Question: What Should I Invest In As A First-Time Investor?

Jun 09, 2016
Investing, Behavioral Finance, Question of the Day, Index Funds, Mutual Funds, Current Events, Video Resource, Compound Interest

Have your students watch this video from Globe and Mail and use it as a way to kick-off a classroom discussion:

Questions for your students:

  • What are the two key assumptions he makes before giving his advice? Why are they important to his strategy?
  • Do you agree with his recommendation?
  • What does he mean by equities?
  • Why does investing consistently help to moderate the swings in the market?
  • Do you think this strategy of monthly investing is a good idea?

Want this resource and questions in slide format to use in class? Click here!


Be sure to check out this NGPF Investing Activity: Dollar Cost Averaging in Action (using Excel)


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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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