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Massachusetts Bay Community College
Get an overview of personal finances, a personal objectives worksheet, a plan for setting up an effective bookkeeping system, and an overview of federal record keeping requirements.
Learn about the day to day routine of personal finances, ways to save money when paying bills, tools for maximizing income, saving money on taxes, organizing tax receipts and using modern techniques for easy tax return preparation.
Discover how to check your credit history, how creditors judge you, get information added to and removed from your credit report, and how to make yourself a good credit risk (and learn reasons why you should want to do this).
Analyze when and how to borrow money, the cost of borrowing money, how to get the best rates, how compound interest works, the effects of making early (and late) loan payments, tax effects of borrowing, and how to borrow on-line.
Learn what a budget is, how to create a budget that you can live with, and how to make your budget live with you.
Explore information about types of mutual funds, how to pick a fund, how much to invest, timing your investments, knowing when to sell shares, and understanding the tax effects of mutual fund investing.
Examine the stock market, reading stock reports, choosing a broker, picking stocks, knowing when to sell, day-trading, using the Internet, and the tax effects of stock transactions.
Consider a variety of investment options including interest-bearing accounts, bonds, commodities, precious metals, real estate, and collectibles.
Learn about purchasing insurance, types of insurance (life, health, wealth, assets, disability), cost comparisons, choosing a broker, and investing in insurance.
Review retirement plans provided by your employer, personal retirement plans, Social Security, retirement distributions, and tax effects of retirement contributions and distributions.
Explore saving for college, weddings, a house, a car, and understand the choices you can make, the tax benefits available, options for shopping on-line, and applying for financial aid for high education.
Get an overview of estate planning, including making or changing a will, choosing a lawyer, choosing an executor, inheritance and estate taxes, legal fees, types of trusts, and protecting your assets.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
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I cannot express enough with my comment how much I enjoyed this course or how much valuable information it involves. I would like all my friends to take it and have their teenage kids read over this valuable information. I strongly believe that this course is easy enough to understand and should be taught in High Schools. Very interesting, very easy to understand, and great information. Thank you so much.
I learned a lot from your course and I now feel that I have the knowledge to start working toward saving for my future. Thank you!
I learned so much from taking the Personal Finance course and feel more confident now about managing my personal finances. Thank you Gail! Kudos to you.
I'm really glad I took this course. It gave me so much insight on my personal financial planning. There are so many things to do in financial planning and this course gave me a roadmap where to start. There are so many things to learn, understand and apply not just for myself but also for my family.
I think this is a class that should be required especially for students just entering college as a way to help them understand their finances better at an early age.
Thank You, I have enjoyed learning more on how to take control of my family's finances, how to look forward to the future and have a greater understanding on how things work.
The material was well prepared. I generally liked the writing style. The exercises were excellent and thought-provoking and forced me to examine areas of my personal finances that I was unaware of or had been procrastinating about. This was my first experience with online learning and I am very impressed. Keep up the good work.
This has been a very well rounded course for all areas of one's life. I wish I had taken something like this 30 years ago, so I didn't have to learn about most of it the hard way, or not having missed learning about it completely. It gives someone a good foundation about the many ways to protect oneself, maximum earnings potential, and preparing for what's to come with the right tools. There's nothing more disturbing than having opportunities slip through your fingers, when with a little knowledge, you can plan and make the most of your own finances and take control of the outcome of your own well being. Thank you very much for this thorough course.
I took your business finance class last summer and loved it. Taking the class and understanding my finance software helped me to ger a good high paying job!
Thank you for the class. It was very clear and easy to follow. I have taken several of the online classes and this one was the best one so far. I learned a lot and realized I was not too far off our goal. I'm going to try my hand at one of the other courseds you mentioned in Lesson 12.
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