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Interactive Presentations

This is a Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets project to create freely available financial education materials. The materials are interactive presentations written in RMarkdown and use Shiny for interactive the content. The presentations are hosted on, and can be viewed by following the links below (all links have not yet been added).

Contributions are Welcome!

This initiative will be increasingly successful as more people from the finance community contribute. Presently, financial education materials are duplicated through separate efforts by individuals and organizations. This is particularly true for materials targeting the undergraduate level.

We hope to foster a community effort to create a set of finance education and course materials. Collaboration and attribution are managed through GitHub. In this way we can have tens and hundreds of people collaborating (each getting credit for their work), and thereby create unparalleled educational materials on many topics.

How to contribute.

You can contribute with very little knowledge of Git/GitHub, and no knowledge of R/Shiny. All you need is a GitHub account. We have posted a set of three video tutorials below which will help you get started.


We'll continue to add tutorials here to help make contributing easy. You can also get started with GitHub's excellent list of documentation.

If you are already familiar with Git/R/Shiny then feel free to jump in and add text and code!

File Structure

The file structure is organized first into subject folders (e.g. Corporate Finance), and then into presentation folders (e.g. capital_structure). Within each presentation folder, the actual presentation is in the .Rmd file (e.g. capital_structure.Rmd). This is the file you should change, and you can safely ignore all other files. The other files/folder are for deploying the presentation and apps, as well as css styling, etc.

Credit for Contributions

The great thing about using Git/GitHub is that you always get credit for contributions you make. Further, they are very easy to see, and link to in order to show others. You can provide a link to all your contributions to 5MinuteFinance, or to any contribution in particular (say you created a nice visualization you would like to show others). You can:

  1. Click "blame" on any file you can see the author of each line. For example, looking at the blame for the financial ratios presentation, we can see the contributions of each of the presentations 6 contributors.

  2. Click on any contributor and see each of their contributions. For example, user tnederlof has made a total of two commits. You can then click any commit to see the authors contribution.

Links to Presentations

Many of the presentations below are works-in-progress. Feel free to contribute fixes and new content.


A First Look at Risk | Mobile Friendly Version

Risk Over Time | Mobile Friendly Version

The VIX Index | Mobile Friendly Version

VVIX: The Vol of Vol | Mobile Friendly Version

Portfolio Finance

An Introduction to Portfolio Performance Measures | Mobile Friendly Version

Mean-Variance Portfolio Optimization | Mobile Friendly Version


The Goal of Financial Management | Mobile Friendly Version

Interest Compounding: EAR and APR | Mobile Friendly Version

The Balance Sheet Identity | Mobile Friendly Version

Corporate Finance

An Introduction to Financial Statements | Mobile Friendly Version

Financial Ratios | Mobile Friendly Version

Time Value of Money: Single Cash Flows | Mobile Friendly Version

Time Value of Money: Multiple Cash Flows | Mobile Friendly Version

Operating Cash Flow | Mobile Friendly Version

Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return | Mobile Friendly Version

Modified Internal Rate of Return | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction to Stock Valuation | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction to Bond Valuation | Mobile Friendly Version

The Capital Asset Pricing Model | Mobile Friendly Version

Modigliani and Miller Propositions | Mobile Friendly Version

Capital Structure | Mobile Friendly Version

The Weighted-Average Cost of Captital | Mobile Friendly Version

Dividends | Mobile Friendly Version

Loan Term, Rate, and Payment | Mobile Friendly Version


An Introduction to Correlation Coefficient | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction to the Uses of Monte Carlo Methods in Finance | Mobile Friendly Version

Trading and Market Structure

The Limit Order Book | Mobile Friendly Version

The Pairs Trade | Mobile Friendly Version


The Greeks | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction to Stock Options | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction to Option and Stock Strategies | Mobile Friendly Version

Black Scholes | Mobile Friendly Version

Varying Option Volatility | Mobile Friendly Version

Long Option Straddle | Mobile Friendly Version

Fixed Income and Other Debt


Duration | Mobile Friendly Version

Convexity | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction to US Treasury Securities | Mobile Friendly Version

US Treasury Debt Risk | Mobile Friendly Version

Exchange Traded Notes | Mobile Friendly Version

For What is the Yield-to-Maturity Used? | Mobile Friendly Version

Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange Arbitrage | Mobile Friendly Version

Foreign Exchange Markets | Mobile Friendly Version


An Introduction to Stock Investments | Mobile Friendly Version

An Introduction Stock Markets | Mobile Friendly Version

Short Selling Stock | Mobile Friendly Version

Exchange Traded Funds | Mobile Friendly Version

Leveraged Exchange Traded Funds | Mobile Friendly Version

Monetary Policy

FOMC Communications | Mobile Friendly Version


Cross Hedging | Mobile Friendly Version

Crude Oil Markets | Mobile Friendly Version