Investing Lessons

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Investing Lessons

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In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between saving and investing and when to use each strategy
  • Explain how compound interest works, its benefits to savers, and and how to calculate it using an online calculator
  • Understand the concept of inflation and how it impacts an individual’s investment decisions
  • Understand the three main classes of investments and the risk and return associated with each
  • Use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss investing
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In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand what the stock market is, the basics of how it functions, and how investors interact with a stock exchange
  • Explain the difference between a privately held and publicly owned company and how IPOs are conducted
  • Describe the day-to-day work of a stockbroker
  • Understand the basics of how investors make money in the stock market
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In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Use bond-specific vocabulary to describe how bond investing works
  • Explain the different types of bonds, their relative risk, and how they are rated
  • Describe the various methods for purchasing bonds
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In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between stocks, index funds, mutual funds, and other more or less risky investments and the costs and benefits associated with each
  • Calculate the rate of return on investments using historical stock data
  • Explain the difference between active and passive investing
  • Explain the various stock broker options available to investors.
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In this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain why asset allocation and diversification are key strategies for successful investing
  • Recognize the value of young people investing early, regularly, and long-term to extract maximum earnings from their investments
  • Identify the often negative impact of human emotion in investing and implement strategies to counterbalance this emotion, including robo advising
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Students will be able to

  • Realize that a solid investment strategy includes various account types and investments to be properly prepared for the expenses of retirement
  • Understand the various types of retirement accounts and the basic pros/cons of each
  • Explain why it’s important to start saving for retirement as early as possible
  • Understand how dollar cost averaging works to their advantage
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