Growing Your Future: Financial Investment Tips for Women
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Growing Your Future: Financial Investment Tips for Women

Learn the basics of the stock market and change your financial future.
4.5 (7 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.
27 students enrolled
Created by C L Edmonds
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 1. Identify the benefits of investing in stocks vs. savings accounts
  • 2. Describe the difference between investing and trading
  • 3. Get in the “game”: learn the language of investing
  • 4. Make friends with risk
  • 5. Create rules of thumb for making investment decisions
  • 6. Discover the elements of a diversified portfolio
  • 7. Know where to go for more investing information
  • 8. Think about your financial future with a different set of skills
  • 9. Take ACTION!
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  • Students need an open mind, curiosity and Internet access to take this course. No skill in investing is needed.

My goal is to help other women become confident and competent income investors.

Have you been wanting to explore investing in the stock market but just don't know how to get started? Does the stock market seem scary and risky especially when the market goes up and down for no logical reason? This course is tailored for you if you have little or no experience with investing and may have some fear about trying to invest in the stock market.

Even if you only have a small amount of money to invest, take this course and learn what alternatives you have for doing more with your money. This course was designed for busy women who want to learn as much as they can in a short time and then decide if the stock market is a place to invest.

You'll learn about the different tools needed to invest as well as concrete examples of stock portfolio possibilities. You'll learn some of the jargon and language used in investing that helps you build confidence and begin to navigate the world of online brokerage accounts. Besides a series of lectures, you'll have many other references and resources for additional learning through websites, books, articles and video presentations.

You'll get the BASICS of stock market investing from someone who has learned it herself through 15 years of studying and applying the ideas in this course. The sooner you get started with your investing strategy, the sooner you can see the effects of compounding and the dramatic effect it can have on your future financial fitness.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is best suited for women who have an interest in learning how to invest but have little or no experience investing in the stock market. The ideal student may also be fearful of investing—that’s OK. We’ll move through all the lectures with thoroughly explained concepts backed up by examples and references. This Part I course is NOT for an experienced investor.
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Financial future with a different set of skills
3 Lectures 04:37

Learn why women are naturally good at investing when they have the tools and knowledge.

Preview 02:07

Not only will the course give you the basics but many additional resources are part of the lecture series and can be studied for more in-depth background including a nonprofit organization for the DIY investor.

Preview 01:29
First things First
4 Lectures 08:58

Investing is about making money. How do you think about money? Can your fears stop you from investing?

Preview 03:50

Investing is very different from trading. And being an investor is different than being a trader.

Preview 02:39

You should be able to describe what a CD ladder is and why it might be a better alternative to a general savings account.

Saving as Investing

This is the first step in understanding dividends and how important they are to an income investor.

Jargon Alert: Company Profits
Getting the Language
3 Lectures 03:27

The stock market can seem like an irrational place to put your money--learn the mantra to calm your fears.

Crazy Stock Market

Bull and bear markets are part of the jargon of investing.

Jargon Alert: Bull Markets

You will be able to describe what compounding is and why it is so important to an income investment strategy.


Beginning Investing
4 questions
Now for the Fundamentals
8 Lectures 09:58

What is the stock market?

There are entities called stock exchanges that allow buyers and sellers to trade shares of stock in companies registered for public trading.

Buying shares of a company's stock means you own part of a business.

Investing Alternatives

Mutual funds are only one way to invest in the stock market. Also resources for picking a mutual fund.

Mutual Funds

Most of the time, owning an asset has some tax consequence with America's IRS.

Jargon Alert: Capital Gains

Find out the difference between mutual funds and exchange traded funds-ETF's.

9 questions to ask before investing in ETF's.

Exchange Traded Funds-ETFs

Learn about Blue Chip stocks.

These are usually giant companies with solid reputations—like General Electric, Intel, Visa, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, and Disney. They are typically worth billions, are market leaders and probably a household name.


A story about diversification risk.

Who or What is Enron?

Learn about the importance of dividends to an income investing strategy.

Study the list of Dividend Aristocrats as possible portfolio positions.


Review all the items covered so far in the course.

Review the Fundamentals

Investing Fundamentals
4 questions
Risk and Reward
4 Lectures 08:46

How much risk can you tolerate?

Learn the Rules of Thumb to be a "sleep at night investor".

Minimizing Risk

Consider using financial newsletters to help you learn about the stock market through research done by a third party.

Getting Advice

Most stock buying, selling and managing a portfolio is done through online brokerage firms.

Finding a Broker

Learn about another way to make money that is TRADING rather than INVESTING.

Getting Results

Getting Started
4 questions
About the Instructor
C L Edmonds
4.5 Average rating
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27 Students
1 Course
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My goal is to help other women become confident and competent income investors.

I am a positive, energetic leader and manager with over 30 years experience in high tech, small business, and nonprofit organizations. I have a BA in Psychology with a minor in Industrial Engineering. My past includes working with Hewlett Packard in engineering, project management and marketing positions. Ten years ago, I left the corporate world and developed expertise in social enterprise, impact measurement and pro bono recruitment services. I have founded small businesses and been an Executive Director for a nonprofit educational consortium for the nation's leading schools for the blind. Since 2011, I have worked as a nonprofit consultant and project manager in Portland, OR after living in China for a year, teaching English at an engineering university. I have diverse interests including investing, gardening, traveling and designing fashions from upcycled materials.