Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing

Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing

Stock, Bond and Mutual Fund Investing

A quick guide to investing, with a focus on impact/responsible/ethical/social investing.

Language: english

Note: 3.9/5 (30 notes) 169 students

Instructor(s): William Michael Cunningham

Last update: 2018-08-29

What you’ll learn

  • Answer all of the questions below:
  • What is Investing?
  • What is Ethical/SRI/ESG/CSR Investing?
  • Why Invest?
  • Risk and Reward
  • What Is a Stock?
  • What Is a Bond?
  • What Is a Mutual Fund?
  • What is a return?
  • What is screening? exclusion? shareholder activism? positive investing?



  • General knowledge of the internet



Investing is defined as “spending money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial plans, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture.” We quickly and completely cover the basics of investing in only about 40 minutes. If you want honest, objective information about investing, this is your course. It’s also geared to people who want to start investing now! We define what stocks, bonds and mutual funds are. In addition, we cover risk and return, two key investing concepts. We cover ethical/social/environmental investing, providing expert-level instruction on these topics. We show returns generated by various types of investments from 1801 to 2011. We show you how to use various techniques to invest in stocks and bonds at low or no cost. Finally, we describe some of the best mutual funds in the marketplace. Our lecture provides the rationale for both investing and for environmental, social and governance investing, or ESG investing, or “using Environmental, Social and Governance factors to evaluate companies and countries on how far advanced they are with long term investing. “Once enough data has been acquired on these three metrics, they can be integrated into the investment process when deciding what equities or bonds to buy.”


Who this course is for

  • This introductory course is for those seeking to learn more about investing in general and ethical/environmental/social investing in particular.
  • If you have a billion dollar portfolio, this is probably not the class for you.


Course content

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
  • What is Investing?
    • What is investing?
  • Why Invest
    • Why Invest?
  • What is Ethical/Social/Environmental Investing
    • What is Ethical/Social/Environmental investing?
  • Risk and Return
    • Risk
    • Return
  • What is a stock, bond and mutual fund?
    • Stock
    • Bonds
    • Mutual Fund
  • More on social investing
    • What is screening? exclusion? shareholder activism? positive investing?
  • How to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds
    • Investing in stocks
    • Investing in bonds
    • Investing in mutual funds
  • Summary and additional links
    • Summary and additional links


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