If you’re interested in learning more about the world of investing through an online course, this article will give you a lot to think about before you begin. Do a Google search for “online investment courses,” and you can quickly lose yourself in a sea of choices. Click on a few, and you’ll realize this is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Your choices range from free materials that you work your way through at your own pace to more structured lectures that charge around $40–80 and have classwork, to “boot camps” and workshops that can cost a few thousand dollars.
As an investor, it’s important to have the peace of mind that your hard-earned money is in good hands and that you won’t fall victim to any nefarious trading scams. It was for this purpose that the federal government created the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC. But what exactly is the SEC, and how does it keep your investments safe?
Are you a member of the “Non-savers Club”? According to a 2017 survey by GoBankingRates, the vast majority of young Americans have less in savings than they should. A whopping 36% have $0. Chances are you or someone close to you are in this group… with no money set aside for a comfortable retirement — let alone an emergency fund in case your pipes spring a leak or your fender falls off. I’m not here to scold or judge… but I am here to inspire. So if you’re like many Millennials who find it hard to start setting money aside, please read on. I’ve got a plan for you. (And if you’re closer to retirement age, we’ve got you covered too.)
Sudarshan Sridharan is a North Carolina high school student who scored headlines recently… not for winning a football championship or starring in the school play, but for making $17,000 by betting on Tesla. That’s right: While most teens daydream about owning one of these cool cars, he went ahead and bought the stock.
My husband teases me because I try to plan everything. From vacations to tomorrow’s breakfast, I’m always making notes, lists and schedules. Of course I know that nothing’s a given and that sometimes things don’t go 100% according to plan. A flight may get delayed. The eggs I intended for a lovely omelet might fall on the floor and break. But still I hold that a good part of success comes with having a plan. Especially when it comes to your money.
Johnny Depp, Hollywood’s fifth highest-paid actor, made headlines in June 2017, not for taking home a top prize at Cannes or being photographed on the beach with a topless model, but because a lawsuit filing revealed that — despite the millions he commands per movie — his finances are a mess. In short, Jack Sparrow lives paycheck to paycheck.
Just mention options and even some of the most seasoned investors will have the same knee-jerk reaction: “They’re too complicated… too risky… too expensive.” But this is just that — a knee-jerk reaction. In reality, if you know what you’re doing, options trades can be quite straightforward and open up a world of relatively safe alternatives to making money with stocks. In fact, options can even be a great deal more inexpensive than stocks… and deliver greater profits in a shorter time frame!
Uber… Spotify… Airbnb… These companies offer super-popular services and could make great investments for your portfolio. But there’s just one problem: They haven’t had their IPOs yet. In fact, the entire IPO calendar for 2017 is unusually bare. Why is this?
This year, you had to be living under a rock if you didn’t hear about social media company Snap’s (SNAP) stock market debut. When the company held its initial public offering (or IPO) on March 1, 2017, it raked in $3.4 billion. This made Snap one of the tech industry’s biggest IPOs — ever. Very early-in investors could have made millions of dollars from Snap’s IPO. But are IPOs worth your time and money?
When I was 26 I got a financial wake-up call. I was underemployed, making $900 a month and carrying student loan debt. I’d graduated college three years earlier with $25,302 in debt and hadn’t been able to find a full-time job. I was stuck in the part-time job and low-income loop, and I didn’t know how to get out.