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About This Course

This course is a collection of everything I have learned about analyzing stocks & businesses from reading, watching, and listening to everything investing related, as well as from my own experience with investing, and from that of others.


This is the same information and process I use for analyzing my own investments (such as seen on Substack or YouTube). The best example of applying this work may be my analysis on a new company Cardlytics acquired, Bridg, as well as analyzing POS venders like Toast, Square, NCR, and PAR (Substack Write-UpYouTube VideoApple PodcastSpotify Podcast).


This is also the same information and process I use when others use my investment consulting services to analyze new investments, review existing analysis, or analyze specific company situations and developments.


Where possible, I provide links to resources, as well as use actual companies as examples (such as Cardlytics and Carvana).


What Can You Expect to Learn?

  • Best Resources for Analyzing Stocks and Businesses (with links and examples)

  • How to Use Opportunity Cost to Analyze New and Existing Ideas

  • Analyzing the Competition (the single best question, what to look for, reasons you must analyze the competition, best reason to do so)

  • The Most Important Metrics (what to avoid, the most important metric)

  • Conducting Field Research

  • Rational Capital Allocation, CEO / Management Effectiveness and Incentives

  • Characteristics of Growth

  • Characteristics for Long Runway

  • Great Business Qualities

  • Mental Models

How is the Price of the Course Determined?

To put the cost of this course in perspective:

  • One college course can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $7,500+

  • One new idea could be the difference in earnings significant amounts of money

  • One new insight could be the difference in finding better investments, leading to earnings significant amounts of money, especially when it is repeated over many years

  • One new lessons or insight could save you from making a single mistake that saves you substantial sums of money, especially if it saves you from making that same mistake continually over many years

  • Small increases in investing returns compounded over long periods of time leads to significant differences in wealth, and therefore there is a high value on learning about investing.

  • Better performance is not guaranteed. Avoiding losses or negative returns is not guaranteed. This is for educational purposes only.


This collection of information took years to collect, think through, and refine. The information is valuable to me, and not information I would like to give away for free. Therefore, I need to charge a sufficient amount to make it worth selling. Additionally, I will likely increase the price over time, and someday no longer to sell to keep the information more private to myself.

Is This Course Right for You?

  • You want to know how, or learn more about how to analyze stocks and business to make more accurate investment decisions

  • You want to learn how I assess and analyze businesses in-depth

  • You want to learn new ways and new resources for analyzing investments

  • You want to find good investments

  • You want to assess your current investments

  • You want to minimize your mistakes and losses

  • You already own stocks/businesses

  • You have never purchased a single stock/business, but want to, and want to know how to analyze before purchasing

  • You only own index funds or mutual funds, but want to start investing in individual stocks, but want to learn more on how to assess and analyze businesses before purchasing

  • You invest in real estate and want to own stocks/business

About Austin Swanson


I'm Austin Swanson, aka "Swany407". I invest in public companies. I have a passion for understanding what makes certain companies succeed and fail, past and present, and look to use that knowledge to make investment decisions. 

I also own residential real estate properties, both single family and multi-family, and focus on NNN and absolute net commercial properties.

I have degrees in mathematics and actuarial science, and have obtained actuarial credentials of FSA, CERA, and MAAA.


Example Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you create this course?

I recognized a large gap between the current stock/business investing courses out there and the level of quality and information that I felt they should have.


I wanted to be able to provide that level of quality and information, and in the format of a course with video lessons. This way all the information could be consumed in one place (rather than across many different books, websites, podcasts, videos, etc), and learned much quicker and easier (compared to the years of reading, watching, and listening to content and buying, holding, and selling investments).


When does the course start and end?

This course is self-paced, allowing you to start and stop as you choose.


How long do I have access to the course?

Once enrolled, you will have lifetime access to this course.


Are there refunds?

Given the immediate access to the course, and the ability to copy and download the course content, refunds cannot be offered.


We are not CPAs, attorneys, insurance agents, real estate agents, or financial advisors. The information in these videos shall not be construed as tax, legal, insurance, real estate, or financial advice. If you need such advice, please contact a qualified CPA, attorney, insurance agent, or financial advisor. 

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