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Investing is not as difficult as you think; we will show you how. (Speculating and trading are very, very difficult; we can't help you with those. Sorry.) After you have taken this course, you will have a strong foundation of the most important financial investments. We cover stocks, bonds, mutual funds, short-term investments (a.k.a. "cash"), hybrid instruments, and a few others. We want to emphasize that this is an introduction class. You do not need any prior investment experience. We start from the very beginning with the question, "What is an Investment?" Come join us! (http://www.wonderprofessor.com)

BUS-123: Introduction to Investments Southwestern College

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Investing is not as difficult as you think; we will show you how. (Speculating and trading are very, very difficult; we can't help you with those. Sorry.) After you have taken this course, you will have a strong foundation of the most important financial investments. We cover stocks, bonds, mutual funds, short-term investments (a.k.a. "cash"), hybrid instruments, and a few others. We want to emphasize that this is an introduction class. You do not need any prior investment experience. We start from the very beginning with the question, "What is an Investment?" Come join us! (http://www.wonderprofessor.com)

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    Chapter 1 - Introduction: What is an Investment? - Slides 1 to 14

    Chapter 1 - Introduction: What is an Investment? - Slides 1 to 14

    This initial presentation is a gentle introduction to the concept of investing. You do not need any prior investment experience. Forget everything that you have heard from the talking heads on television and your brother-in-law, the self-anointed financial wizard. We start from the very beginning with the simple question, "What is an investment?"

    • 56 min
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    Chapter 1 - An Overview of the Investment Universe - Slides 15 to 34

    Chapter 1 - An Overview of the Investment Universe - Slides 15 to 34

    What are the major investment asset classes? What returns can we reasonably expect from each over the long term? What risks are involved with each investment type? This presentation will answer these preliminary questions about the major investment types from general perspective. (Relax. We will get into the details about each as the course progresses. For now, make sure you understand what is in the presentation.)

    • 43 min
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    Chapter 1 - Risk versus Return - Slides 35 to 54

    Chapter 1 - Risk versus Return - Slides 35 to 54

    Here it is! The entire semester in a nutshell. This session goes into detail about the relationship between risk and return. We cover the widely used, yet imperfect measurement for risk, standard deviation, and show how historically, the investments with the highest rates of return have demonstrated the greatest risk. Do you want to eat well or do you want to sleep well?

    • 45 min
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    Chapter 1 - Short-term Investments - Slides 55 to 73

    Chapter 1 - Short-term Investments - Slides 55 to 73

    Short-term investments are often simply referred to as cash. These instruments are very liquid and safe, often guaranteed. They should be used only when you need your money soon, within a year or so, maybe up to 2 or even 3 years for some people. Although they are usually thought of as risk-free, there are indeed risks when placing money in short-term investments. This session will help you learn when -- and when not -- to use short-term investments

    • 48 min
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    Chapter 4 - Introduction to Mutual Funds - Slides 1 to 20

    Chapter 4 - Introduction to Mutual Funds - Slides 1 to 20

    In the future, if you are an employee in the United States, there is a strong probability that you will be presented with an employer-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or some other similar program. The vast majority of these plans use mutual funds as their investment vehicles. For this reason, it is important for you to understand mutual funds, even if you hire someone to make your mutual fund choices. This session introduces the basics of mutual funds. In later sessions, we will discuss fees and costs, types of mutual funds, and choosing a mutual fund.

    • 48 min
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    Chapter 4 - Fees, Expenses, and Class Shares, Oh My! - Slides 21 to 40

    Chapter 4 - Fees, Expenses, and Class Shares, Oh My! - Slides 21 to 40

    How do mutual funds earn their money? Many investors do not understand the ways that mutual charge for their services. After this presentation, you are going to understand how the mutual funds charge you. You may not like it but at least you will understand it. And since it is very likely that most all of us will be mutual funds investors at one time or another -- maybe most of our adult lives -- it is important for us to understand how the mutual funds are charging us.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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