Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing
We quickly and completely cover the basics of investing in only about 40 minutes. If you want honest, objective information about investing, this is your course. It’s also geared to people who want to start investing now! We define what stocks, bonds and mutual funds are. In addition, we cover risk and return, two key investing concepts. We cover ethical/social/environmental investing, providing expert-level instruction on these topics. We show returns generated by various types of investments from 1801 to 2011. We show you how to use various techniques to invest in stocks and bonds at low or no cost. Finally, we describe some of the best mutual funds in the marketplace. Our lecture provides the rationale for both investing and for social investing.
Background of the Instructor
What is Investing?
A short video defining investing.
We answer the question: "Why do people invest?"
What is Ethical/Social/Environmental Investing
We describe what is known as "Ethical/Environmental/Social" investing.
Risk and Return
Risk is the probability of loss. This is a quick lecture on risk.
We define "investment's return."
What is a stock, bond and mutual fund?
Here we define "what is a stock?"
Here we answer the question "what is a bond?"
A definition of a mutual fund and net asset value.
More on social investing
- What is Ethical/SRI/ESG/CSR Investing?
How to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds
Using direct purchase programs to invest in stocks
Using TreasuryDirect to invest in bonds.
Investing in mutual funds
Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund Investor Shares (VFTSX)
The Diversity Fund
Summary and additional links
Google Finance: https://www.google.com/finance