Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Introduction To Investing

Whether you have $1,000 or $1,000,000 in savings, education is the key to empowering yourself to take charge of your financial future.
In this course you will learn about the different broad investment choices you have available. Specifically, you will learn how the stock market works, how to evaluate stocks, bonds and options and how to build and manage a well balanced portfolio of investments.
Before we jump in, please understand that this course is not about getting rich quickly; this course is about getting rich slowly.
The 3 steps to growing rich through a lifetime of savings and prudent investing decisions are:
  • Getting a basic investing education which is why you enrolled in this course
  • Practice investing with a virtual portfolio
  • A personalized investment plan and a patient, disciplined approach to implement your plan
So, please resist any offers from “investment gurus” who promise to make you a million dollars in the next year. With this Investing 101 Course, you will understand how money and wealth are generated from investing over time and by balancing risk with potential returns.
By the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding and have built a solid foundation for investing your hard earned money and taking control of your financial future.
Never again will you be dependent on an investment advisor, investment institution or a family member to make investing decisions for you. And in this economic climate, why would you ever want to?

1-01 Understanding Investment Choices

1-02 Bank and Credit Union Products

1-03 Certificates of Deposit (CDs)

1-04 Stocks

1-05 Mutual Funds

1-06 ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds)

1-07 Bonds

1-08 Gold and Other Precious Metals

1-09 Foreign Currency and Foreign Stocks

1-10 Real Estate

1-11 Recent Performance of Investments

1-12 Understand Risk and Investing

1-13 Resources

Chapter 1 Exam