Investing Unit 2: Investing Basics

Personal Finance February 13, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Investing Basics

In Unit 1, you learned about financial building blocks such as cash management. Now it’s time to examine basic investing principles. Wise investing requires knowledge of key financial concepts and an understanding of your personal investment profile and how these work together to impact investing decisions.

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This unit will:

  • Discuss the difference between saving and investing
  • Illustrate the risk/return tradeoff
  • Explain the importance of the time-value of money and asset allocation
  • Challenge you to think about your personal risk tolerance
  • Help you to recognize that your tax bracket, financial goals, and time horizon are key factors in defining an appropriate investment plan and asset mix for you and your family.

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