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Personal Finance Courses at Stanford

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WELLNESS 183: Financial Wellness for a Healthy Long Life

This course will ground you in the knowledge, skills, and habits you need to identify and achieve your financial goals. We will infuse behavior science and psychology into our exploration of personal finance concepts (e.g., credit, debt, saving, and investing) to build your financial capability in the areas of managing money, planning ahead, making choices, and getting help. By the end of the quarter, you will have a personalized toolkit to create and refine actionable plans for increasing your financial well-being now and throughout your healthy, long life. (Autumn, Spring)

Lecturer Angela Amarillas

ECON 43: Introduction to Financial Decision Making

The primary purpose of the class is for you to obtain a greater degree of comfort that you will know how to approach the important financial decisions you will confront. Your journey through life will require many financial decisions, including budgeting, financial planning, consumer credit, investing, managing risks to you and your family and many more. The outcomes of these decisions will heavily influence the quality of your life, including your financial security, your ability to withstand unanticipated burdens arising from the vagaries of your and your family’s lives, and to keep open desirable options on how you wish to lead your life. (Spring)

Professors Michael Boskin, Alex Gould, John Shoven

CS 7: Personal Finance for Engineers

Introduction to the fundamentals and analysis specifically needed by engineers to make informed and intelligent financial decisions. Course will focus on actual industry-based financial information from technology companies and realistic financial issues. Topics include: behavioral finance, budgeting, debt, compensation, stock options, investing and real estate. No prior finance or economics experience required. (Autumn)

Lecturer Adam Nash

ECON 143: Finance and Society for non-MBAs 

The financial system is meant to help people, businesses, and governments fund, invest, and manage risks, but it is rife with conflicts of interests and may allow people with more information and control to harm those with less of both. In this interdisciplinary course we explore the forces that shape the financial system and how individuals and society can benefit most from this system without being unnecessarily harmed and endangered. Topics include the basic principles of investment, the role and "dark side" of debt, corporations and their governance, banks and other financial institutions, why effective financial regulations are essential yet often fail, and political and ethical issues in finance. The approach will be rigorous and analytical but not overly technical mathematically. Prerequisite: Econ 1. (Autumn)

Professor Anat Admati