Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing
What you'll learn
- Answer all of the questions below:
- What is Investing?
- What is Ethical/SRI/ESG/CSR Investing?
- Why Invest?
- Risk and Reward
- What Is a Stock?
- What Is a Bond?
- What Is a Mutual Fund?
- What is a return?
- What is screening? exclusion? shareholder activism? positive investing?
- General knowledge of the internet
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.
Who this course is for:
- This introductory course is for those seeking to learn more about investing in general and ethical/environmental/social investing in particular.
- If you have a billion dollar portfolio, this is probably not the class for you.
William Michael Cunningham is currently a Capstone student advisor in the Real Estate Program at Georgetown University. A strong advocate for the integration of human values in finance, he involves his students in developing new ways to combine social values and investing. His professional interests focus on environmental, social and governance investing, socially responsible investing and community development investing, and his current projects include writing books on crowdfunding, and writing about the impact of the financial crisis on communities of color. Mr. Cunningham serves as Managing Partner for National Crowdfunding Services, and is owner of Creative Investment Research. He is the author of two books on crowdfunding and received his MBA in Finance and a Masters in Economics from the University of Chicago.