Investing Money

Investing Money Lessons


Welcome to the Investing section of Money Instructor. Here, we're committed to empowering educators and learners by providing them with foundational knowledge and tools essential for mastering the intricate art of investing.

Our carefully curated resources cover a broad spectrum. From understanding the dynamics of personal finance to help secure a promising future, to delving into the mechanisms of the financial market where you'll unravel the nuances of investing in stocks and bonds. Beyond these, we emphasize the importance of recognizing overarching economic factors that can profoundly influence individual investments and the broader financial market. To ensure a practical understanding, we've also integrated worksheets designed to sharpen real-world math skills, allowing learners to apply and reinforce their theoretical financial knowledge.

Introduction to Understanding Investing

As you venture into the world of investing, it's paramount to lay a strong foundation by understanding the core concepts and asking the right questions. Considerations like the amount of capital you're looking to invest, the returns you're targeting, your risk tolerance, the tax implications of your choices, and the role of inflation in your investment strategy are all vital. Our suite of investing lessons is meticulously crafted to provide answers and insights into these areas, offering a holistic view of vital investment concepts.

With Money Instructor's Investing materials, we ensure that whether you're instructing a class, mentoring an individual, or embarking on your own personal learning journey, you have the comprehensive materials and knowledge to navigate the realm of investments with confidence.

Basic Investing Lessons

This material provides a foundation in basic investing principles.


Understanding Risk and Return

An introduction to the concept of risk and return. Risk and return are basic concepts that must be understood prior to investing money.


Return on Investment - ROI

A worksheet lesson introducing students to the concept of return on investment, or ROI.



What is Investing?

A lesson introducing students to investing, types of investments, how to start investing, and risks. Investing involves purchasing assets, like stocks, bonds, and real estate, with the expectation of them appreciating in value or generating income. While there are various investment types and methods, understanding the basics, considering associated risks, and seeking guidance can aid in long-term financial growth.




What is Yield?

A lesson introducing students to investment yield, and how to calculate bond yield and dividend yield. Yield represents the annual income an investment produces, expressed as a percentage of the investment's value, distinguishing it from return on investment (ROI). Commonly derived from assets like stocks and bonds, it's computed by dividing the annual income, such as dividends or interest, by the asset's value or market price.



Lesson RULE OF 72

Rule of 72: Understand and Learn How to Calculate

Students learn the fundamental principle of the “Rule of 72” and compound interest. This lesson dives into understanding how the Rule of 72 aids in estimating the number of years required to double your money with a fixed annual rate of return. Beyond just the rule, you will be introduced to the significance of compound interest and how different rates can greatly influence the growth of your investment over time, emphasizing the importance of starting early.



Saving for Retirement

An introductory lesson and worksheet on saving for retirement and retirement planning.  Students learn fundamentals related to saving for retirement and investing, such as return on investment, compound interest, and planning for different rates of savings.

Planning for Your Retirement

Students learn about saving for retirement.

Longevity and Retirement

Students learn about the different needs of individuals as it relates to saving for retirement.

What is Social Security? Tax Contributions and Benefits

This lesson offers students a fundamental understanding of Social Security and its critical role in retirement planning. It covers how Social Security is funded through payroll taxes and how these contributions affect future benefits, emphasizing the need for early career financial planning. Additionally, the lesson highlights concerns about Social Security's sustainability and the importance of diversifying retirement savings with 401(k)s, IRAs, and other investments.

What is an IRA? A Beginner’s Guide to Individual Retirement Accounts

In this lesson, students are introduced to the fundamentals of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), focusing on the distinctions between Traditional and Roth IRAs, their tax benefits, and eligibility criteria. They learn how to strategically choose the right IRA type based on their financial situation and the importance of early contributions to leverage compound interest. Additionally, the lesson covers the rules for IRA contributions and withdrawals, including exceptions for penalty-free early access, equipping students with the knowledge to effectively integrate IRAs into their long-term retirement planning.

What is a 401K? A Beginners guide to Saving for Retirement

In this lesson, students learn about 401(k) plans, including their tax benefits, employer matching, and the growth potential through compound interest. They explore the basics of 401(k)s, such as how they function as a retirement savings tool, the advantages of tax deferment, and matching contributions from employers. The lesson also helps students understand contribution limits and withdrawal conditions, enabling them to make informed decisions to optimize and secure their financial futures from an early stage.



Basic Finance and Economics

Here we include lessons and worksheets for teaching and understanding basic finance and economic concepts. Including time value of money, compound interest, supply and demand, and inflation.





Where should you Invest your Money?

Learn how much to invest in different investment options. Learn to use the simple interest formula I = prt to calculate total interest.

Stocks and the Stock Market


Investing in Stocks and the Stock Market

Learn about stocks and the stock market. What is a stock? A stock represent a share in the ownership of a company. If you own a company's stock, then you are a owner, or shareholder, of the company. A stock represents a claim on the company's assets and profits. A stock is also known as equity.



Stock Market Simulation

Learn about the stock market.  A lesson plan to take you through the steps to teach a simulation of the stock market to your class.




What is a Bond? Understanding the Basics

A lesson on bonds, this lesson delves into the basics of bonds as financial tools, explaining how they serve as loans to entities like governments or corporations. It covers the returns from bonds, such as fixed interest and the maturity date for repayment, and why different entities issue bonds. The types of bonds discussed include government, municipal, and corporate, each with distinct risks and benefits. The lesson also explores ways to earn from bonds, either through interest or profit from selling, and the relationship between bond prices and market interest rates. It addresses risks like default, interest rate fluctuation, and inflation, highlighting bonds as a more stable investment compared to stocks.


How do Bonds Work? Beginners Guide

This lesson provides students with an understanding of bonds in the financial market, emphasizing their role as a type of loan where investors lend to entities like governments and corporations. It addresses key concepts such as the face value of bonds, the impact of interest rate changes and credit ratings on bond market prices, and the different risk levels associated with various bond types like government, municipal, and corporate bonds. The lesson also highlights how bond prices and yields are influenced by market interest rates, along with the significance of a bond's maturity date in its risk profile.


Buying and Investing in Corporate Bonds

Learn about buying and investing in corporate bonds and what is a bond.


Mutual Funds


What is a Mutual Fund? Understanding the Basics

This lesson offers a concise exploration of mutual funds for students, focusing on essential concepts like diversification, fund management, fees, and different fund types. It highlights the role of mutual funds in minimizing risk and the importance of choosing a fund that aligns with individual investment objectives. The lesson simplifies the process of investing in mutual funds, presenting it as an accessible option for beginners interested in long-term financial growth.



Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)


What is an ETF? Understanding the Basics Lesson

This lesson introduces beginners to Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), highlighting their composition of diverse assets like stocks, bonds, and commodities, and their flexibility in trading like stocks. It focuses on ETFs' role in diversification, reducing investment risk compared to individual stocks, and explains how they are cost-effective due to lower fees than mutual funds. The lesson delves into different types of ETFs, including index, sector, and thematic, each aligning with specific investment strategies. It emphasizes understanding market risks and aligning ETF choices with personal investment goals and risk tolerance. Overall, the lesson offers a comprehensive guide to ETFs, suitable for beginners and those new to these financial instruments.



Cryptocurrency (Crypto)


What is Cryptocurrency? Understanding the Basics Lesson

This lesson introduces students to the essentials of cryptocurrency, or crypto, including its nature as digital money and the intricacies of blockchain technology and cryptography. It covers various aspects such as the acquisition, value, and unique characteristics of popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin. The lesson highlights the role of cryptography in securing digital assets and delves into blockchain's decentralized structure, emphasizing its security and transparency. Additionally, it discusses the volatile nature of cryptocurrency value, the benefits like cost-effective international transfers, and the associated risks, including lack of regulation and hacking vulnerabilities. Finally, it advises students to approach cryptocurrency investment with caution and informed decision-making.


Investment Analysis



Income Statement

Practice identifying and making calculations based on a company's income statement.


Savings and Interest



Interest Word Problems



Savings Accounts

A basic understanding of banking and interest rates is a fundamental money skill. Learn about bank savings accounts, banks, and interest rates.



Additional Investment Resources



Investing Information

Basic information on personal investing including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Learn principles of finance and investing, and using a financial planner.


Teaching Stocks and Investing

Some information about teaching stocks and investing.


Basic Principles of Investing for Beginners

Some basic principles you should understand before investing your money.




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