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Types of Investments


  • Develop an understanding of investing and why it is important
  • Learn about different ways to invest your money

Suggested Activities

  • What is investing? Why is it important?
  • What is interest? What is simple interest? What is compound interest?
  • Discuss different ways to invest your money:
  • Savings account
    • Certificate of Deposit (CD)
    • Bonds
    • Stocks
    • Mutual Funds
    • Mortgage-Backed Securities
    • Real estate
  • Discuss the concept of risk. The greater the risk, the more you stand to lose.
  • Are some investments better than others? What is the difference?
  • Try to distinguish between investments that might be better for achieving short-, mid-, and long-term goals.

Tips for using The Home Zone to discuss types of investments

    Go to Cool Stories:
  • Watch "Saving & Investing," which discusses why saving is important, what investing is, and ways to save and invest.
  • Watch "Home Ownership," which discusses home buying as an investment and the concept of equity.
  • Watch "Interest," which explains what interest is and how it works.
    Go to Brain Food:
  • Use the "Calculator" to see how interest works first hand.
  • Visit "MindBuilder, Saving & Investing" for a discussion about income, expense, and exercises in computing interest.
  • Visit "MindBuilder, The Value of Home Ownership" for a discussion of equity.
    Go to Glossary:
  • Terms used in The Home Zone are defined here, including different types of investments.
    Go to Game Center:
  • Play "HomeBuilder," which reinforces a variety of concepts addressed in The Home Zone.


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