Learning how to invest can be like learning a new language: To understand the marketplace and knowledgeably pursue your goals, it’s important to start with the basic terms and concepts. With this foundation in place, you will be ready to move on to the nuances of building a sophisticated portfolio.

This section starts the learning process. It introduces the major investment vehicles — cash and cash equivalents, bonds and stocks — and some of the main concepts, such as risk and diversification, involved in making investments decisions and managing a portfolio.

1 The Fundamentals
2 Risk and Reward
3 Market Volatility
4 Inflation and Taxes
5 Balancing Your Portfolio
6 Stocks
7 Bonds
8 Mutual Funds
9 Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
10 Getting Started