Welcome to BUS-123, Introduction to Investments
Thank you for your interest in our discussion forum! We are dedicated to educating everyone in the prudent, long-term investing concepts, skills, and techniques taught in our BUS-123, Introduction to Investments, class at Southwestern Community College. The material is freely available at https://www.wonderprofessor.com/123. Long-term investing is not as difficult as you think. We can help you. Trading and speculating are very difficult. We can't help you learn how to become successful short-term traders/speculators. Sorry. Welcome, Everyone!
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Please Introduce Yourself - You Are Welcome Here!
Welcome to Introduction to Investments! Please introduce yourself. You are among friends. We are dedicated to providing education for prudent, long-term investors. We use the BUS-123, Introduction to Investments, course and its materials as our starting point for lifelong journey of education, research, investing, and profiting. Also, we hope you will consider a possible career in the investment industry. The investment industry needs new professionals. Over the next ten years, tens of thousands of professionals will be retiring. The industry needs more women, minorities, bilingual speakers, and ex-military. Come join us! You Are Welcome Here!
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Preface: Getting Started in the Class and Textbook
Where can we find the class materials? Where is the textbook? Are the class and textbook free? Here is where you can find answers to these and other questions about how to get started.
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Abe's Place -- What's on Yer Mind?
We humbly dedicated this forum to Abe who lit the light under my butt to create this bulletin board. This forum is designed to recreate the free form discussions that were created on the GroupMe text-based discussion forum. What's On Yer Mind? Got a comment or question about current events in the investment world? Or just want to sound off on any particular topic? Here's your chance!
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Chapter 1: Introduction, Overview, and Risk versus Return
We start from the very beginning with the simple question: What is an Investment? We then step back and review an Overview of the Investment Universe, followed by the eternal tug-o'-war between Risk and Return. Lastly, we quickly run through the Short-term Investments alternatives, Places to Park Your Money.
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Chapter 2: Mutual Funds: Investments for the Masses
"Mutual funds will bore you to wealth." This is a popular industry saying. In this chapter, we dig deep into the mutual fund industry and investigate their history, growth, fees, and offerings. We then focus on a single mutual fund and ask a very difficult question: "How do I choose a mutual fund?" With approximately 12,000 funds available, it ain't easy!
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Chapter 3: Introduction to Stocks
Stocks are exciting! Stocks are sexy! Stocks are risky! Let's get started on our long march toward learning about, researching, choosing, and monitoring our potential individual stock investments.
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Chapter 4: Fundamental Analysis: Valuation Models
"Value matters. You ignore value at your peril." -- Greg Ireland, mutual fund manager with over 35 years experience. How much is a stock worth? What is its intrinsic value? It is not an easy question to answer. We will investigate just a few of the many valuation models available and then review one of the industry's most respected information sources, The Value Line.
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Chapter 5: Fundamental Analysis: Financial Statements and Ratio Analysis
Three cheers for the Accountants! Every three months, they provide us with valuable financial information about our potential stock investments. We will investigate the three financial statements and then learn how to calculate and use financial ratios to "round out" our stock research.
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Chapter 6: Efficient Market Theory: "Who Can Beat the Market?"
Let's see how efficient market theory shapes much of how investing is done these days. We will also take a look at some of the research done on behavioral finance that tells us much about ourselves as investors and also as human beings. Lastly, we will review some All Stars of Investing and some famous myths and silly sayings.
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