Investing Success: Learn Keys From A Millionaire Investor!
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Investing Success: Learn Keys From A Millionaire Investor!

Learn insights to investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, ETF for retirement from a millionaire investor.
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  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5.5 hours on-demand audio
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand key investing concepts and how they can be applied in a real world setting.
  • How to make good choices when markets are up and when markets are down
  • Invest in company stocks with an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and risks that are involved.
  • Invest in Bonds with an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and risks that are involved.
  • Understand how cash investments fit in an overall portfolio.
  • Invest in real estate with an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and risks that are involved.
  • Understand Active and Index mutual fund strategies.
  • Evaluate mutual funds in terms of risk.
  • Comprehend the similarities and differences of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) compared to mutual funds.
  • Choose from core investment strategies such as value or contrarian investing, growth investing, and technical analysis.
  • Avoid the dangerous investment mistakes that can really damage your results.
  • Describe many different investment types from Mutual Fund Types, Stock Types, and Bond Types.
  • Determine if a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is a good alternative for them.
  • Understand Capital Gains and Capital Losses.
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of alternative investments such as investing in Precious Metals (Gold/Silver) and Collectibles.
  • Apply key action steps to reach your investment goals.
  • There are no prerequisites for the course or prior investment knowledge required just a desire to learn about investing and take control of your future.


Join over 5,000+ students in this top rated course!

Investing can be mastered by anyone and for those who really learn the key concepts and best practices they will be able to reach their most challenging financial goals and lead the life they dream about.

Unfortunately, many people do not receive the key educational information and best practices that make the difference between success and failure from a successful investor.


"I've taken several of Steve's courses now and they always provide value. I'm not done with this course (yet) but I've really enjoyed this one so far because it covers so many different things. You can tell that hes been there and done that and really knows what he's talking about!"- Tommy J

Not boring theory. You will learn practical tips and best practices from an instructor who started with nothing (Actually $10,000 in student loans living in a 1-bedroom apartment above the garbage cans) to building a million dollar investment portfolio. No inheritance or luck just good sound actions over the years that you will learn about in the course and can replicate for your own personal situation.

No get rich quick scheme or a course that is designed to sell you consulting services this course has one mission and that is all about sharing of experience and wisdom from a successful long-term investor and teaching you how you can apply it to your own goals and time horizon.

In this course you will learn all about:

  • How the current model of investing (The 3-legged Stool) is broken and how to succeed where others are doomed to fail.
  • Key investing concepts that successful investors understand.
  • Investing in a variety of assets class.
  • Investing in mutual funds and ETF.
  • Role of cash in your portfolio.
  • Investing in Stocks.
  • Investing in Bonds.
  • Investing in Real Estate.
  • Investing in other assets such as gold, silver, and collectibles
  • Understanding or risk and how to calculate your own risk profile.
  • Key investment mistakes to avoid that alone can make the difference between success and failure.

Top Udemy quality Instructor who has a corprate training and university teaching background and continues to be an active investor who will show you the way to success.

This is an awesome flagship course which means you get:

  • Hours and hours of video based lessons.
  • Lifetime access to the course so you get updates and new bonus lessons for FREE.
  • Quizzes that will test and confirm your knowledge.
  • Complete Follow-Along Guide you can print to aid in note taking and remembering what you learned.
  • Ability to participate in online discussions to share ideas with other students and get answers to your questions from the instructor who will answer every question.
  • Ask questions directly of the instructor and every one of those will also be answered.
  • 30 day money back guarantee-love the course or return it with Udemy easy no questions asked policy.

Disclaimer Note: This course is for educational and informational purposes only. There will be no recommending of any particular investments such as a particular stock or mutual fund as only you know what is right for your portfolio and your comfort with risk and volatility. Consult with a Professional for specific advice. Course is for education purposes only and instructor will have no liability related directly or indirectly to any loss or damage.

Investing can be fun and really fun when you do it well!

No risk to sign up and impact could be life-changing. Learn from my experience and rapidly move ahead faster with the knowledge I will share with you. Don't delay.

Please click the TAKE THIS COURSE button in the upper right corner and let's get started!

Many thanks and I appreciate your interest and hope to see you in the course!

-Steve Ballinger

Who is the target audience?
  • This investment course is great for a new investor who will learn many concepts that will help them to leap ahead.
  • Great also for an experienced investor who is looking to learn even more and take their results to a higher level.
  • Course is not designed for someone who is looking for a "Get Rich Quick" scheme or other questionable and unproven investing practice.
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Curriculum For This Course
115 Lectures
5 Lectures 31:09

Course overview and learn best practices on how to complete the course and ask questions!

Preview 04:56

While not super comfortable sharing a few financial statements, I know when I choose a Udemy course I look for instructors who have experience and proven success in what they teach. I feel very blessed to have this successful experience as I started with nothing. Very glad and thankful that I can share my expertise with you in this course.

Also, I love sharing what students and Udemy have said about me and very grateful for everyone in my courses. I strive to do my best in every lesson for you.

Thank you.

Steve B

Preview 2 pages

Time heals all wounds and in investing time can make all the differance.

Time Horizon: Your New Best Friend

Important to have a philospohy or motto to fall back on when markets are down or feel good about when your investments and markets are up. Learn about the instructors motto that has guided him for many years of success and see examples of others as you develop your own philosphy.

Importance Of Having An Investment Motto (Philosophy)

Many investors have relied on a 3-legged model for many years where you can expect to receive future income from. This lesson shows how two of the legs are really struggling and unreliable for most of us (Government Programs and Employer Pensions) and why we need to rely more on the 3rd leg and also beware of new 4th and 5th leg models.

Preview 11:03

Quiz: Introduction

Quiz: Introduction
2 questions
Key Investing Concepts
12 Lectures 01:31:56

Compounding and time is powerful in a scientific manner that Einstein recognized and almost magical for us regular investors. See examples of how compunding can work in this lesson.

Preview 06:22

Learn how to manage risk through a variety of assets and not put all your eggs in one basket.


I want my money now is at the heart of liquidity and learn contrarian ideas that has served the instructor well for long-term liquid growth.


Investment goals are a big part of your overall life goals particualry since they may fund some of your most audacious goals.

The Importance Of Investment Goals

Learn about the two primary investment philosophy's and beign to see where you may fit.

Active Trading Vs. Buy And Hold Investing

Understanding how different asset classes work when building your own portfolio is crucial so you can weather the storm over a long investment time horiozon and match up to your own views on risk

Introduction To Asset Classes

Why it is important even before you get real deep into investing and learn some unusual ways that the instructor contructs his emergecy fund too pull out an even better return on what is invested for emergfencies.

Create An Emergency Fund

Did you make money or lose money on your investment. Learn more in this lesson on Capital Gains.

Capital Gains: The Long And Short Of It

Learn why this is so important and is a core principal for anyone wanting to achieve financial independence, retire early, or reach other goals.

Automate Or You Won't Do It

How can this make a differnce in terms of what you keep and learn a secret concept for those who may want to retire early. Concepts in this lesson are universal but you would need to look into your own countries tax laws for specifc application.

Pre and Post Tax Investing

Risk is the other side of reward and cannot have one without the other. Very importnat to undersatnd the various risk types to look for no matter what type of investmnet you are considering.

Risk And Risk Types

Knowing the risk types is important but also very impoartant you underatsnd your own risk profile and how you would react to risk. Lesson will show an online tool you can use to calcualte your own risk profile for free.

How To Calculate Your Risk Profile

Quiz: Key Investing Concepts

Quiz: Key Investing Concepts
4 questions
Mutal Funds
15 Lectures 02:01:53

Learn the secret and how you can turn it to your advatage, Go ahead and guess. Soemthing related to expenses, loads or returns? Nope. Learn what it is here in this intersting lesson.

The Big Dirty Secret About Mutual Funds

Understand at its core what is a mutual fund and role it can play in your portfolio.

What Is A Mutual Fund Really

So many funds and so little time. How to choose? This lesson will give you the overview you need.

Mutual Fund Types

What is the differnce and what does it mean for us as investors.

Active Vs. Index Funds

Actually a relatively new fund type that many are buying into. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of these funds and how the instructor aproaches this option.

Target Date Funds
Understanding NAV

Learn a key to picking Stock and Bond mutual funds and how to read and fully underastnd the style box!

Mutual Fund Style Box
Load Vs, No Load Mutual Funds

Expenses eat at your final return and this lesson goes into the different types of expenses to look out for and where to find them using a screen-cast of some examples.

Preview 08:53

Not just a basket of holdings but actually a Mutal Fund that is comprised of other Mutual Funds.

Mutual Fund Of Funds (FOF)

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Fund of Funds (FOF).

Fund Of Funds (FOF) Advantages and Disadvantages

Example of what to look for if a mutual fund is a Fund made up of other Funds (FOF)

Fund Of Funds (FOF) Example

Not really a mutual fund and not really an indiividual stock or bond learn how this relatively new investment prodcut is reapidly growing.

ETF: Exchange Traded Funds

See what a successful investor looks for when buying a mutual fund. Not a receomndation of any particualr fund or investment style but learn best practices that can help you with your own choices.

What I Look For When Buying A Mutual Fund

Example Comparing Mutual Funds To Their Category And Index

Demo Comparing Mutual Funds To Their Category And Index
Quiz: Mutual Funds
Quiz: Mutual Funds
4 questions
Cash Investments
1 Lecture 07:00
Role Of Cash (Cash Is King)


Quiz: Cash
1 question
8 Lectures 52:36

What is a company stock and the differnce between common stock and prefered stock.

What Is A Company Stock Really

Stocks can be great but need to undersatnd the advantegs and disadvanteges when purchasing these investments.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Stocks

The long-term return of stocks is impressive and out paces inflation. Visually see the ups and downs and what it means for investors.

Stock Market Historical Returns

Do you like dividends? How about investing in companies that also may be doing a turnaround. Think the word contrarian sounds cool? learn all about value investing here.

Preview 05:22

Like a top performaer that will continue to rocket up? Then you are ntersted in the growth investing startegy.

Growth Investing Strategy

If you think fundamentals is over-rated and like a nice chart and trends then you will liek this lesson on technical analysis.

Technical Analysis Investing Startegy

Investing in stocks that pay a dividend give you a great 1-2 punch. Potential price apreciation and quarterly income from the dividends. Learn more in this lesson and how to choose dividend paying stocks.

Dividend Stock Investing

See what a successful investor looks for when buying company stock. Not a recommendation of any particular stock or investment style but learn the best practices that can help you with your own choices.

How I Buy Stocks

Stocks Quiz

Quiz: Stocks
4 questions
5 Lectures 28:52

At its core what is a bond?

What Is A Bond Really

Learn more about bonds and their advanteges and disadvanteges so you can see where they fit in your portfolio.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Bonds

There is confusing array of bond types and names. This lesson boils it down into an undersatandable format that will help you with your enxt bond or bond fund selection.

Types Of Bonds And How Each Can Help You

A strategy to reduce risk and generate income using bonds. Partuicularly key for anyone looking for a regualr income stream such as in retiremernt.

Bond Ladder Investment Strategy

See what a successful investor looks for when buying bonds. Not a recommendation of any particular bond or mutal fund or investment style but learn best practices that can help you with your own choices.

How I Select Bonds For My Portfolio

Quiz Bonds

Quiz: bonds
4 questions
Real Estate
4 Lectures 27:13

Yes and no. It is an asset you hope will appreciate in value but do you live in an investment?

Is My Home An Investment?

See what a successful investor looks for when buying a home. What are the key best practices that consider not only current enjoyment in the home but an eye for a future sale.

What I Look For When Buying A Home

Like a dividend stock rental properties can provide current income along with future price appreciation. Understand the advantages and disadvantages before you become a real estate mogul or landlord.

Rental Properties

REIT can give you great income and a very liquid way to become involved with real estate without all the headaches of tenants calling you at 3 am in the morning with a problem.

REIT: Real Estate Investment Trusts

Quiz Real Estate

Quiz: Real Estate
4 questions
Other Investment Types
2 Lectures 06:07

Learn where this type of investment can fit as a hedge against inflation.

Precious Metals: Gold, Silver, Etc...

Is your hobby actually an investment. What are the factors involved when investing in collectibles.


Quiz: Other Investment Types

Quiz: Other Investment Types
2 questions
Volatility And Market Movement
3 Lectures 18:09

Be happy the markets are up and so are your investments but what do you do now and mistakes to avoid.

Preview 04:54

Nice when markets are up but what about when they are way down and so are the bulk of your investments. Do you sell? Do you stay the course? Learn from an instructor who has experienced significant market declines and the startegies to see them through.

What To Do When Markets Go Down

Turn your losses into less of a loss by using this tax advnatge stratgy. Silver lining when you sell a loser the right way. Like any tax startegy concept is sound as it relates to capital gains and capital losses but look to your own countires tax laws for specifc application.

Harvesting Losses Strategy
Quiz: Volatility and Market Movement
Quiz: Volatility and Market Movement
2 questions
Key Mistakes To Avoid
5 Lectures 27:52

Its true. What does this mean for us the successful investor and how can we avoid that fate?

Why Many Rich People Live Paycheck To Paycheck...And How You Can Avoid That

Don't fall into the trap that your neighbor or the blowhard at the office is really an investing genius. They probably are not and thier advice can do real damage to your portfolio.

Carefull: People Talk About Winners But Not Losers

Invest in what you know is a good investing maxim and what do you know better than your own company but beware when you invest in your own company and the compunding of problems that can lead to disaster.

Curse Of The Employer Stock And Diversification

Smart folks on the Television know all about what is best for you right? Nope. Learn how your instructor made a big mistake easrly in investing career by litening to the entertainers I mean experts in the media. Do they care about you as an indivudal or is it more about ratings?

Listening to Television, Magazines, And Internet

You need money to fuel your investments and to reach your goals and comparing ourselves to others and needing to spend on material things saps our resources as demonstrated in this old saying. Don;t live like a pauper but keep your eye on the investment ball and your future.

Who Are The Jones's And Why Do We Try To Keep Up With Them

Quiz: Key Mistakes To Avoid

Quiz: Key Mistakes To Avoid
3 questions
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