Meet the Expert

Jim Cramer runs the charitable trust portfolio, Action Alerts PLUS, and writes daily market commentary for TheStreet’s RealMoney premium service. He also participates in video segments on TheStreet TV and serves as host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” television program.

Cramer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. He worked as a journalist at the Tallahassee Democrat and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, covering everything from sports to homicide before moving to New York to help start American Lawyer magazine. After a three-year stint, Cramer entered Harvard Law School and received his J.D. in 1984. Instead of practicing law, however, he joined Goldman Sachs, where he worked in sales and trading. In 1987, he left Goldman to start his own hedge fund. While he worked at his fund, Cramer helped start Smart Money for Dow Jones and then, in 1996, he founded TheStreet. In 2000, Cramer retired from active money management to embrace media full time, including radio and television.

Fundamentals of investing

Never turn a trade into an investment.

Your first loss is your best loss.

The FAANG stocks are…

If you’ve heard any of these investment mottos before, they all come from the same place, legendary hedge fund manager, investor and stock market educator extraordinaire Jim Cramer.

Fundamentals of Investing picks up where Personal Finance Essentials leaves off and is a the perfect primer for anyone looking to understand how markets function, how to interpret the news to find investment opportunities or how to learn how to value a company (and it’s stock) the way that we do every day at TheStreet.  It’s also ideally suited for anyone working with, or planning to work with, a financial advisor.

This course is led by the Dean of TheStreet University, Jim Cramer.

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Engaging Content

Topics are introduced with short, engaging videos. Text readings, expert videos, and reviews of real situations with real people bring stock investing to life.


Personalized Experience

Use the screening questions to get a personalized playlist or work through each module and take the quizzes at the end. It’s learning how to invest – your way.

Easy to Use

All material is loaded and ready-to-go, including videos, readings, quizzes and practice activities. No plug-ins and you can log in on any device.

Great Value

Understanding the fundamentals of investing will help you better manage your portfolio, evaluate individual stocks, and stay ahead of the sharks in the market.

Course Details

Module 1 — The Stock Market
  • Understand the basics of the stock market
  • Learn how to select the best broker for you
  • Ways you can use stock order types to maximize your positions
  • Learn what drives stock price fluctuations and how you can use it to your advantage
Module 2 — Macroeconomics
  • How trade and international markets impact your stock portfolio
  • Ways inflation, unemployment, GDP, and interest rates impact your stocks
  • Understand the Fed and how to trade their moves
  • Ways to market money in up markets and down markets
  • The data you need to track to make smart, analytical trades
Module 3 — Research
  • Spotting high-performing companies and tools to identify poor-performing companies
  • The keys to look for in financial statements
  • How to develop your own expectations and price targets for a stock
  • How to trade the news
Module 4 —Portfolio Management
  • How to manage your broader portfolio and diversify away risk
  • Risk management techniques used by the pros
  • How to rebalance your portfolio
Module 5 - Putting It All Together
  • How to develop your own market outlook
  • Managing your stock positions
  • Jim’s tips for managing the ups and the downs or trading