Like many people I have always had an interest in the financial markets but very little idea on how an individual can participate. The early chapters of this course cover the basics of placing a trade in great detail. The course explains all of the markets available for individual investors and there is plenty of helpful advice on which markets to initially consider should you decide to take the plunge. It also covers the common mistakes made by both professional and private traders and how you can hopefully avoid them yourself. Probably the best bit of advice I took from the course is to start by placing practice bets before committing your own money which is what I plan to do.