Understanding the stock market is super important! Let’s discuss what the stock market is, how to invest in stocks, and how the heck stocks (and dividends) can make you money. Also we time travel to the future to show you why, if you do it right, putting money in the stock market can be WAY better than putting it in a savings account. So, there’s that.

Ahoy! This video is a “basics” primer for more detailed episodes in the future. (For instance, we hope to cover preferred vs common stocks, index and mutual funds, bonds, and others.)

In the meantime, remember: Only invest money you won’t need for a few years, and the key to success is diversification.

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