Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing
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Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing

A quick guide to investing, with a focus on impact/responsible/ethical/social investing.
3.6 (26 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
103 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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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?
Requirements
  • General knowledge of the internet
Description

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.
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 34:16
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:58

Introduction

Course outline

Background of the Instructor

Preview 01:58
+ Why Invest
1 lecture 00:35

We answer the question: "Why do people invest?"

Preview 00:35
+ Risk and Return
2 lectures 02:52

Risk is the probability of loss. This is a quick lecture on risk.

Preview 01:51

We define "investment's return."

Preview 01:01
+ What is a stock, bond and mutual fund?
3 lectures 04:00

Here we define "what is a stock?"

Preview 00:52

Here we answer the question "what is a bond?"

Preview 01:28

A definition of a mutual fund and net asset value.

Mutual Fund
01:40
+ More on social investing
1 lecture 02:50
  • What is Ethical/SRI/ESG/CSR Investing?
What is screening? exclusion? shareholder activism? positive investing?
02:50
+ How to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds
3 lectures 12:38

Using direct purchase programs to invest in stocks

Investing in stocks
02:47

Using TreasuryDirect to invest in bonds.

Investing in bonds
03:47

Investing in mutual funds

Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund Investor Shares (VFTSX)

Diversification

The Diversity Fund

Investing in mutual funds
06:04
+ Summary and additional links
1 lecture 06:20

Google Finance: https://www.google.com/finance

http://investor.gov/investing-basics

http://investor.gov/investing-basics/investment-products/stocks

http://investor.gov/investing-basics/investment-products/bonds

Summary and additional links
06:20