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How to Finance: A Beginner’s Guide to the Industry
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No industry knowledge? No problem.
Welcome to our most foundational course yet.

This course bridges the gap between where you are now and where you need to be to start our SIE prep course with confidence. It mirrors the units covered on the SIE exam, but every lesson is full of real-world examples to make sense of intimidating topics like mutual funds and IRA's.


The only prerequisite is curiosity.


We believe anyone with an interest in the financial sector can build a successful career if armed with the right educational tools. With the addition of this beginner’s securities course, we aim to expand access to the industry and diversify the pipeline of talent.

How to Finance: A Beginner’s Guide to the Industry
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Our How to Finance course includes everything you
need to wrap your head around the securities industry:
14 course units mapped to topics covered on the SIE exam
Each unit includes a 30-minute video lecture from our expert faculty
Real-world, relatable examples bring concepts to life
Opportunity to test out of a unit
Access to our Training Center
Free access to our Study Essentials course
Downloadable supplements
Final course assessment demonstrates  an understanding of the securities industry
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We’ll start from square one.

When we say no finance knowledge needed, we mean it. We designed this course to be a true primer to build financial fluency.

What are stocks?
Learn why buying a share of Apple for $22 in 1980 would be worth $3.2M in March of 2023.
What is inflation?
Learn why the price of eggs has increased significantly over the past year.
What is a bond?
Learn why a bond Is like an IOU between a lender and a borrower.
What is an IRA?
Learn how an IRA helps you save for retirement in a tax-advantaged way.
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Take a test drive of our Training Center--the place for all your course materials, video lectures, and supplements. You can use the Action Plan to keep you focused and track your progress. 

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The best remember what it was like to be in your shoes. Our faculty, coaches, and staff have thoughtfully developed this course to meet you where you are.

How to Finance: A Beginner’s Guide to the Industry Course Curriculum
Lesson 1
Introduction & Stocks
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Types of Bonds
Lesson 4
Investment Company Securities
Lesson 5
Other Packaged Products
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Issuing Securities
Lesson 9
The Secondary Market & Equity Trading
Lesson 10
Economics & Monetary Policy
Lesson 11
Account Types
Lesson 12
Retirement Plans
Lesson 13
FINRA Registration
Lesson 14
Business Conduct Rules
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if this beginners course is right for me?

If you are looking to take the SIE exam but lack a background in finance, if you need a refresher, or if you want to gain foundational knowledge of the securities industry, this course is a good fit. You will find applications for the content in your career and your personal finances.  

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in entering the financial services profession, who may lack a traditional background in finance, or who would benefit from a primer before studying for the SIE Exam. If you are interested in becoming a licensed financial professional but want to learn about the industry to gauge if it is a viable career option, this course is for you. Maybe you are like many Americans who understand that knowledge of the securities industry is power and will ultimately help you make sound financial decisions. Or maybe you simply want to know more about investing.

How will this help me prepare for the SIE exam?

How to Finance is an introductory course that gives you an overview of topics you will touch upon more during your SIE training. Each unit is aligned with the SIE exam and will fill in any knowledge gaps before you begin SIE prepHow to Finance is offered “on demand,” allowing you to move through the content at your own pace. On average, the course can be completed in two weeks. A final assessment will test your understanding of the securities industry. 

Can I take this course even if I don't plan to take the SIE exam?

Yes, How to Finance is designed to boost your financial acumen, providing essential financial skills you need to make more educated decisions in your life, or for your department or organization, no matter what industry you pursue. Even if you don’t plan to take the SIE, when you can “speak” the language of money, you operate at an advantage, because finance is the way businesses keep score. 

Is there a test at the end?

While there is no regulatory exam after How to Finance, there is a final assessment to test your overall understanding of the securities industry.  

How long is this course? How much time will it take to complete?

This course consists of 14 on-demand units. You can watch the videos when you want, at your own pace. Each unit is 30 minutes long. On average, the course can be completed in two weeks. 

Will this course help me if I failed the SIE?

Yes. If you did not pass the SIE exam and have knowledge gaps, this course will teach you the fundamentals so that you approach SIE prep with a stronger foundation. How to Finance is a bridge to SIE exam training.  

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