Investing for Beginners

Learn the basics of investing, how to start managing your portfolio, reduce risk, and make smart decisions

Led by John Jagerson View Instructor Bio

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$199.00 $199 USD
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  • Self-paced online course, lifetime access
  • Interactive content and downloadable materials
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Course Description

Investopedia Academy and instructor John Jagerson have created Investing for Beginners, an online course that will teach you the basics of the stock market and investing, and then how to create and manage your portfolio.

This course is for beginner investors, even with small amounts of money, looking to take investing into their own hands.

If you don’t have a portfolio, we’ll show you where to start. And if you do, we’ll give you the tools to improve it.

Financial markets offer an almost infinite number of choices for investors. Between individual stocks, bonds, ETFs, ETNs, options, futures, and more, the list of possibilities alone can be overwhelming.

When you complete this course, you will be ready to create a long- term portfolio that matches your needs and expectations, no matter what type of market you encounter.

You’ll learn to:

  • Build an investment portfolio focused on creating real, long-term wealth
  • Navigate Exchange Traded Funds, dividend stocks, how to diversify and when to rebalance during bear or bull markets, ensuring that you stay in the game for the long-term.
  • Leverage the basics and start making your own decisions.
  • Generate dependable, consistent income with dividends, while reducing portfolio volatility

This course includes:

  • Over 5 hours of on-demand video, exercises, and interactive content.
  • Lifetime access to every one of the videos in this course.
By taking Investing for Beginners today, you will learn how to manage your own financial future, no matter where your career takes you.  John is passionate about helping new investors like you, and he provides you with the tools and insights needed to develop your own long-term plan for success.
  • Certificate of Completion

    Receive an Investopedia Academy Certificate of Completion when you finish this course

  • Financial Assistance

    Students, individuals in emerging international markets, and U.S. military may be eligible for reduced pricing. Email AcademySupport@investopedia.com.

Course Curriculum

Horizontal Diversification
  • Introduction
  • Unsystematic Risk
  • Systematic Risk
  • Correlation Charts
  • Beta Correlation
  • Asset Classes
  • Asset Allocation
  • Review
Vertical Diversification
  • Introduction
  • Stocks
  • Bonds Part One
  • Bonds Part Two
  • Commodities
  • Currencies
  • Review
Strategic Diversification
  • Introduction
  • Portfolio Volatility
  • Dividend Investing
  • Dividend Yield Example
  • Dividend Dates
  • Dividend Reinvestment Plans
  • BuyBacks
  • Review
Position Sizing
  • Position Sizing Basics
  • Sizing Strategies
  • Rebalancing
  • Position Sizing: Example
  • Dollar Cost Averaging
  • Review
Understanding ETFs
  • Introduction
  • What's an ETF Part One
  • The Difference Between ETFs and Mutual Funds
  • Creation and Redemption
  • ETFs vs ETNs
  • How ETNs work
  • What's Wrong with ETNs
  • Types of ETFs
  • Review
Evaluating ETFs
  • Introduction
  • Stock ETFs
  • Bond ETFs
  • Commodity & Currency ETFs Part One
  • Commodity & Currency ETFs Part Two
  • Real Estate ETFs Part One
  • Real Estate ETFs Part Two
  • Review
Good Markets Going Bad
  • Introduction
  • Market Fear Index
  • Corporate Earnings
  • Inverted Yields
  • 10-20 Year Curve
  • Review
Stop Losses
  • Introduction
  • Stop Order Concepts
  • Market Order
  • Limit Order
  • Trailing Stops
  • Manuel Trailing Stop
  • Trailing Stop: Setting Percentage
  • Trailing Stop: Support
  • Trailing Stop: PSAR
  • Trailing Stop: Moving Average
  • Stop Loss Review
Profiting in a Bear Market
  • Introduction
  • Short Selling: Concepts
  • Trading on Margin
  • Short Squeeze
  • Short Interest
  • Inverse ETFs
  • Review

About the Instructor

John Jagerson
John Jagerson CFA®, Founder of Learning Markets LLC

John Jagerson is a CFA® and CMT charter holder and a founder of Learning Markets, which provides analysis and education for individual and professional investors. He is an author or co-author of five books on investing, currencies, bonds, and stocks. John has appeared in outlets like Forbes.com, BBC Radio, Nasdaq.com, and CBS for his financial strategy expertise. After graduating with a B.S. in Business from Utah Valley University, John completed the PLD program at Harvard Business School. Once the markets close each day, he can be found back on his mountain bike or in his running shoes on the trails of the Wasatch Mountains near his home.

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