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This is an advanced course for investors in the market, covering cutting-edge investment principles and practices used by professionals. You learn hands-on techniques for analyzing the central problem of investing: How to determine if a potential investment is a good deal. Employing concepts from probability and statistics, you learn how to measure risk accurately. Then you explore methods for determining if a given security, such as a stock or bond, will generate returns that compensate for its risk.
Throughout these 24 in-depth lectures, you weigh the relative advantages of active and passive investment strategies. An active approach takes advantage of mispriced securities that can be traded for a profit. A passive strategy seeks to build a well-diversified portfolio that can be put on automatic pilot. Many investors combine these strategies, and Professor Slezak takes you through a wide range of cases that show how to devise a balanced approach.
His many useful tips include how to avoid the most common mistakes that investors make, why you should think in terms of net present value in evaluating a company, how to combine securities in order to control risk, and the importance of analyzing an investment before you act.
Professor Slezak is an expert who knows how to communicate effectively. He enlivens his presentation with colorful anecdotes and object lessons from the recent history of Wall Street. His parting advice: Don't be afraid of the market. Nothing is a sure thing, he stresses, but the market has performed consistently over the long term.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 The Great Courses (P)2014 The Teaching Company, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-12-14

Excellent content, but you need to watch the video

What did you like best about Advanced Investments? What did you like least?

The course content was excellent. However, because there's a lot of math/statistics involved, listening to equations being spoken leaves you missing out. I'm a long-time Teaching Company (aka The Great Courses) customer and I wish I had purchase this item directly from them in the video format. Although I was excited to see it on Audible (where it is also cheaper), it was just too hard to follow without actually seeing anything.

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3 out of 5 stars
By reviewer on 07-27-15

Hard To Follow Without Documentation

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Steve L. Slezak, PhD?

This is a great course with a lot of great information and that is the problem. Without the documentation, that Audible does not provide, this is a very very hard course to follow by just listening.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Steve L. Slezak, PhD’s performances?

Yes once you starting providing the documentation/text he would be using with the course.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ricardo Maragna on 09-30-17

An insight into financial mathematical tools

The deeper end of financial theory. This particular course bears the word 'Advanced' in its title for a reason. You really need to print out the pdf file and work through it while you are listening to the lectures. A demanding course, that requires your full attention, but whose completion will give you a good overview of the financial theory and practice that underlies much of modern investment practice.

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2 out of 5 stars
By GT89 on 08-10-17

Not the most interesting subject, but made worse

I have a keen but amateur interest in investments and the stock market. This audiobook was so dull I couldn't finish it unfortunately.

I've listened and read a lot of audiobooks and normal books on the subject and this is the only one that I found 'boring' - I appreciate it's a dry subject but it's one that many others have got far more out of.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mars on 10-09-15

investment for academics!

Want to become a better investor? My advice, learn from the great investors. Don't waste your time with academics.

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