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Managing my investments
Managing my investments

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


Welcome to Week 1 of Managing my investments. Martin Upton of the Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance 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 you 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.

Throughout the course you will see some terms in bold. You can find definitions for these terms in the course glossary [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

The production of this course was made possible by the financial help of True Potential LLP, who donated £1.4 million to enable The Open University to develop a free personal finance education programme for the public.

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