Goldseek University (GSU)

Mission Statement

Goldseek University is a burgeoning online business - finance program dedicated to providing learners with the most pertinent skills / knowledge required to excel in the the highly competitive & dynamic investing arena. GSU has partnered in the past with the distance learning department at NDSU. Currently GSU offers two graduate level finance courses, an entry level graduate course (FIN 600) and an advanced graduate class (FIN 610).

FIN 600 - Financial Engineering & Investing
(5 credits)


The FIN 600 Graduate Course in Financial Engineering & Investing is designed to help learners avoid the pitfalls of investing and to achieve financial independence. The course material includes theoretical and practical concepts in personal finance & economics. Learners will explore, research, and apply pragmatic solutions to actual investing challenges. Topics include best practices in: personal finance, portfolio theory, stock & commodities market investing, real estate investing, banking, general economics and APA style and formatting. The suggested work load is 10-15 hours per week. One hour of reading / homework per night and 5-10 hours of course work on weekends.

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FIN 610 - Advanced Financial Economics

(5 credits)

Course Summary

The FIN 610 Graduate Course in Advanced Financial Economics is a follow up course to the FIN 600 Graduate Course in Finance. FIN 610 examines advanced components of the financial arena, placing particular emphasis on stock / bond pricing models and modern financial analysis. The course is designed to enhance financial understanding in order to make improved investing decisions. Aspiring money managers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs and investors will become highly skilled at boosting investment returns, reducing portfolio risk levels and developing better-quality portfolio / corporate profits.

Course topics include academic and pragmatic concepts in personal finance & economics. Learners are guided in their research in order to assist in applying realistic answers to genuine investing problems. Topics include widely accepted policies in the areas of: personal finance, stocks & commodities, portfolio theory and analysis, real estate, the banking sector, financial economics and APA style and formatting. The suggested work load is 15 hours per week, split into one hour of reading per night and 5-10 hours of homework on the weekend.

The FIN 610 Graduate Course in Advanced Financial Economics includes a free copy of arguably one of the leading financial texts, Investments by Bodie, Kane and Marcus (2007). The digital format facilitates easy reading on desktops and laptops. A convenient download link is provided on this syllabus.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Apply APA formatting and style to assignments.
2. Evaluate risk management methodologies within financial markets, individual securities, and financial institutions.
3. Assess current and past views on the efficient market theory.
4. Estimate investment valuations.
5. Evaluate bond portfolio term structure, interest rate risk, and duration.
6. Compare and contrast value and risk associated with common stocks.
7. Determine the ideal valuation method: capital asset pricing or arbitrage pricing.
8. Identify and determine the appropriate portfolio hedging method via derivatives using delta-neutral and gamma techniques.
9. Research, analyze, and assess market structure.
10. Contrast and compare the investing strategies of three great investors.

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