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Investing 101: Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds


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  • 6
    Lessons
  • 8
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 4
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.4
    CEUs
  • 5,298
    Students
    have taken this course
 
 
 
 
 

Course Description

This course will help you demystify the stock market and start making money!  Everyone yes, everyone is sure to find something suitable in the stock market to invest in. It doesn't matter if you are looking for a very safe investment to protect your nest egg or a risky investment with a huge potential to make a killing! Everyone finds themselves along that spectrum and will discover that the stock market has investments for people who want to protect their savings and for people who want to grow their savings.

The stock market can be confusing. Using examples, actual stories from real investment advisers, and lists of great online resources, each lesson builds on the last to give you the clarity needed to understand investments. By the time you're done with this course, you'll have found a few investments you can enjoy and you'll be able to start investing right away with the assurance that you know what you're doing.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~Benjamin Franklin
 
This beginner's course on investing starts with some foundational instruction about the economy and how the stock market fits into the economy. Then it talks about your financial portfolio and the things you need to know about yourself to help build your portfolio. Between the economy lesson and the portfolio lesson, be on your way to easily answering the question what should I buy and when should I sell?

But this class delves even further into the world of investments: each lesson takes you through different types of investments: stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. learn how each one works, how to choose good ones and when to sell them. Finally, learn about additional techniques and investments you can make that will help you to balance and diversify your portfolio.

By the time you're finished this class, you'll have found a few investments you can enjoy and you'll be able to start investing right away with the assurance that you know what you're doing.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: General Economic and Market Information

We will begin with a general lesson on the economy. We will go over the four phases of an economic cycle and how inflation plays a role. We will then examine the stock market and go over the differences between exchanges and indexes, and the role of broke 27 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete Assignment: What Mystifies Me...
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1- Introduction to the Economy

Lesson 2: Building an Investment Portfolio

In this lesson we will go over your financial and investment portfolios and what should be included. The two types of investment along with the risk/reward ratio will also be discussed. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2- Building an Investment Portfolio

Lesson 3: Common and Preferred Stocks

In this lesson topics are covered that will help you understand stocks, which stocks to buy, when to sell, and how to make money on the stocks you decide to buy. Dividends, the market price, leading indicators and coincident indicators are also presented 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3- Common and Preferred Stocks

Lesson 4: Bond and Other Fixed Income Securities Information

In this lesson we will go over Bonds and the benefits of other fixed income securities. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Bond Basics: How do I buy bonds?; Learn about U.S. Savings Bonds
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4- Understanding Bonds

Lesson 5: Mutual Funds

In this lesson we will focus on mutual funds covering topics that will include: how to invest in mutual funds, why invest in mutual funds, how to make money with mutual funds, and strategies/ tips for success. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Mutual Funds
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5- Mutual Funds

Lesson 6: Other Investments

In this lesson we will focus on the Commodities Market and other types of investments. Topics covered will include the commodities Market vs. stock market, futures, options, and how to make money with other types of investments. 215 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6- Other Investments
  • Complete: Final Exam
367
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the general economy.
  • Describe how to build an investment portfolio.
  • Compare and contrast common and preferred stocks.
  • Know bond and other fixed income securities information.
  • Describe the pros and cons of investing in mutual funds.
  • Describe other, more risky investment options, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Investing 101: Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
Course Number: 8900061
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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