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MSE’s Academy of Money

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert (MSE) to produce this new free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. Packed with videos, audios, quizzes and activities the course covers all the key aspects of personal finance in six sessions of study that each take around two hours to complete. 

Free course
12 hrs
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Managing my money

This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Free course
24 hrs
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Managing my money for young adults

This free course, Managing my money for young adults, will help you start to think about managing your finances. You will learn how to budget effectively, and will be encouraged to start thinking about your financial future.

Free course
24 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Why we no longer need melted-down bracelets to make bullets (or build roads)

While austerity isn’t over, governments have stopped trying to scare us about the scale of their debts – thanks to a big change in the way economies make money, and economists understand it, writes Alan Shipman. 

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Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree?

During the recent election campaign, the Tories insisted there was no such thing as a magic money tree. But, as Alan Shipman explains, low bond yields might be the next best thing.

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The History of Money

Where did money come from? How did people trade before inventing money? Was it a masterstroke or madness (or both) to let banks create money? Today money is generally accepted as payment for goods and services or repayment of debt. But governments still fret about whether there's too much (or too little) in circulation, economists can't agree on what it is, and the enduring popularity of alternative or crypto-currencies shows rumbling discontent with the official version. These 10 short animations chart the evolution of money from stones and whale teeth to modern monetary policy and banking, and takes a hard look at money's role in economic crises.

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25 mins
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Understanding personal finance: Money, money, money

Learn how to get on top of your debts and gain a better understanding of banking terms with this interactive learning tool.

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Free course: Managing my investments

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 investments is an ideal starting point.

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How was the recession for you?

Bankers, lawyers, accountants and estate agents did OK, so did those reliant on the state pension, but most of the rest of us didn’t, reports Dick Skellington.

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Life in Law

How are our laws made? What is it like to be a criminal defence lawyer during a murder trial? What are the challenges faced by family lawyers or immigration law advisers? What if you have credit card debt or are faced with an eviction notice and can't afford a lawyer? This collection gives us an insight into the daily lives of those in the legal profession. (NB The legislative process audio podcast contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.)

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1 hr
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Debt: Wiping the slate clean

We look at economic anthropologist David Graeber's argument that defaulting on debt can liberate the borrower and bring social benefits that eventually reward the lender’s sacrifice

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Debt: Household pain

We look at how decisions taken at international and national levels ripple down and can have major, even catastrophic effects, on individual citizens and households

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