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A new breed of number crunchers and aspiring equity players in Covid times

Housewives, retired persons and even students are making a beeline for courses in this space as they seek to earn additional revenue, or even make investing a career




A seasoned investor talks about the time a friend gifted him a set of ten stocks worth Rs 2,000 when his son was born. The father says while the value of all other gifts has depreciated, this one has grown substantially- the son has turned ten and the stocks have grown 100 times over in value to about Rs 2 lakh.

Who said money doesn't grow on trees? If you plant the seeds to wealth now, they could turn into money (yielding) 'trees' later.

Investing in stocks has become a major point of interest during Covid times. Many edtech companies have reported a surge in financial and stock market-related courses.

Says Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera: “Since March, we have seen a 966 per cent increase in enrolments for finance courses from the same period last year. We are continuously working with the world's best institutions and companies to create high quality, relevant content, enabling learners to build necessary skills for current and future jobs."

Gupta believes technology is the core business driver. He says, “The financial services industry has been at the forefront of adopting technology and is projected to become a mass adopter of AI over the next two years. With tech integration in current job profiles and changing business scenarios, continuous upskilling has become imperative for both, finance professionals and beginners.”

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First Published: Fri, October 23 2020. 19:43 IST