Investing 101: How to Start Investing in 4 Simple Steps
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Investing 101: How to Start Investing in 4 Simple Steps

How to beat 90% of "expert" investors, save thousands in taxes, build wealth, & retire early (with just 1 hour per year)
4.5 (40 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.
1,501 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Beat 90% of investment professionals without any prior knowledge about investing or the stock market
  • Understand the wealth-building techniques of America's millionaires
  • Which investment vehicle is best for building long-term wealth (mutual fund vs. index fund vs. ETF)
  • Learn about the different types of investment vehicles (stocks, bonds, real estate)
  • How to save $100,000+ in taxes by choosing the appropriate investment account
  • Build your own investment portfolio from scratch
  • Know the risk/reward trade-off between different investments
  • Open your first investment account
  • ...and anything you want to know! New videos added monthly based upon student requests
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  • I assume that you know nothing about investments before starting this course.
  • All you need is an internet connection and an open mind

Most people (especially young folks) are intimidated by financial topics - particularly investing. Millions of people make a good living, yet continue struggle with money their entire lives. The 20-Something Millionaire course shows you that building wealth on a small salary is (1) entirely possible and (2) how to do it.

Start Building Wealth TODAY... Regardless of Your Starting Salary

Even if you implement just one of the concepts contained in these lessons, you would get your money's worth many times over. After taking the course, you'll be able to:

- Understand exactly what a stock is and how it makes you money.
- Know which investment assets build wealth vs. those that do not.
- Create a portfolio mix of stocks/bonds that makes sense for you.
- The only 3 mutual funds you need to beat 90% of Wall Street.
- Automate your finances.
- Understand how a newspaper boy could build more wealth than a doctor.
... and much more!

Many courses, blogs, articles, and books do a great job of explaining a particular concept in great detail, but they never offer any actionable steps to take to implement that knowledge. The course focuses on simple content that is easy to understand and presented in a way that you can make real changes in your life... starting today!

We avoid using financial jargon so that a beginner can pick things up right off the bat without any prior knowledge about investing or finance.

The course is broad, which means I'll give you a high level overview of basically everything you need to know to get started. We'll start with the basic foundation of wealth building and then progress towards topics particularly focused on growing your wealth through investing and help you avoid high fees and taxes.

The videos are all under 10 minutes and each focuses specifically on one topic. Most people learn by seeing things visually as well as hearing them explained audibly, which is why this course focuses on illustrating ideas on the screen, not just providing a bunch of bullet points.

The videos are supplemented with short quizzes to concrete your understanding. When a lesson involve math, easy-to-use Excel spreadsheets are included to eliminate any need for your own calculator.

Even if you're a complete newbie when it comes to finance, you'll leave this course knowing more than 95% of your friends, family and co-workers about how money works and what it takes to be a successful investor.

You can build wealth and reach financial freedom... on nothing more than a starting salary! Let me help you get started on your journey. Sign up for the course today!


BONUS #1: Downloadable Excel calculators help you make any calculations fast and easy.

BONUS #2: New courses will be added based upon student request. Feel free to let me know what topics you would like to know more about and I'll add follow up videos.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is best for beginners who have little-to-no previous knowledge or experience with investments.
  • This course is for those who want help understanding basic financial concepts to help them manage their 401(k), start an investment portfolio, or be better educated about investing.
  • This course is NOT for people looking to make a quick buck in the markets.
  • This course is NOT for previous investors with lots of prior knowledge or experience.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Step #1: Set a Foundation of Wealth-Building
3 Lectures 20:18

Learn the wealth-building power of compound interest and the 3 most important factors to making your money work for you! This lesson also includes a compound interest calculator Excel file for you.

The Formula That Will Change Your Life

Do you need to make a lot of money to build wealth? The newspaper boy shows us that's just not true!

Newspaper Boy vs. The Doctor

Most people think they understand the difference between an asset and a liability, but they couldn't be farther off. If you don't get it right, you won't build much wealth over your lifetime.

The Key to Building Wealth: Assets vs. Liabilities
Step #2: Learn the Fundamentals of Smart Investing
5 Lectures 38:01

A concrete example of where a stock comes from, why it's necessary, and the two ways it can make money for you!

Preview 07:39

What are the different investment options (stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities)? Is gold a good investment? What about options/derivatives?

Exploring Your Other Investment Options

Investment Options
2 questions

Knowing the interplay between risk and reward is essential to understanding how to build an investment portfolio that makes sense for you. Don't miss it!

Risk vs. Reward

Risk vs. Reward
2 questions

So you want to buy stocks, but how do you do it? We'll explore individual securities, mutual funds, index funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and... which one is best for most people!

Ways to Buy Stocks and Bonds

Should you invest in active mutual funds or passive index funds? Most investors lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over their investment lifetime... just because they chose wrong.

Preview 05:19

Index Funds vs. Mutual Funds
3 questions
Step #3: Build Your Investment Portfolio
3 Lectures 14:19

The financial industry wants you to think investing is difficult. It's not. Follow these steps and beat the pants, shoes, shirt and socks off of most professional investors (and your peers)!

4 Steps to Beating Wall Street

How much should you invest in stocks and how much should you invest in bonds? This is called asset allocation. We'll explore two simple ways to determining what's best for you.

Finding the Right Mix of Stocks/Bonds

Asset Allocation
2 questions

Opening the right investment account can be the difference between you paying $100,000+ in taxes vs. $0 in taxes. Here's a plan to pay $0!

How to Save $100k on Taxes

Investment Accounts
2 questions
Step #4: Automate & Maintain
2 Lectures 07:54

What does it mean to re-balance my portfolio? Why is it important? And how does it work?

How to Supercharge Your Investment Results

Set your wealth-building on auto-pilot! Invest, save and spend... all automatically!

How to Automate Your Financial System
About the Instructor
Nathan Winklepleck
4.5 Average rating
40 Reviews
1,501 Students
1 Course
Investment Professional & RP®

Nathan is an investment professional with 10 years of investment experience. His passion is sharing practical, applicable, and common sense tips to folks looking to get started investing. Over his career, he has worked for two financial firms and earned his Registered Paraplanner designation from the College for Financial Planning.