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As tax day looms, online class offers help making good financial choices

April 15, the deadline for filing taxes and a good day to boost your financial smarts.

Finance class
Learn how to handle your finances better with a free, online course taught by a Berkeley Haas expert.

Nothing says “time to pay attention to your personal finances” better than April 15, the annual tax deadline in the United States. Coincidentally, the big day also is the jumping off point for a new online course, “How to Save Money: Making Smart Financial Decisions.” The class that is free and open to the public.

Terrance Odean

Terrance Odean

Terrance Odean, the Rudd Family Foundation Professor of Finance at the Berkeley Haas School of Business and an authority on investors’  behavior, is leading the course, which is designed to help people manage their money and fret less about personal finances.

The five-week edX class aims to teach students how to set spending priorities, lower their insurance costs, look up the fees for mutual funds and save and invest for retirement. It will cover how to make good decisions on everything from car loans and credit cards to mutual funds, stocks and hiring a financial advisor. Students can sign up online here.