The ABCs of Investing For Beginners (video)

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Here’s the essence of investing for beginners — using the alphabet as a tool to help you remember.

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A is for Assets: stocks, bonds and other stuff.
Don’t fret about precision, getting close — good enough.

B is for Begin, to simply get started.
That’s the surest way to achieve dreams uncharted.

C for Compounding, for growth exponential.
Accomplishes big results and often essential.

D for Diversify, stocks and bonds in your pie.
Their ratio controls risk when things go awry.

E for Emergencies that come as surprises.
A responsible person has a reserve that suffices.

F is for Frugal, not cheap or miserly.
It’s prioritizing your spending and your life energy.

G for “Get Rich Quick”. Dismiss these schemes brisk.
Beating the market comes with a big dose of risk.

H is for Harvesting, in more advanced classes.
You might sell your losers to lower your taxes.

I is for Indexing, the lowest cost way.
For you get to keep what you don’t give away.

J is for Junk bonds, their tempting yields hawked.
But in bad markets, they behave more like stocks.

K is for Knowledge, about how to invest.
It’s lifelong learning that will help you the best.

L is for Low-cost. We like this a lot.
Keep what you earn and don’t finance their yachts.

M is for Mutual funds and avoid daily trading.
We’re long-term investors and eschew speculating.

N is for Noise, it’s worth tuning out.
We’re surrounded by blowhards that financial porn spout.

O for Overconfidence, a fault many have.
Feels good ‘til a bear market, then it feels bad.

P is for Penny, and the lesson we’ve learned:
A penny that’s saved equals two pennies earned.

Q is for Qualifying, to include and weed out.
It’s quite easy to do, then get out and about.

R for Retirees, and safe withdrawal voodoo.
It’s all about making your money last longer than you do.

S is for Saving, automatic paycheck withdrawal.
What you never see, is not missed at all.

T is for Timing, from tempting purveyors.
It’s only for those that believe in soothsayers.

U for U.S. bonds, as safe as it gets.
Keep risk on the stock side, safe bonds for the rest.

V for small Value, these funds carry more risk.
But if you seek out-performance, add these to your list.

W is for Writing a workable plan not too long.
Write the best you can now; and over time make it strong.

X is for X-ray, your funds — look inside.
For consistent styles, and lack of surprise.

Y is for You. How we remember thee?
Personality is revealed how you spend your life energy.

Z is for Zen, simple peace in your niche.
To know you have enough is to be rich.

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  • Jake January 18, 2015, 7:58 pm

    “T” is for “Thanks;” each couplet rings sound; I’ll pass it to others, so your advice will compound.

    • Rick Van Ness January 19, 2015, 1:43 pm

      Touché! I love it.

  • Jeri January 20, 2015, 2:23 pm

    Very good, I’ll send it to my Grandkids..

  • Taylor Larimore January 20, 2015, 2:49 pm

    “R” is for Rick, a man who is swell,
    “V” is for Vanguard that he knows so well.
    “N” is for never will we ever doubt.
    “K” is for knowledge that he’s all about.


    • Rick Van Ness January 20, 2015, 4:21 pm

      Ha ha! 🙂 You just made my day!

  • Will January 21, 2015, 12:28 am

    Nice one Rick,

    Very funny but…
    Very true

    A great way of reminding us all

  • Sunil January 21, 2015, 6:41 am

    Thanks Rick for another great video! Easy to learn from your methods. Will share with my kids.

  • miriam green January 25, 2015, 5:45 pm

    You are brilliant and creative- great combination.

    • Rick Van Ness January 26, 2015, 1:46 pm

      Quite the overstatement. But, I’ll admit that I did have fun. 🙂