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Personal Finance 101

Personal Finance 101

This course is designed to provide new insights into personal finance, including some of the basic personal finance principles.


This course is designed to provide new insights into personal finance, including some of the basic personal finance principles, as well as ways in which these principles interweave into your own personal financial lives. Through a combination of course delivery, outside reading and specific, targeted course assignments, attendees utilize new learning in mapping their own financial plans.

Outline of major content/topic areas:

Personal Budgeting
Time Value of Money
Personal Finance Opportunity Costs
Goal Setting
Debt Instruments

Course Information/Expectations:

Course Schedule:

The course is structured in weekly blocks. Participants will find a variety of articles and recorded lectures relevant to specific areas of personal finance. While participation in reading and listening to lectures is encouraged, it is also optional in nature.

Of greatest importance is your participation in the course activities as outlined in the course schedule below. These assignments are absolutely crucial to the course and your full participation is required.

Assignments Summary & Explanation

Learning Exercise #1
Learning Exercise #2
Learning Exercise #3
Learning Exercise #4

Learning Exercises #1-#4

In addition to learning new and old personal finance topics, the bread and butter of this course are the learning exercises. Rest assured that they will be insightful and some legwork (though mostly enjoyable – wink!) and will set you on a course to really discover yourself and what you do after leaving the course.

Student Responsibilities:

Everyone who participates in this course has paid their way in, so what you put in is what you’ll take out. I don’t enforce any rules as it relates to your responsibility – you reap what you sow – so come and go as you wish. I hope to see you around frequently and very active. I hope you’ll come along with me on the journey. I hope you’ll leave reminded of what’s important to you.

What You Can Expect From Me:

Your success is my most important objective. It’s my goal to provide you positive and constructive feedback designed to help you learn and improve. Reach out anytime with questions!

Basic knowledge
Anyone who is interested in learning and managing personal finances

Course Information

Anyone who is interested in learning and managing personal finances

What will you learn
Understand basic personal finance concepts
Understand the opportunity costs of financial decisions
Relate opportunity costs and concepts together in designing an action plan
Understand existing budgetary obligations
Develop a workable and reasonable personal budget
Design and agree upon short and long-range financial goals
Design action plans to meet financial goals

This course is meant for anyone looking to learn (and eventually master!) personal finance. And yes, we do mean anyone! We designed this course to be accessible and useful for everyone, especially complete beginners, whether they're just heading off to college or just getting ready for retirement.
This course is NOT meant for anyone looking to learn advanced investment techniques or financial modeling.

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Course duration is 24 hours.

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