Which College Courses Prepare Students to Become a Stock Broker?

Stock brokers or stockbrokers work on behalf of their clients by investing and managing money. If you're interested in finance and the stock market, find out which college courses can help you prepare to become a stock broker. Schools offering Finance degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Educational Requirements

While there is no set degree needed to become a stock broker or stockbroker, those who are interested in pursuing this career may want to consider earning a bachelor's and/or master's degree in finance, accounting, or economics. The following courses may be useful in helping to prepare students to become stock brokers.

Introduction to Investments

This course provides students with the basics of decision-making involving investments. Students study the portfolio theory, investment analysis, capital markets, diversification, models of asset pricing, and risk vs. return.

Financial Markets and Institutions

Students learn about financial markets and transferring funds and their effect on the economy. Additional topics may include governmental regulations, capital markets, interest rates, risk management, deregulation, regulation, hypothesis of efficient markets, financial derivatives, and debt.

Corporate Finance

This course looks at corporations and the environment in which they operate. The course examines how management and corporate boards appraise opportunities of investment and how they come up with the money to invest. The course also considers how corporations create (or destroy) shareholder value. Students are given analytical tools to judge a corporation's value and to evaluate how successful management will be in increasing its value.

Investments and Portfolio Management

This is a survey course that covers the fundamental practice and theory of investing. Topics considered include asset valuation, bonds, stocks, risk, uncertainty, asset allocation, portfolio creation, tests and theory of market efficiency, and diversification.

International Finance

The course provides students with an understanding of exchange rates. Students study how volatility in the exchange rate can impact decision-making at the corporate-level. Topics covered may include the international environment, exchange rates and the factors that affect them, and exposure to exchange rates and the corporation.

Risk and Insurance

Students study economic risk and its effect on resources allocation. Also considered is how markets allocate risk and the insurance markets' role with complete information. Other topics include hedging strategies, price fluctuations, and hedging credit risks.

Investment Management

Students study equity markets from the perspective of making investment decisions. The course examines valuation of the stock market as a whole and shares, arbitrage, information use in valuation, risk management, implementation (how a trade is executed), and institutional clients, such as pension funds or endowments.

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