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Financial Investing: Understanding The Basics

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Learn the basics of financial investing and how to make smart investments.

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Financial investing is the process of putting your money towards something that will hopefully grow and increase in value over time. Investing involves buying an asset with the goal of appreciation or income generation. Common types of investments include stocks, bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, real estate, commodities, and other financial instruments. When it comes to financial investing, it’s important to understand the risks and rewards associated with each type of investment.

The expenses associated with your investment (like capital gains taxes or brokerage fees) should also be factored in. Investing in the stock market can be a great way to grow your money, but it can also be risky. Before investing, it’s important to understand the basics of investing, such as the different types of investments and the risks involved.

Value of money is an essential concept in finance and investing. Understanding the time value of money allows you to make more informed decisions about the future cash flows, such as investment returns or loan repayments. Investing in bonds can be a great way to generate steady income, as they are generally considered to be less risky than stocks.

Warren Buffett is considered to be one of the most successful investors of all time. His holding company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A 1.39%) is one of the largest in the world. Lots of investors want to be like Warren Buffett, and try to emulate his investing strategies.

Investing in ESG (environmental, social, and governance) assets is an increasingly popular trend. ESG investments are based on principles of sustainability, and are designed to create a positive impact on the environment, society, and corporate governance. IS IT JUST MILLENNIALS DOING IT? No, the vast majority of money in ESG investments comes from huge investors like pension funds, insurance companies, and endowments.

The world is increasingly focused on investing in clean energy. Investments in clean energy have increased and now represent a 1.5 trillion dollar market. Despite this, the oil and gas industry is investing less than what is required to meet the Paris Agreement targets.

The speech will also focus on investing in our workforce, which is the bedrock of North Carolina's economy, growing the clean energy economy, and building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive state.

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