Videos, Videos, Videos: Stocks and Bonds 101, Explainer on the Bond Market, Why There Aren't More Billionaires
Three videos that have caught my attention recently:
- Bond market explainer (from Marketplace): In this brief 1:34 video, Kai Rysdall describes in plain English what the government bond market is and what it can tell us about the economy.
- In your own words, what is the bond market?
- What signals does the bond market provide about the overall economy?
- How does inflation affect the value of bond investments?
- This 5:00+ video starts with a question "Where are all the billionaires?" and describes two main reasons that investors fall short of earning the market return, including behavioral elements.
- What's the cost (in percentages) of investing actively?
- What is "return chasing" and how does it impact investor returns?
- What advice does he offer to younger investors? Do you agree?
- Backgrounder on the relationship between risk and return
- What are some examples of investments that are described?
- What is the risk of a stock?
- What is the relationship between risk and reward (or gain)?
- Does taking on greater risk mean you will always earn a greater return?
- Good basic 2 minute primer on stocks and bonds (from Fidelity)
- What does in mean to own stock in a company?
- What are two ways that investors make money on stocks?
- How do investors make money on bonds?
About the Author
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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