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Stanford University Professor Teaches Free Retirement & Pensions Course

& Links

(October 14, 2013 – December 13, 2013)

This video introduces the topic of stock market investing for retirement. In five minutes Josh Rauh shows the risks and rewards of regular long term investing in the stock market. Whether you sign up for the free course or not, there is investing wisdom in this brief video.

Save Money, Build Wealth, with MOOC’s

Massive Online Open Courses or MOOC’s give students across the globe the opportunity for elite educational experiences for free.

Fall, 2013 Josh Rauh, esteemed Stanford University Professor is offering, The Finance of Retirement & Pensions (October 14, 2013 – December 13, 2013) through the NovoEd platform.  The eight-week course teaches the financial concepts underlying sound retirement and pension fund management.

The trend towards open coursework with MOOC’s is exploding with the opportunity to take courses from Ivy League Universities.  In MOOC’s: The Top 10 Sites for free Education with Elite Universities, these prestigious universities; Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and Duke are listed amount those offering free courses.

With education linked to higher lifetime earnings this is a wealth building benefit that cannot be overlooked. If you don’t enroll in Joshua Rauh’s course, promise yourself that you will boost your skills by taking a free course this year.

Education is a top method to boost long term earnings, and free education from elite universities is priceless.

MOOC Links

Huffington Post writes about MOOC’s

Advice for Middle Aged Seekers of MOOC’s, by Cathy N. Davidson, The New York Times

Beyond the Buzz, Where are MOOC’s Really Going? by Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen,

Investing Links

Get the Very Best Stock Fund Managers for Cheap (but there’s a catch) at Monevator

How Simple or Complex are Your Finances? My Money Blog

Meet the Hedge Fund Manager Who Asks, Why are you Not Indexing? William Ortel at the CFA Institute Blog

Annuities; Everything You Need to Know, The Frugal Toad

Things I Would Tell a Young Investor, Save and Conquer

The Rolling Stones & Mutual Fund Investing by The Chicago Financial Planner

Money Links

How to Handle a Lifestyle Downgrade, Family Money Values

Teaching Your College Student the Wonders of Good Credit, Krantcents

Barbara Across the Web

Financially Savvy Saturday’s at Femme Frugality and  Young Adult Finances
Financial Freedom Pages hosted by Dreams Cash True
Earn More Spend Less hosted by Student Loan Sherpa
Yakezie Carnival hosted by The Happy Homeowner
Carnival of Wealth hosted by Control Your Cash
Festival of Frugality hosted by Debt Roundup
Carnival of Financial Independence hosted by Stacking Benjamins
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by Save and Conquer

Do you invest time in lifetime learning? Why or why not? 


  1. Thanks for the links, I am in good company.


    October 11, 2013

  2. Barb, I’ve been taking courses through Coursera and EdX since they opened their doors. I absolutely love it. Wharton put the entire first year of their MBA program on Coursera.

    There has been a move toward courses with a small cost for certification and I’ve seen my first “audit” course if you don’t pay a fee, but the vast majority have no cost associated with them unless you opt for a track that certifies your ID and offers a certificate upon completion.

    My favorite course so far was an Archeology course offered by Brown University.

    Betsy @

    October 13, 2013

  3. Five minutes really worth watching. Josh Rauh is totally brilliant over the explanation. Quite nicely described benefits and risks of investing in stock market. This year I’ve counted loss in stock market, so looking forward for next year. Thanks.


    October 14, 2013

  4. Thanks for the links Barbara! I’m definitely interested in gaining more knowledge about the stock market from legit sources, as I’ve definitely taken my lumps over the years.


    October 14, 2013

  5. @Betsy, I would be fascinated to hear more about your experiences taking these MOOC courses. I think the opportunity is outstanding. Would you be interested in writing a guest article about them?

    Barbara Friedberg

    October 15, 2013

  6. @Anton, Glad you enjoyed the video, I’ve watched it three times already. Rauh is brilliant and explains investment topics so clearly and succinctly.

    Barbara Friedberg

    October 15, 2013

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