Finance is a pretty broad field of study – ranging from financial accounting and reporting, to the study of various financial markets, stock markets, valuations, trading etc.
As in, I would suggest
- Start with a few good books to learn the basics of all the fields
- Read through some good blogs to help you understand the nuances, real-life applications, and the current trends,
- Utilize MOOCs to take up some good courses, both to assess your proficiency, and also to earn certifications that you can use to showcase your achievements
- Corporate Finance
- All about derivatives
- Valuation of financial assets
- Investment valuation
- Financial markets
Foundations of Financial Markets and Institutions (4th Edition): , ,
- Venture Capital
He was one of the first members of SEBI and is on the board of multiple big companies including Infosys and Axis Bank.
His blog, which has been up since 2005, is a brilliant resource on understanding the nuances of the financial markets.
: Prof Jayant Verma is a Professor of Finance (mainly Financial markets) at IIMA. He is one of the most impressive teachers I have ever met.
- : Dealbook is the news aggregator section of NYTimes to keep you updated on the current state of affairs of the Fin industry.
- : Everything you need to know about every aspect of the Financial world – from big investment banks to boutique firms, from Private Equity to Hedge Funds and AM/WM firms.
- : The holy mecca for preparation of i-Banking interviews, the IB Blog offers everything from bootcamps and interview prep courses (paid) to free resources like basic interview questions, overview of the industry etc.
- : Similar to #2 above, but with more functionality to read the best articles of the month/week/day etc.
- : Another news aggregator that will make sure you do not have any time left in your day (courtesy it’s exhaustive coverage of current affairs)
A 10 lesson introductory course on accounting, for free.
- Financial Markets
Who better to learn from, than a Nobel Laureate?
is a 2013 Nobel prize winner in Economics for his work on “empirical analysis of asset prices”.
He offers a 23-part series of 1 hour+ lectures for free on Youtube. Probably the best way to start learning about Financial markets and their machinations.
- Financial Theory
is the current “James Tobin” Professor of Economics at Yale. In hi 26 lecture series, he covers the basics of finance, ranging from the time value of money, the risk-return tradeoff, asset pricing, yield curves, and risk hedging.
- Finance Theory
Another course on Finance Theory, this time by MIT.
D. Bonus – Personal Finance
Personal finance is not usually taught as part of any curriculum. But this is something that will affect you the most, and is one of the most vital life-skill one should have.
Personal finance is the financial management which an individual or a family unit is required to do to obtain, budget, save, and spend monetary resources over time, taking into account various financial risks and future life events.
Here’s a 20 part tutorial series from Khan Academy to get you started.
The modules covered (in order are):