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Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

From knowing no more than the word ‘stocks’ to using analytical techniques combined with calculated thinking to interpret potential returns – everything you need to unlock your financial potential and reach your trading and investing goals is contained within.

The Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course explains fundamental and technical trading analysis, investment strategies and portfolio building, money management, and risk/reward methodologies.

The course begins by introducing trading itself – the concepts, basic terminology used, psychological elements, core trading strategies, asset classes, and broker choice considerations.

You’ll explore the basics of fundamental analysis – looking at economic indicators, the news, and quantitative fundamentals, and how to perform fundamental analysis on companies.

It’s then on to technical analysis. You’ll begin with reading a chart, candlestick basics, and support and resistance, before moving onto trading indicators – covering common signals, patterns, the importance of trading volume, and moving averages. Finally, we’ll look into advanced charting techniques – learning about the Average Directional Index (ADX) and Relative Strength Index (RSI).

We’ll explore how to manage money and accurately assess risk and reward. We’ll also compare trading with investing and consider their core differences, pros, and cons.

The course rounds out with a look at the basics and strategies of investing. We’ll consider the way to view and create a portfolio with a focus on diversification and asset classes, and how to go about setting investment goals. We’ll then look at the six key strategies of investing, splitting these into two categories – index funds and individual stocks and securities.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand trading concepts, strategies and terminology
  • Learn about fundamental analysis
  • Learn about technical analysis
  • Become familiar with money management and assessing risk and reward
  • Learn the basics and strategies of investing
  • Acquire the knowledge and confidence to develop a portfolio
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Trading?
  • Part 2: Trading Concepts
  • Part 3: Psychology of Trading
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to Different Trading Strategies
  • Part 2: Asset Classes
  • Part 3: Choosing the Right Broker and Strategy
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Fundamental Financial Analysis and Economic Indicators
  • Part 2: News
  • Part 3: Qualitative Fundamentals
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Intrinsic Value
  • Part 2: Quantitative Fundamentals
  • Part 3: Fundamental Analysis for Forex
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: How to Read a Chart
  • Part 2: Linear and Logarithmic Scales
  • Part 3: Candlesticks, Support and Resistance
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Signals
  • Part 2: Patterns, Trading Volume and Time
  • Part 3: Moving Averages
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Average Directional Index (ADX)
  • Part 2: Relative Strength Index – RSI
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Risk vs Reward
  • Part 2: Tools and Techniques to Prevent Large Losses
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Limitations of Trading
  • Part 2: The Differences Between Investing and Trading
  • Part 3: The Key Advantages of Investing
  • Part 4: The Key Advantages of Trading
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Assets, Funds, and Liquidity
  • Part 2: Investment Goal Setting
  • Part 3: Diversification and Asset Allocation
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: Key Strategies for Index Investing
  • Part 2: Key Strategies for Stock-Picking Investors
  • Answers to Practical Questions
  • Conclusion
  • Module 11 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you’re interested in trading and investing but don’t know where to start or have dabbled but would like to get a better understanding of the core fundamentals of how markets and investments work, then this is the course you’ve been waiting for.

Beyond the trading and investing techniques themselves, the course will also arm you with additional knowledge that is just as important to your success, with advice on goal setting, risk management, and investment psychology.

The Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course will provide you with everything you need to know to develop a balanced portfolio that represents your risk appetite and enable you to go on to further study, should you wish to.

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The Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course
Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course
Introduction to Trading and Investing Diploma Course
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