Rubi-Review: The Five Best Investing Videos

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

Thirty minutes isn’t a long time, but it’s enough for Ray Dalio to explain “where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re probably headed” in the global economic cycle.

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

The ‘Talks At Google’ series has been running since 2005, and are primarily used to showcase various artists, writers, musicians, and visionaries talking about their latest work. And if you don’t have the time – or the money – to buy every new book on investing that hits the shelves, the Google Talks series can also give you unrivaled access to some great lectures by authors of some of the most important books published.

William Green is an author and journalist who has interviewed some of the greatest minds in investing, including Bill Ackman, Joel Greenblatt, and Sir John Templeton. From these conversations, Green has reverse-engineered the approaches some of the world’s most successful investors have taken to find out what exactly made them so successful. He then condenses these techniques down into a set of four broad philosophical approaches that all would-be Buffett’s should adopt in order to emulate the masters, which include:

– 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

“Talks At Google: The Little Book That Builds Wealth” – Pat Dorsey

Pat Dorsey is an established voice in the field of equity research, having founded Dorsey Asset Management and previously been the Director of Equity research for Morningstar. Dorsey was the man behind Morningstar’s competitive analysis research team, largely based on a framework used for analyzing economic moats.

No idea what an economic moat is? Fear not – Dorsey’s on hand to explain all!

Dorsey and the companies he has worked with all have one principle in common: long-term investing in great businesses. But not every business is worthy of a long-term investment. Some companies might experience significant growth in the beginning but can then become outmuscled by competitors or made redundant in the face of a more effective product or service.

In Dorsey’s ‘Talks At Google’ session, he explains that the key to a good long-term investment is finding a company that creates structural advantages to ensure their own longevity – in other words, an economic moat.

Much like a traditional moat protects a castle from invasion, an economic moat protects a company’s business from competitors. But instead of grabbing a shovel and getting to work, economic moats are structures of brand growth and development that will ensure a business remains ahead of any industry rivals.

Dorsey explains in his talk that finding companies with economic moats is the key to finding long-term investments that will pay off. And although this lecture might become a bit heavy at times, economic moats are an important concept for every level of investor to understand.

Running Time: 01:10:15

“Ted Talk: The Investment Logic For Sustainability” – Chris McKnett

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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