Investing for the Rest of Us

I’ve gone through phases in the past few years, where I feel like becoming a professional investor that does a bunch of research, discovers trends before they’re trends, plays the options games, and makes money “in any market.”

And then I remember that I already have a full-time job, a family, and a garden to tend.

So I go back to my super-simple, a few-hours-per-year investment strategy.

A while back, I wrote a review of Betterment, my investment option of choice (above and beyond my company 401k contributions).  The comments on both the post, and our Facebook page, spurred me on to write a 10-day investment course to help people understand why they’re investing, what they’re investing in, and how to get started and stay the course.

It’s an investment course for YNABers.

If you’re interested in signing up for the free course, you can do that here.


21 Responses to “Investing for the Rest of Us”

  1. Janey

    Hi Jesse

    I’m an Aussie YNABer who’s signed up for you course, as even though a lot of the details probably wont apply to me, I’m really interested in changing my way of thinking and getting over my fear of investment.

    I was wondering if, in the future, we may see more blog posts from Ian, and even from other staff members from other countries, with info (not necessarily investment related) that applies to international YNABer’s as well? It would be really great and much appreciated!


  2. Robert

    Just as is the case with Jane, I’m also an international YNABer and am usually dissappointed because there seems to be many tools for US investors but very few for international investors. We would really appreciate if you could keep us in mind when looking out for investment tools in the future!

  3. Angela

    I agree. I’m in New Zealand. Would love to see something in this relevant to me. I suppose most YNAB people are American?

  4. Cass

    Very excited for this.

    I began investing not long ago, am new to the game, and am on a limited income. I’m 26 and still in college as I try to grow my year-old business after being in the Army and dealing with some health issues.

    I actually came across YNAB while researching Betterment last November. Now both are a part of my life, as is a Roth IRA with T. Rowe Price.

    Thanks for doing this, Jesse!

  5. Ben

    On day 4 of the course you (Jesse) wrote, “You’ve now bought stocks when they were high, and bonds when they were low.”

    Did you really mean “You’ve now sold stocks when they were high and bought bonds when they were low?”

    Or did I miss something?”

    • jesse

      Yep. Typo for sure. Someone also said my math may have misfired there so I’m going to give that a second look today :)

  6. Leah Gregersen

    I signed up and received 4 days of the emails, but I quit receiving them on day 5! How do I get day 5 and on? Thanks!

  7. Marcus Delgado

    I have enjoyed the daily investing tips. I did not get Day 7. Where can I find it? Thx.

  8. Kate Willner

    How do you show this in Ynab? I figure showing checking account–out and Betterment–In. But what about gain in value of your account? (Or adjusting for loss in value.) It is a part of net worth, yes? And increase in value of rental property.

  9. Ali A. Valenzuela

    I signed up for the course, received Days 1-5 but then the next email that came in was Day 8.. did I accidentally delete 6-7 or did they just get mislabeled 8-9??

  10. Eric

    Now that the ten days are done, will you combine the material into one PDF document that we can download and later reference? It would be great to have and I would give it to others as well.

      • Ali A. Valenzuela

        Or at least the ability to access each day’s lesson since, again, I never received Days 6 and 7!

      • Steve

        Thanks. I’ll use that as a starting point, and let you know which fund I choose.

  11. Steve Mabrey

    After reviewing the course, I realize that I need to reallocate the investments in my Roth 401(k) since I am 54. If I choose an ETF for stocks such as S&P 500, what is a comparable ETF for bonds?

  12. Ali Valenzuela

    There is something wrong with your email system or program. I signed up for the course AGAIN with a different email address because the first time around I never received Days 6 and 7. The second time, I AGAIN did not receive Day 7. And because there is no archive for me to access days that do not get successfully delivered on email, I have no way to get Day 7 unless I sign up for the course AGAIN and wait ANOTHER 7 days to see if MAYBE I will get the email. So much for starting right away. This is quite frustrating.

  13. maggie

    I didn’t receive day 4. (Maybe we can start sharing these amongst ourselves! I did receive 5 & 6!) But IS there a place we can go to find the ‘days’ we didn’t receive? Thanks!!!

  14. Joel Johnson

    I have really been enjoying the series. Somehow Day 4 never came to my email. I did receive Days 1-3, but missed Day 4 yesterday, and received Day 5 on schedule this morning. Can I find Day 4 somewhere to read it?

  15. Darcie Robert

    I’m also missing days 4 & 7. Any way to pick those up?

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