Basic Investing Concepts
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Basic Investing Concepts

Learn about Basic Investing Concepts such as investment objectives, risk-return trade-off and investment strategies.
4.0 (327 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
9,361 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2016
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Price: Free
  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Determine Your Investment Objectives
  • Understand The Risk-Return Trade-Off
  • Understand The Various Investment Strategies
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This is an introductory course on basic investing concepts. Learn about the following investing concepts:

  • Investment objectives
  • Risk-return trade-off
  • Investment strategies

Sub-concepts include:

  • What you need to know before investing
  • Understanding your investment objectives
  • Understanding your investment horizon
  • Life Stages of an individual
  • Market risk vs specific risk
  • Return on investment
  • Portfolio Diversification
  • Asset Allocation
  • Market Timing
  • Constraints on Investment Strategies
Who is the target audience?
  • working adults
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Curriculum For This Course
3 Lectures 06:51

In this lecture, we provide an introduction to this module and its objectives.

Introduction and Objectives

In this Lecture, find out more about MoneySENSE's core financial capabilities:

  • Understanding Money
  • Understanding yourself, your rights and responsibilities
  • Managing everyday money
  • Planning ahead
  • Selecting financial products
MoneySENSE Core Financial Capabilities Framework

In this lecture, we consider reasons why people invest. We also look briefly at stock market returns and present some things you need to know before investing.

Why Do We Invest?
Basic Investing Concepts
3 Lectures 19:25

In this lecture, we look at the different investment objectives for people in different life stages. We also cover the important concept of Investment Horizon.

Investment Objectives

In this lecture, we consider the difference between Market Risk and Specific Risk. We also consider the concept of Return On Investment. This is followed by a simple calculation example.

Risk and Return

In this lecture, we consider the concept of Risk Tolerance. Risk Tolerance include factors such as Commitments, Capital, Investment Horizon, Future Commitments and Number Of Dependents.

Risk Tolerance
Investment Strategies
3 Lectures 13:41

In this lecture we consider two important concepts, namely, Asset Allocation and Diversification. Both factors are important when making investment choices.

Diversification and Asset Allocation

In this lecture, we look at various factors that we need to consider when deciding on your asset allocation. These include Risk Profile, Current and Expected Market Conditions, Investment Horizon, Investment Objectives and Asset Mix.

Asset Allocation Factors

In this lecture, we look at more investing strategies such as Dollar Cost Averaging, Market Timing and Constraints on your investment strategies.

Dollar Cost Averaging, Market Timing and Constraints
2 Lectures 01:44
The Cautious Investor
5 questions

In this lecture, we conclude this module on Basic Investing Concepts.


This lecture contains links to additional resources where you can learn more about money matters pertaining specially to Singaporeans.

Additional Resources
About the Instructor
Institute for Financial Literacy
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The MoneySENSE-Singapore Polytechnic Institute for Financial Literacy is a collaboration between MoneySENSE, the national financial education programme in Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic.

MoneySENSE is spearheaded by the public-sector Financial Education Steering Committee which comprises representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Manpower, Central Provident Fund Board, Monetary Authority of Singapore, National Library Board and People’s Association.

Our financial education courses cover basic money management, financial planning and investment know-how.

Peggy Chan
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Peggy Chan, Financial Literacy Trainer, Institute for Financial Literacy


Peggy has 8 years of experience in the financial services industry, helping clients understand their financial needs, objectives and risk tolerance as well as reviewing company policies and procedures to ensure compliance. She was also an adjunct lecturer with a Polytechnic, teaching insurance and retirement planning subjects.

Prior to joining the financial services sector, Peggy was working in the information technology sector for 13 years, first in a government agency and subsequently served as a Senior Systems Analyst in an international bank.

She is a Certified Financial Planner, which is a professional certification specific to retirement planning and wealth accumulation in addition to overall financial planning.

Peggy has a Masters of Science, majoring in Network Management. She also holds other industry certification in M5, M8, M8A, M9 and HI.