It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the wealth of information that’s out there as you begin your investing journey. To make your journey a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best investing videos around.
“Big Think: Everything You Need To Know About Finance And Investing In Under An Hour” – William Ackman
Bill Ackman might be better known these days for his long-standing feud with Carl Icahn, but the founder and CEO of Pershing Square certainly knows a thing or two about the world of finance and investing.
And that’s what makes this video such a valuable asset for any investor: from a first-timer who has next to no knowledge about investing to a seasoned trader who wants to brush up on some of the fundamental parts of business.
Ackman might be overly-optimistic in claiming that he’ll teach you all you need to know in under an hour, but he does a pretty good job of covering the main points. He makes sure that the viewer takes nothing for granted, and even the most basic of concepts are fully explained – helping you to make sure that you actually know what you think you know!
Ackman covers a lot in a relatively short space of time, including some of the key approaches to successful investing, tips on the type of businesses to look out for, when you should invest, and the psychology of a good investor.
It would take a lot more than an hour to go through every single aspect of the financial and investing worlds, but watching this video definitely gives you a good platform to start from.
Running Time: 00:43:46
“How The Economic Machine Works… In 30 Minutes” – Ray Dalio
Dalio is an American businessman and the founder of the Bridgewater Associates investment firm. He regularly features on lists of the most influential and wealthiest individuals in the world, but his greatest accolade was surely warning the Bush Administration in 2007 that many of the world’s largest banks were on the verge of insolvency.
So how did he do it?
In this video, Dalio explains his relatively simple – but by no means simplistic – template that tracks what he believes are the three driving forces of the economy.
By looking at productivity growth, short-term debt cycles, and long-term debt cycles, Dalio believes that we are able to accurately track the rise and fall of global economies and identify the processes that influence them.
This video does a great job of explaining fundamental economic concepts such as transactions, markets, and deleveraging. We’re also shown how individual and state actions – such as borrowing, lending, and purchasing – all have wider effects on the economy and perpetuate economic cycles.
By breaking down the jargon and explaining the real impact these forces have had on past economic cycles, even viewers with little awareness of the wider economy can figure out the best strategy to safeguard themselves from future crashes.
Running Time: 00:31:00
“Talks At Google: Lessons From The Great Minds Of Investing” – William Green
– A Willingness To Be Lonely
– The Power Of Humility
– The Ability to Take Pain
– The Key to Happiness
Green discusses each of these concepts in depth, using irreverent anecdotes (watch out for the description of Sir John Templeton’s morning workout) to show how the world of investing is so much more than just a figures game.
This video won’t help you to crunch the numbers and analyze margins, but it will give you the right mindset to start building your portfolio.
Running Time: 00:59:31
Investing and environmental activism don’t often go hand-in-hand, but in this TED Talk by Chris McKnett, we see the how potential investors have the opportunity to grow their own personal wealth while remaining socially responsible.
McKnett puts forward an interesting argument that environmental and social issues, which are often perpetuated and exacerbated by big businesses and capitalist enterprises, are actually economic issues themselves in the long-term. Essentially, if we don’t do anything about these issues now, they’ll end up making bigger economic issues down the line.
Using the umbrella term ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance), McKnett explains how companies who take ESG concerns into account are actually much more prepared for a sustainable future than those that don’t.
When you’re investing long-term, you obviously want to try and accurately gauge where a company will be in ten to fifteen years. McKnett argues that those who don’t evolve with ESG issues in mind will be much less prepared for the world of tomorrow.
It’s not a widely held belief that environmental and social leadership is compatible with good capital returns, but McKnett provides the data to back up his assertions.
And it certainly provides the viewer with food for thought on the future landscape of business and investing.
Running Time: 00:12:15
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