CHICAGO, May 14, 2001 Morningstar.com University has expanded its popular Investing Classroom, a free, online educational service, to include a new Portfolio curriculum that teaches investors how to build diversified portfolios to help them meet their investment goals. This program also rewards students with incentives as they work through the courses.
"Now is a good time to brush up on the fundamentals of portfolio building--specifically, the value of diversification--because the market has been so volatile over the past year," says Susan Dziubinski, director of Morningstar.com University. "Our new Portfolio courses teach investors classic investment lessons, such as how to avoid being overexposed to a particular segment of the stock market, how to assemble a portfolio that can survive hard times, and how to monitor portfolios."
The new Portfolio section launches Monday, May 14, and offers 50 classes that take about 15 minutes each to complete. The classes progress through five different stages beginning with introductory 100-level courses, such as "Avoiding Stock Overlap in Building Portfolios," and proceeds to advanced 500-level courses, such as "Measuring Mutual-Fund Manager Skill." The courses also link to other proprietary Morningstar tools such as Goal Planner, that helps investors determine how long it will take to accomplish their goals, and Portfolio X-Ray OverviewSM, that breaks down portfolios in eight categories so investors can better understand what they own. Morningstar.com Investing Classroom offers 100 additional classes through two other programs, Stock Courses and Mutual Fund Courses.
As part of the Investing Classroom, students have access to a broad range of online educational material, including classes and quizzes, the ability to post questions to other students, and a section called "Ask the Professor." Also, students earn Classroom Credits that they can redeem for free Morningstar products and merchandise, including a Morningstar.com fleece pullover, T-shirt, cap, travel mug and tote bag.
"We designed these online classes with busy people in mind," Dziubinski says. "The classes are short so people can 'sneak' in their learning, if necessary, and work at their own pace."
To visit the Investing Classroom on Morningstar.com University, go to:
The Investing Classroom has proved to be popular with investors since its launch in July 2000. Investors have completed more than 220,000 classes, averaging close to 12 classes per student.
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