shareholder activism? Copyrighted image Copyright: © Ximagination | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Oct 2016
Dr Henry Lahr discusses activist investors, who look for underperforming companies where they can buy a stake in the business then...

Banking crimes without end

Banking crimes without end Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 May 2016
Has the UK financial sector become the 'serial offender' of corporate crimes with mis-selling of products like PPI and pensions...

OpenLearn Live: 4th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 4th April 2016 Creative commons image Windell Oskay under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Apr 2016
Making sense of the Panama Papers; and the handheld device that changed the way we live - although not straight away. Free learning from...

Understanding tax avoidance

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Updated 03 Mar 2016
How can we reduce tax avoidance, and who is responsible for addressing it? Peter Bloom breaks down a growing phenomenon.

How large is the UK alternative finance sector?

How large is the UK alternative finance sector? Creative commons image Jim Linwood under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
New research estimates the size of non-mainstream financial activity at over three billion pounds - and although growth is starting to slow, the...

Understanding personal finance: Money, money, money

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Understanding personal finance: Money, money, money Copyrighted image Copyright: Knowdl
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 May 2015
Learn how to get on top of your debts and gain a better understanding of banking terms with this interactive learning tool.

Free course: Managing my investments

Free course: Managing my investments Copyrighted image Copyright: Aprescindere | Dreamstime.com
Updated 06 Mar 2015
OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Managing my...

The Great Fall: Business impact

The Great Fall: Business impact Creative commons image Schmidt under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de license under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
What was the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on business in Europe?   

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Liquidity management

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Liquidity management Copyrighted image Copyright: solarseven/123rf.com
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 20 Oct 2016
In this free course you will focus on liquidity management, one of the fundamental aspects relating to risk management that has come under intense...

Fundamentals of accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for accounting. This free course, Fundamentals of accounting, will explain the...

Asset allocation in investment

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Asset allocation in investment Copyrighted image Copyright: © TERADAT SANTIVIVUT/iStockphoto.com
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
This course looks at how to take investor objectives and constraints and turn them into a portfolio which aims at achieving an expected return and...

Quantitative and qualitative research in finance

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Quantitative and qualitative research in finance Copyrighted image Copyright: (c) hudiemm/iStockphoto.com
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
What are the key features of qualitative and quantitative research in finance? What do they involve in practical terms, and what they can produce?...

Understanding and managing risk

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Understanding and managing risk
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 21 Apr 2016
This free course, Understanding and managing risk, provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification,...

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

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Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on the European economy? This free course, Managing the European...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
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This free course, Stakeholders in marketing and finance, comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial...

Introducing corporate finance

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Feb 2016
This free course, Introducing corporate finance, introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains...

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 24 Jan 2017
This short course will give you a good grounding in double-entry bookkeeping and the production of basic financial statements, and an introduction...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty.

You and your money: personal finance in context

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You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...