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Ch 11: Ch. 11: Investing Basics

About This Chapter

The Investing Basics chapter of this Focus on Personal Finance: Online Textbook Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Focus on Personal Finance textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about calculating the value of an investment, reducing investment risks and types of bonds.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Investing Basics chapter of your textbook.
  •  Watch fun videos that cover the investing topics you need to learn or review.
  •  Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  •  If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the investing topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Financial check-up
  • Choice of investments
  • Treasury bonds
  • Managing investments
  • Corporate bonds

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13 Lessons in Chapter 11: Ch. 11: Investing Basics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Financial Checkups: Preparing for Investments

1. Financial Checkups: Preparing for Investments

After reading this lesson, you will know what to look for to determine if you are ready to invest some of your hard earned money. You will also see how investing when you are not ready can wreak havoc on your finances.

Investment Goals: Questions & Examples

2. Investment Goals: Questions & Examples

During this lesson, we will address many issues regarding investment goals including what questions to ask yourself to ensure that you meet your investment goals.

How to Calculate Present Value of an Investment: Formula & Examples

3. How to Calculate Present Value of an Investment: Formula & Examples

This lesson will provide an overview of how to calculate the present value of an investment. Various examples will also be explored using the present value formula. You can test your knowledge of the material with a quiz at the end of the lesson.

How to Calculate Future Value: Formula & Example

4. How to Calculate Future Value: Formula & Example

This lesson will give an overview of and explain the future value formula. Also in this lesson, various examples will be explored using the future value formula.

Choosing Investments: Risk, Safety, Growth & Liquidity

5. Choosing Investments: Risk, Safety, Growth & Liquidity

These days everyone wants to make money through investments. However, different people have different needs for their investments, especially with respect to risk, safety, growth, and liquidity.

How to Reduce Investment Risks

6. How to Reduce Investment Risks

Stock market investments come with both the hope of profitable returns and the risk of significant losses. In this lesson, we'll discuss how you can manage your risk and optimize your exposure to stock market volatility.

Managing Personal Investments: Roles & Importance

7. Managing Personal Investments: Roles & Importance

After reading this lesson, you will know why you need to evaluate and monitor your investment choices. You will learn why keeping an accurate record is essential for your financial success.

Bonds: Types, Characteristics and Issuing Procedures

8. Bonds: Types, Characteristics and Issuing Procedures

In this lesson, you will learn about some of the more common types of bonds and their characteristics. Bonds include: secured and unsecured bonds, term and serial bonds, registered and bearer bonds, and convertible and callable bonds.

What Are Treasury Bonds? - Definition & Rates

9. What Are Treasury Bonds? - Definition & Rates

In this lesson, you'll learn about treasury bonds, which are basically a way for governments to borrow money. Treasury bonds are considered low risk investments, and therefore, pay a lower yield to investors.

What are Corporate Bonds? - Definition & Examples

10. What are Corporate Bonds? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll explore corporate bonds and how they relate to an investor's risk tolerance. You'll also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of corporate bonds.

State & Local Government Securities: Definition & Types

11. State & Local Government Securities: Definition & Types

In this lesson, we'll discuss municipal bonds, types of state and local government securities. These bonds can be grouped into one of two 'buckets,' either tax-backed (general obligation bonds) or revenue-backed (revenue bonds).

Moody's vs. Standard & Poor's Bond Ratings

12. Moody's vs. Standard & Poor's Bond Ratings

Moody's and Standard & Poor's are bond rating organizations that evaluate the credit worthiness of individual corporate and government bonds. This lesson will familiarize you with the basics of their bond rating systems.

Bonds: Understanding Investment Performance

13. Bonds: Understanding Investment Performance

In this video lesson, you will learn how to calculate the worth of a bond over time. Learn how interest payments are calculated. See just how much money can be earned from keeping a bond over time.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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