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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  • Over 78 lessons with video, exercises and interactive content
  • Downloadable worksheets to use while you invest
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What will I learn?

  • Build an investment portfolio focused on creating real, long-term wealth
  • Navigate Exchange Traded Funds, dividend stocks, and other trading instruments
  • Diversify and when to rebalance during bull or bear markets
  • Make your own investment decisions based on research and market trends
  • Generate dependable, consistent income with dividends, while reducing portfolio volatility

This course includes:

  • Over 78 lessons of on-demand video, exercises, and interactive content
  • Lifetime access to course so you can watch and rewatch whenever you want
This course is for: beginner investors, even with small amounts of money, looking to take investing into their own hands.

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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

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, BBC Radio,, 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.

Students are Saying...

I was a big fan of Investing of Beginners. John Jagerson was extremely precise, very thorough in his explanations, and quite easy to follow.

Michael Wood
Investing For Beginners Student

Investopedia Academy provided me the tools to expand my financial analysis skills with a fun and easy to understand course.

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The Become A Day Trader Course was really well done. I stepped away from trading years ago to run my own business. As I am approaching retirement, I wanted to get back into it, but needed to get my feet wet somehow. David Green’s credibility and personality was a big deal to me, he explains everything in a clear and simple way.

Greg Ellison
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The way JC explains the details of Technical Analysis to a beginner like myself is amazing and the content is so rich. I can already apply the information in this course to my swing trading strategy. I am now able to identify my past mistakes and am making better trading decisions because of it.

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