Understanding Investments

Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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Learn how to invest with skill and confidence to attain your financial goals with the 24 timely and informative lectures of Understanding Investments

Economist, Professor Connel Fullenkamp explains the fundamentals of investing to those new to the subject while broadening and deepening the knowledge of more experienced investors. He clearly explains the various kinds of financial markets, the different kinds of investments available to you, and the pros and cons of each - and tells you how to evaluate each of these in terms of your own financial situation and goals.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2012 The Great Courses (P)2012 The Teaching Company, LLC

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For the US audience

This book is clearly intended for the US audience. Though most of it is generic, there's plenty of references to US tax benefits and 401k's. And "foreign assets" = non-US assets.

The lecturer is quite ok. He stumbled a few times, more than the lecturer in the Economics course also by The Great Courses, but it wasn't distracting.

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Terrible book for audio only.

The reader very frequently makes reference to visualizations of charts which you cannot see (obviously) and he doesn't explain. For example:

"I'm going to show you a few graphs of the daily closing value of the S&P 500.."

"I'm going to show you some of the worst stock market drops in recent memory. As you look at these graphs, pay attention to."

"The first drop I'll show you is the infamous crash of "

"...as you can see from the prices after the crash..."

"let me show you another big market drop"



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A good introduction.

A good introduction to investments for the common layperson. Fullenkamp is thorough in his explanations.