Investment Courses

Simi Valley Investment Services | Helping Our Clients Make Better Investment Choices | 
Helping You Create a plan for Your Future |  Phone 805.210.2997 | Simi Valley, California

Online Course Fees and Overview

Courses will be available only through our Live Online Meeting Platform through 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In-person courses are planned for 2021 if conditions safely permit.


  1. Single 1-Day Course enrollment: $250
  2. Full 2-Day Course enrollment: $400

Course 1: Stocks, Bonds and General Securities Overview | Instructor: Dan Goldberg

Objective: Gain a general understanding of the investing process, common securities, the impact of inflation, and delve into the detailed workings of stock and bond investing.


Course Description:

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1) Overview of Securities Investment     

  • a. Course Goals
  • b. General investment concepts and purpose of securities investment
  • c. Why does a majority of today’s professionals invest in securities?
  • d. Brokerage firms

2) Common Investment Accounts     

  • a. Employer sponsored retirement plans
  • b. Individual and self-employed retirement plans
  • c. Rollover Retirement Accounts
  • d. Health Savings and Educational Savings Accounts
  • e. Individual taxable investment accounts
  • f. Estates, Trusts and Annuities
  • g. Retirement savings “Catch-up” provisions

3) Available Securities and the Impact of Inflation   

  • a. Detailed overview of available securities
  • b. Bonds and other fixed income securities
  • c. Common stock and preferred shares
  • d. Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • e. Complex Securities (Options, CDOs, REITs, Derivatives etc.)
  • f. Fundamentals of inflation
  • g. What is inflation?
  • h. How inflation impacts our spending power
  • i. How inflation affects equities and fixed-income securities differently

4) Bonds and Related Debt Securities     

  • a. Bond mechanics (how bonds function)
  • b. Bond types
  • c. Bond Credit ratings and risk management
  • d. Pros and Cons of fixed income investments
  • e. Common Terms, definitions and bondholder’s rights
  • f. Examples and calculations
  • g. Interest rates and inflationary risks
  • h. Living off fixed income investments during retirement
  • i. Calculations used to evaluate bonds for purchase
  • j. Short-term protection vs. Long-term growth

5) Stocks – The Fundamentals of Equity Investing     

  • a. Stocks and partial ownership
  • b. Rights of stockholders
  • c. Pros and Cons
  • d. Inflation protection and dividends
  • e. Broad returns reflect economic performance
  • f. Volatility, the voting machine and market forces
  • g. Margin of safety
  • h. Long-term growth vs. short-term risks
  • i. Stock evaluation and financial metrics
  • j. Growth vs. Value investment strategies
  • k. Stock comparison and the impact of market forces

2020 Schedule for Online Course 1

  • Tuesday - August 11
  • Tuesday - September 8
  • Tuesday - October 13
  • Tuesday - November 10
  • Tuesday - December 8


Course 2: Mutual Funds, ETFs, Portfolio and Retirement Planning | Instructor: Dan Goldberg

Objective: Detailed analysis of Mutual Funds, ETFs and Portfolio and Retirement Planning Strategies.


Course Description:

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1) Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds     

  • a) Course overview
  • b) Mutual funds and how they simplify the investment process
  • c) What’s in a mutual fund?
  • d) Blended, diversified and focused funds
  • e) Overview of benchmarks/indices, fund fees and trading limitations
  • f) “Active” and “Passive” management of mutual funds
  • g) Impact of high fund fees on investor performance
  • h) Fund comparisons
  • i) Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs):
  • j) Similarities and differences to mutual funds
  • k) ETFs vs. Mutual Funds as investment vehicles
  • l) Hyper-active trading of ETFs
  • m) How some ETFs have diverged from their origins

2) Portfolio Management     

  • a. Historical performance of stocks and bonds
  • b. The importance of diversification
  • c. Bull and bear Markets
  • d. Asset allocation and long-term returns
  • e. Blended portfolios and the need for stability
  • f. Rebalancing and adjusting stock and bond ratios over time
  • g. Keeping investment costs reasonable
  • h. Short-term and long-term investment strategies
  • i. Detailed retirement calculation examples
  • j. Fixed-income calculation examples
  • k. Risk tolerance and managing expectations

3) Dangers of Complex Securities, Leverage and Statistics     

  • a. Clarity and a security’s underlying structure
  • b. How complex securities led to the 2008-2009 collapse
  • c. Complex security examples and their inherent dangers
  • d. Hedge funds and “hedged’ mutual funds
  • e. Leveraged, amplified and inverse amplified ETFs
  • f. An overreliance on statistics and false security
  • g. Speculation, trading and the herd mentality
  • h. Investing in international securities

2020 Schedule for Online Course 2

  • Thursday - August 13
  • Thursday - September 10
  • Thursday - October 15
  • Thursday - November 12
  • Thursday - December 10





Refund Policy

Course cancellations made 3 days or more in advance of the course date, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations that are made with less than 3 days’ notice, will incur a 10% fee.

Please contact us if you need to reschedule a course date or have any questions. Call us at (805) 210-2997 or email at dan@simi-investments.com