Big Money Investing

Introduction to the Pack - 4 courses

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Institutional investing is all about big money. We’re talking insurance companies, pension funds, mutual funds, investment banks and hedge funds. For most investors, buying or selling stocks has very little effect on the stock as a whole. When big money moves, it shapes the market. This course is the ultimate guide to how giants invest their money.

Here's what you'll learn in 10 minutes.
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Pension Funds
  3. 3. Investment Companies: The 700-Pound Gorillas
  4. 4. Banks, Insurance Companies and Everyone Else
  5. 5. Institutional Investing: The Rich Are Just Like You and Me!
  6. 6. Does it Pay to be an Institutional Investor?
  7. 7. Quiz
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A derivative is a contract that is based on, or derived from a certain asset. Derivatives can be based on stocks, bonds, interest rates, currencies and commodities. They are commonly used to protect against risk or to speculate. When big money gets involved, derivatives have big implications for the market as a whole.

Here's what you'll learn in 10 minutes.
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Just What Are Derivatives?
  3. 3. Options
  4. 4. Futures and Forwards
  5. 5. Swaps and Mortgage-Backed Securities
  6. 6. Are Derivatives Worth the Risk?
  7. 7. Quiz
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A commodity is a good that is interchangeable with commodities of the same form. This includes things like oil, soybeans and gold. Commodities use a basis grade as a benchmark for quality. All goods from around the world that meet the basis grade are considered to be equal if its the same commodity. This consensus makes it easy for big money to come in and make massive deals.

Here's what you'll learn in 10 minutes.
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Oil, the Mother of All Commodities
  3. 3. The Other Sources of Energy
  4. 4. Metals
  5. 5. Agriculture, the Oldest Commodity Business
  6. 6. Food is the Future
  7. 7. Quiz
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The FOReign EXchange market is where the world’s currencies are traded. Whether its US dollars, Euros or Canadian dollars, each country has its own currency. In order for countries to trade, their money has to have some relative value on the world stage. What’s easier to trade then money?

Here's what you'll learn in 10 minutes.
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. What is Foreign Exchange?
  3. 3. How Does Foreign Exchange Work?
  4. 4. The Other Big Differences
  5. 5. What Makes Currencies Move?
  6. 6. How Do Traders Trade Currency?
  7. 7. A Final Word (of Caution, Once Again)
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