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Managing my investments

Week 1: Why and how should we invest for the future?


Welcome to Week 1 of Managing my investments. Martin Upton, Director of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance, based at The Open University Business School, presents a summary of the subjects and issues that will be explored during the next six weeks. Martin is a specialist in personal and corporate finance, and will guide you through this free course.

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In this first week we will explore:

  • the current features and recent record of personal investment activity
  • the first building blocks for constructing an investment strategy
  • the factors that determine the levels of interest rates – one key determinant of investment returns
  • the driving forces of movements in share prices – another key determinant of investment returns.

In examining these subjects, you look closely at recent trends in interest rates and share prices and the specific factors that have recently impacted on their levels.

At the end of the week you will have an understanding of personal investment behaviour and two of the most important determinants of returns you get from investing.

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

The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (True Potential PUFin) is a pioneering Centre of Excellence for research in the development of personal financial capabilities. 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 £1.4 million.

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