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My First Coursera Certification- Computational Investing, Part I (Signature Track) experience

Wow, what a news to start my Monday morning – Yes, I’m thrilled to see and recieve my first ever -MOOC certification, so happy to share here in my blog ( b.t.w completed 9 years of tech blogging J.
I would like to write about my little experience with Coursera (MOOC) program by Georgia Ins- of Technology so readers can make use of it. Watch out, there is a part II also going to start which is of Machine learning I believe. I’m excited and waiting for it.
My Course review:
Honestly I was not so serious when I enrolled for this course, but once after the first week sign up and enrolled with signature track(49$) I became more punctual, serious and started learning python and doing assignment following strict timeline. Python on initial take was not easy, but you would enjoy after a week with assignments.. I bet this is going to be hair pulling if you don’t know python..

Course name:  “Computational Investing, Part I”
Prof Name: Prof Tucker Balch
Programming Lang : Python ,QuantSoftware ToolKit, libs like Numpy, Matplotlib & Pandas
Duration : 8 weeks, Time commitment: 8-12 hours/week
Fee: 49$, should have webcam and submit all assignments over the webcam presence with typing analsis program to avoid copying etc..
Certification validity : Life time think so..
My personal rating : 4.5/5,
Do I recommend: Yes, very much. I was about to sign up for other management course for whopping 7.5 Lakh ( ePGP ) but this is far better than that in short span of time to learn financial fundamentals and deep analysis in a clear way. I thank Dr. Balch for his trading related expertise.
What I learned :
1) Python programming with various supporting lib’s.
2) Domain : Developing trading strategies, event profiling, portfolio optimization, and simulation of trading strategies to analyze portfolio performance and risks etc in a very clear way and in a short period of time. Various aspects of investing like – Company valuation, the Capital Assets Pricing Model (CAPM), Efficient Markets Hypothesis, the role of information in pricing, historical data and its manipulation, portfolio performance assessment and optimization.


Online course record :
My certificate of credit at :

Mahesh Kumar R
GRADE 100.0%
November 15th 2013
Student has earned a certificate with distinction.
Instructors: Dr. Tucker Balch,
Duration of course: 8 weeks

Some of my course content for reference:
Course Wiki:
Assignment Tooks:
Misc URL’s.

Looking for the part -2 Computational Investing – Machine Learning/Algorithmic Trading by coming fall 2014 which is going to be challenging and interesting think so.. 


November 18, 2013 - Posted by | Certification


  1. Hello Mahesh,

    I’m doing the same course at coursera, and I wonder if it is true that it will be a part 2 course at fall of this year.



    Comment by Darío | July 4, 2014 | Reply

  2. Hi Mahesh,

    How relevant is this course in the context of the Indian markets?



    Comment by Shayan | February 10, 2015 | Reply

    • Trading logic is same “market trading principles” -when to buy and sell – also i would say timing the market. It is for global market – applicable any kind of equity trading. if you are in to stock trading, you will learn something out of this for sure.


      Comment by Cyberiafreak | February 11, 2015 | Reply

      • Thanks for your helpful reply!


        Comment by Shayan | February 13, 2015

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