Deep Understanding

The course includes an extensive range of topics, to develop a comprehensive understanding of how investing and wealth management works.

Your Situation

The course is about improving your individual situation. We lead you through a self-examination of your current financial situation, identify what to change and how.


The course teaches non-professional investors the tools and the knowledge you need to take control of how your wealth is managed and invested.

No Prior Knowledge

The course starts from the beginning and moves quickly to covers a lot of material, without being overly complicated or mathematical.

About Dr Sam Wylie

Dr Sam Wylie is Director of Windlestone Education and an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne, winning Melbourne Business School’s Teaching Excellence Award seven times.

Sam’s research and consulting is focused on banking, wealth management and the GFC. As well as publishing a regular Newsletter, his commentary appears regularly in the Australian Financial Review and on national radio and television.

Course structure

Finance Education for Investors consists of 24 hours of classes, delivered over 4 weeks. The Free Introductory Session provides a preview of the course material and an opportunity to ask Sam any questions before enrolling.

Melbourne Course

Date: 26 October – 7 December
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Melbourne Business School, Carlton
Cost: $1120 +GST ($1790 +GST for couples)

Classes are held over 4 Saturdays, with short breaks for morning and afternoon tea, and a lunch hour.

Free Introductory Session

Date: Thursday 28 March
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Perth Course

Date: 22 October – 14 November
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: University of Western Australia, Crawley
Cost: $1120 +GST ($1790 +GST for couples)

Classes are held on 8 evenings over 4 weeks, including a short tea break, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Free Introductory Session

Date: Thursday 24 September
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Everyday I use something I learned in Sam Wylie’s course.
— Jehrom Clift
The course I took with Sam in 2009 was one of my best investments. He has incredible knowledge and a rare ability to present in a way that is entertaining, relevant and memorable.
— Adam Trippe-Smith
Sam’s teaching is unbelievably far reaching in a complex financial world.
— Vincent Tackoen

 What you will learn

Finance Education for Investors is all about improving your individual situation. We lead investors through a self-examination of your current situation to identify what needs to change and how. No prior knowledge of finance is required.


A ‘value’ investment philosophy and a highly practical process for achieving your investment goals.


The essentials of investment: portfolio allocations, diversification, risk management, liquidity management, leverage and more.


Tools for assessing the competency of your financial adviser and managing the relationship with your adviser.


How to avoid investment traps.


The fundamentals of stocks, property, fixed income and other investments.


How to understand and navigate the GFC.


The fundamentals of family trusts, corporate trustees, self-managed super funds, estate planning, tax planning, etc.


A guided and structured self-review of your current wealth management situation and how to improve it.


Sam’s Newsletter

Sam regularly publishes articles discussing current events in the world of finance and business strategy using the language and concepts developed in the course. Particular emphasis is given to wealth management, banking, corporate finance, financial markets and the GFC.