102: Basic Investing Principles

This is part of the Introduction to Investing course.

Introduction to Investing

Now that you’ve decided you want to invest your money , the next step is learning the basics. The stock market and investing can seem rather daunting but once you have an understanding of how it works, and get familiar with basic concepts you will be on your way to being an informed investor.

Anyone can invest and everyone should. We’ll walk you through the process so you can start making your money work for you. In this class we explain the basics of simple investing, and give you the tools you need to succeed.

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Lesson 1: Economics 101: How to Calculate Opportunity Cost

Opportunity cost is what you give up when you choose between options. No matter what we choose, there is a next best choice that we give up, that is the opportunity cost. We want to minimize our opportunity cost by choosing the option that benefits us most- risk vs. reward, cost vs. quality, salary vs. qualtiy of life.

Lesson 2: Are You Timing the Market?

When should you put your money into the market? When should you pull it out? Is there a best and worst time? Are you timing the market? If you are timing the market according to headlines, you're doing it wrong. We'll show you the correct way to time the market. 

Lesson 3: What the F**k is Dollar Cost Averaging?

Dollar cost averaging takes the fear out of investing. Today we'll explain what it is and how it benefits you whether you have $5 to start with or $1000.

Lesson 4: Inflation vs Deflation and Why It Matters

Inflation vs deflation and what benefits to knowing? We'll explain the basics and what you need to know to make sure your money keeps pace.

Lesson 5: How Stocks, Bonds, and Funds Work

We'll discuss a boring subject, how stocks, bonds, and funds work but make it less boring by using Arrested Development to illustrate our points!

Lesson 6: Investment Types: An Illustrated Guide

The only thing more important than investing is understanding what you invest in. With a solid understanding of investment types, it won't be a gamble.

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