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Beginner's Guide to Investing

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Erin Lowry/Broke Millennial

Beginner's Guide to Investing

Erin Lowry/Broke Millennial

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4. Inflation
In this lesson, learn how investing just a little money can help you combat and even beat the inevitable effects of inflation.


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1 Class Introduction Duration:06:09
2 Compound Interest in Action Duration:02:47
3 Time Duration:02:55
4 Inflation Duration:01:10
5 Setting Financial Goals Duration:10:00
6 Must Know Terms Duration:20:00
7 Fees Duration:09:42
9 DIY Approach Duration:05:46
10 Investing with Debt Duration:02:15
11 Retirement Duration:12:52
12 Picking Initial Investments Duration:09:37

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and then another big reason that you really need to consider investing as a big part of your strategy is the concept of inflation. Pretty basic situation of $100 does not buy you as much today as it did back in 1999 or in 1989. One of the ways I like to think about it is your grandparents or great grandparents, depending on age, could probably take a family of four out to a fairly nice dinner for about five bucks in the 19 fifties. Good luck getting a decent meal at a fast food restaurant these days. For $5. That's inflation. It's just the natural rise in the price of goods over time. What that also means is that your purchasing power is going toe erode a little bit every single year. Generally, the rule of thumb that gets used is 2% changes a little bit, but that is the rule of thumb that people like to use that every year. Inflation is about 2% so if your money is not earning at least 2% every single year, you can't buy as much this year as you did last year. with the same amount of ...

money and this is another reason that investing is critical is it can help you keep pace or beat inflation. Hopefully, beat is the goal.

Class Description


  • Create an investment plan that’s right for you and your budget
  • Build your net worth through stocks
  • Know the basics of investment terminology
  • Create short, medium, and long term financial goals
  • Understand your company’s investment options


Exchange-traded funds. Brokerages. Asset allocation.

Most people want to start investing, but have no idea where to begin. How much do you need to start? How do you know if you’re taking the right first steps? In Beginner’s Guide to Investing, author and financial expert Erin Lowry breaks down the obtuse language and lays out your investment strategy options. Learn the common misunderstandings, set your financial goals, and take strategic steps no matter your starting amount, time frame or business context -- Erin has you covered.

Don’t let beginner’s paralysis get in your way; Erin provides you with the knowledge and tools for financial literacy. Learn the basics of investment terminology, the stock market, saving for retirement and everything you need to feel confident to start growing your wealth.


  • Young professionals


Erin Lowry is the author of Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together and Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling-Up Your Money. Her first book was named by MarketWatch as one of the best money books of 2017 and her style is often described as refreshing and conversational. Erin has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNBC and Fox & Friends. When she’s not thinking or talking about money, Erin is planning her next travel adventure or probably looking up pictures of dogs. Erin lives in New York City with her husband.


Tatie Diallo

Wonderful course, she explains the basics of investment and why it is important, for a beginner that's the best class ever.

Liza Davis

Straight to the point basic investment advice. I would say following her conservative strategy is great for the long haul of low-risk saving for retirement. And a great way to ease into investing without worrying about losing your sbirt.

Jamie Doak

Very easy to follow and understand. Only complaint is as an English teacher it's super annoying to see misspellings in a prepared slideshow. It unfortunately undermines the trust that we as the student are expected to have in the teacher. Besides that, this lesson was worth the money!