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BUS125: Personal Finance

This course provides a study of individual and family financial decisions.

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The BUS125 Personal Finance class is taught every Spring and Fall online. Check the course schedule for availability.

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BUS125 Personal Finance Course Info

BUS125 provides a study of individual and family financial decisions.  Emphasis is placed on building useful skills in buying, managing finances, increasing resources, and coping with current economic conditions.  Upon completion, students should be able to develop a personal financial plan. (BUS125 does not transfer to other colleges and universities.)

The BUS125 course serves as a foundation for those seeking a general understanding of personal finance.

Upon completion, students should be able to show competency in the following areas:

#  1: Prepare balance sheets, income & expense statements, and annual cash budgets

#  2: Interpret and apply federal income tax principles to financial planning.

#  3: Maintain and reconcile checking accounts

#  4: Manage savings programs

#  5: Evaluate buying versus leasing automobiles

#  6: Evaluate renting versus buying a home

#  7: Interpret and apply credit concepts that allow one to use credit wisely.

#  8: Evaluate the need for life insurance.

#  9: Describe the importance of health, long-term care, and disability insurance

#10: Evaluate automobile, homeowner, and liability insurance

#11: Evaluate and interpret changes in securities markets.

#12: Describe the fundamental concepts of investing in stocks, bond, and mutual funds, including the risk/return characteristics of each.

#13: Interpret and apply the fundamentals of retirement and estate planning. 

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