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Course | Financial Services


Financial Services gives learners an overview of banks and other financial services companies. The course introduces them to the origins of money and banking and then examines the early history of banking in the United States. Learners move into an in-depth study of the financial services industry and explore the types of companies that make up this industry. They learn about the services offered by such companies and analyze the ways these companies earn profits. This course covers the main concepts behind investing and discriminates among different ways to invest money. Learners examine contemporary issues, including the level of personal saving in the United States, ethics in the financial services industry, and the industry’s effect on communities and families.

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FOR LEARNERS: Did you know that in 2030, 85% of the jobs are not in existence yet? So, how can what you are learning in school today possibly prepare you for an unknowable future?

The answer is simple! You do not stop learning just because you graduated from high school. You must embrace the concept of life-long learning to thrive in a highly tech-enabled and information-driven future. Your skillsets are less about what a teacher “poured” into your head and more about exploring issues and topics about which you are passionate. In the future, employers will not be as interested in your grade point average as compared to the initiative you took to extend your knowledge.

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 Banking and Investing
Unit 3 Capital and Financial Markets
Unit 4 Contemporary Banking Issues
Unit 5 Careers in Financial Services

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