Become an Investor in Less Than 60 Minutes

Dominic Laird – Emmy Nominated Media Professional and Writer of “Zero to Invested in Less Than 60 Minutes”


Zero To Invested YouTube

Fidelity YouTube

The “Investing for Beginners” section goes over topics and questions
for new investors

TD Ameritrade YouTube Great educational videos in the investing basics

Robinhood YouTube Great “How To” section.


For learning about financial terms and concepts, from beginner to advanced

IRS Retirement Plans Page

Keep up with contribution limits and tax rules for your retirement plans

SEC’s Investors Education Page

Useful stuff like the Compound Interest Calculator in the “Financial Tools & Calculators” section helps you plan your investment goals


200 Day Simple Moving Average (SMA) – The average price of the last 200 days performance of an asset, plotted out on a chart

401(k) – A retirement plan through your employer that gets special tax treatment by the IRS

403(b) – A retirement plan through your non-profit employer that gets special tax treatment by the IRS

Broker – Individual or entity that buys and sells assets on your behalf

Brokerage Account – An investment account opened with a brokerage company. Not a retirement account where the IRS gives special tax treatments and rules regarding contributions and withdrawals

Capital Gains – The earnings made from an investment before taxes
Compounding Growth – Where an asset’s earnings are reinvested to generate additional returns

Consumer Price Index (CPI) – A measure that tracks the price of goods and services Contribution Limit – The maximum amount you can contribute to your retirement plan

Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) – Contributing the same dollar amount to your investment with consistent frequency

Domestic Stocks – Stocks that are located in the country you live in Employer-Sponsored Plan – A retirement plan through your employer

Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) – A fund traded on a stock exchange that usually tracks the performance of an index or asset

Indicator – A tool used to help predict the direction or climate of a financial asset or the stock market Individual Retirement Account (IRA) – A retirement plan, not associated with an employer, that an individual can open and contribute to, that gets special tax treatment by the IRS

Inflation – an increase in prices and decrease in the value of money

Return – is the money made or lost on an investment over a period of time

Index Fund – A portfolio of stocks and bonds made to copy the make-up and performance of a financial index

International Stocks – Stocks that are located in a foreign country
Mutual Fund – A pooled investment where many investors contribute to the fund and the money is invested in stocks, bonds, etc
Recession – A downturn in the economy for an extended period of time

S&P 500 – An index of the 500 largest publicly listed companies in the United States
Stock Market – Where buyers and sellers meet to purchase and sell shares of public companies

Supply and Demand – The amount of goods and services available in comparison to the amount of goods and services consumers want to buy

Unrealized Gain/Loss – The gain or loss from an investment that has not been locked in because the investment has not been sold

Withdrawal – Taking money from an investment account, usually referring to a retirement account, such as a 401(k)