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Course | Principles of Finance


Principles of Finance gives learners a thorough introduction to the concepts, tools, and institutions of finance and serves as a foundation for the core courses offered by the Academy of Finance. Principles of Finance begins with the basics of financial literacy and the function of finance in society. Learners study income and wealth, including budgeting, personal banking, credit and borrowing, and planning for retirement.

Planning Tools
For Learners

PLANNING TOOLS provides a guide to course implementation, including scope and sequence, lesson plans, and the culminating project overview.

FOR LEARNERS: This resource encourages and supports students on their learning journey by providing opportunities to deepen their knowledge, feed their passion, build their Future Ready skills, and deepen their career identity through NAF's "Take Charge of Your Learning" framework of REFLECT, STRETCH, INNOVATE, and SHOWCASE.

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Teach Personal Finance with MINT

Help students take control of their finances and their futures. Get students up to speed with budgeting, credit scores, savings, and more using Mint.

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Course Introduction
Unit 2 Personal Finance
Unit 3 Financial Institutions
Unit 4 Key Influencers of Financial Decisions
Unit 5 Careers in Finance and Course Closure

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