Assets

Next we consider what assets to invest in. Stocks? Bonds? Real estate? Gold? This page will help you learn the important types of assets, or asset classes, how to allocate your investments, and then important information about investing in stocks and bonds. In addition to the videos listed on this page, you might also consider these commonly asked questions and answers:

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All are excellent videos. The transcripts can help you make best use of your time.

Short videos about types of assets, or asset classes:

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Historic Returns for Asset Classes
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Top performing asset classes change from year to year. Examining historical returns reveals why we need to be long-term investors rather than speculators.
Investing in gold commodity is a speculating, not investing.
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A gold commodity investment is not an investment at all, it is price speculation. You are gambling on price movements. In the long-run, productive assets always win.
Investing in gold is a speculative investment.
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Gold funds are speculative investments. Instead of investing in a productive asset that will create value, you (gamble) the future price will be higher.

Short videos about asset allocation:

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Why Bonds? #1 - Stocks Are Risky - FinancingLife.org
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Bonds can be safe investments. CDs, Bonds, and Bond Funds are critical to building an all-weather portfolio.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Why Bother With Bonds #2 - Bonds Make Risk Palatable - FinancingLife.org
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Asset allocation is your most important decision. Stocks are risky, and Treasury bonds make that risk palatable.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Why Bother With Bonds #3 - Bonds Are Safe Bet - FinancingLife.org
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Bonds can be safe, low risk investments. So, bonds, CDs or bond funds are key to building an all-weather portfolio.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Why Bonds? #4 - For Attractive Diversity - FinancingLife.org
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Bonds provide attractive investment diversification to stocks — are critical to building an all-weather portfolios.
stock and bond markets in 2015
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Mr. Bogle shares long-term outlooks for stock and bond markets plus answers many questions.

Short videos about investing in bonds:

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Bond Basics 1: What is a money market fund? - FinancingLife.org
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Should you choose a money market fund or a bond fund? Or perhaps dividend-paying stocks? Learn how each of these differ in this episode of Bond Basics.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Bond Basics 2: Are CDs Better Than Bonds? - FinancingLife.org
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Certificate of deposit: better than a bond? Yes, Learn the advantage that CDs occasionally give small investors.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Bond Basics 3: What Are Bonds? - FinancingLife.org
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What are bonds? Bonds are simple interest-only loans. It’s that simple! Learn what every investor should know about bonds and fixed-income securities.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Bond Basics 4: What Are Bond Ladders? - FinancingLife.org
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Learn two very cool things about individual bonds and bond ladders in this episode—about fixed-income securities.
Video thumbnail for youtube video Bond Basics 5: Individual bonds or bond fund? - FinancingLife.org
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Should you own individual bonds or bond funds? Learn why the answer is easy in video about fixed-income securities.

Short videos about investing in stocks:

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World stock market history
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History of the world stock markets reveals the most important lessons every investor should learn. World stock markets have behaved wildly for centuries.
Have realistic market expectations
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We are attracted to spectacular stock market success stories. But, the first lesson to learn from market history is to have realistic market expectations.
Expect market volatility
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All investing involves a degree of risk. Market volatility is inevitable, Higher expected returns requires more risk. Expect market volatility. Stay calm.
Buy and hold stocks
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Forget about stock market timing. The mantra that wise experts share is the importance of time in the market, rather than timing the market.
Keep investing simple
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The next lesson is Keep Investing Simple. Complicated products often don’t work the way that you hoped. Keep it simple. And remember: costs matter!
Diversify investments
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The lessons that scream from every page of market history: diversify stocks! Only own the correct amount of stocks for you, and diversify stocks with bonds.
Buy and hold stocks
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The best advice is to buy and hold. Re-balance once a year. Don’t be tempted to tinker with your investment decisions. Simply buy and hold and re-balance.
Sensible investors don't panic.
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Sensible investing lessons from stock market history: Be realistic. Stay calm. Don’t try to time the market. Keep it simple. Diversify stocks. Don’t tinker.


All are excellent videos. The transcripts can help you make best use of your time.