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BusinessWeek Offers Free Web Courses

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BusinessWeek is expanding its Web offerings with the launch of what it says will be the first of several free, online video courses.

In the first series, Inside Wall Street columnist Gene Marcial gives nine video lessons on investing in the stock market, dispensing such advice as "Buy the Losers" and "Follow the Insider."

Marcial, whos pulling from his book Gene Marcial's Seven Commandments of Stock Investing, will also pen a three-times-weekly stock-picking column on the site starting May 11. Advertisers rotating on the video course page include American Express, FedEx and SAS.

Future online courses will center on managing and small business topics.