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    Jun 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This professor has received numerous complaints from students over the past few semesters, I was absolutely one of those students. Regardless of her teaching ability, she is very smart and deeply believes in the importance of financial knowledge for everyone, not just business students. In this course, you learn things that are incredibly important for being a financially responsible, independent adult and that's something that everyone should know.

    Course highlights:

    This course was hard, she taught quickly and most students ended up learning a bulk of the information from their TA's. That being said, we were taught how to understand a loan and purchasing items that require monthly payments. We were taught how to minimize payments for things like cars, and how dealers might trick you with low APR's but secretly high ERA's and the math behind those calculations. We learned the different ways to manage a portfolio and the importance of saving for retirement as soon as possible. We learned to invest in low-index funds because actively managed portfolios often fail. Finally, we learned how mortgages are structured and how we can accurately predict our monthly payments over the course of the 30-40 years that the mortgage would last. Every single thing we learned in this class has practical applications and will be necessary information to know in order to keep financially stable.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take it. No matter how scared you might be after hearing rumors from former students, and no matter how lost you may feel on the first day, take this course and stay in it. The school provides plenty of assistance from TA's and tutoring services that will help you understand the material. Don't be scared, by the end of this course your head may hurt and you might have a new enemy (the professor) but you will be thankful you know this pertinent information.

    • Fall 2015
    • Laurian Lytle
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments

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