A starting point for investing is to build low fee, diversified portfolios of primarily index funds and ETFs.
In order to do so, we need to understand the basic asset classes such as stocks and bonds and the primary investment vehicles of exchange-traded funds and mutual funds.
This section of Money For the Rest of Us Plus covers these basic investment concepts:
What Should You Do Next?
A successful investment portfolio will have multiple return drivers. That means it will have a variety of asset categories whose returns will differ from one another as the factors that determine their long-term returns will differ.
Now that you understand the basics of stocks and bonds, ETFs and funds, as well as how to select a brokerage account, the next step is to learn about other asset classes you can add to your investment portfolio.