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Investing for Beginners

From stocks and crypto to everything in between, we break down the different types of investment options and how to build a smart portfolio.

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About the course

Instructor Mercedes Barba goes deep on the most popular investing options and offers tips for building a diversified portfolio that works for you.

What you'll learn

Best practices for earning real wealth
Types of investments to consider
Whether to invest or pay off debt

Course overview

Getting started
INTRODUCTION
Getting started
Meet the course moderator and learn five timeless tips for building sustainable wealth.
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Stock market 101
6 MIN
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LESSON 1
Stock market 101
Learn how to make money in the stock market and easily create a brokerage account.
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What causes stocks to go up and down?
4 MIN
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LESSON 2
What causes stocks to go up and down?
Learn what factors lead to market fluctuations and how to smartly react to losses and gains.
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Types of investments
11 MIN
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LESSON 3
Types of investments
From CDs to crypto, we rank top investing options from least risky to most volatile.
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Investing vs. saving
4 MIN
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LESSON 4
Investing vs. saving
Learn when it’s best to save and when it’s best to invest for a secure financial future.
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Investing best practices
9 MIN
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LESSON 5
Investing best practices
Discover our golden rules for investing and the importance of a diversified portfolio.
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Meet the experts

Moderator

Sarah Foster

Sarah is the U.S. Economy Reporter at Bankrate. She developed a passion for economics while watching her rural community recover from the Great Recession, and is passionate about educating consumers about Wall Street and the Federal Reserve.

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Instructor

Mercedes Barba

Mercedes Barba is an Emmy-nominated seasoned editorial leader who is a Senior Editor at NextAdvisor, Bankrate’s sister brand. She is passionate about making personal finance easy and understandable to everyone, no matter their age.

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