Investments 101

Event has passed (Sat Apr 21, 2018 - Sat Apr 21, 2018)
San Francisco State University (SFSU) - Downtown Campus
9:00am - 5:00pm
Class / Workshop


Investments 101
1-Day Executive Education Program
Managing your money wisely is critical for financial success.

The purpose of Investments 101 is to introduce you to important aspects of investments and finance that you need to know to manage your money. Topics include valuation, risk and reward, capital markets, stock and bond investments, and understanding mutual funds.

You will learn how to use a financial calculator (HP10BII is preferred), calculate mortgage payments and understand how mortgage rates are quoted. We will have interactive computer exercises on mutual fund companies (e.g., Fidelity) and you will learn how to calculate the total returns (price and income) for portfolios. Come learn from a dedicated investor and professor in an atmosphere of like-minded professionals!

This interactive program is designed for participants to learn the fundamentals of investments. In learning the jargon, performance and risk of different asset types, you will have the foundation to manage your money for the rest of your life. This program provides a solid foundation and introduction of investments and the tools for practical application in the real world. Your instructor has managed money as a fiduciary for pension funds and individuals for thirty years. And he has taught these topics at San Francisco State University over the last thirty years.

Event ticket costs $250* USD. Please register at the Eventbrite

A 10% discount is given for taking both classes: Investments 101 and Finance for Non-Finance Professionals. Current SF State students and alumni and those who register early will receive a special discounted price. Program pricing and dates subject to change.

* This ticket includes light refreshments throughout the day.

Who Should Attend
Our session is for everyone to help manage his or her finances. You will learn how to use a calculator to verify performance figures (total returns) for your retirement and individual portfolios. You will be able to calculate mortgage payments and when to refinance.

Program Objectives
Learn how to master a financial calculator
Understand how to read basic financial statements
Understand how to read financial statements and to use Google finance
Understand investment choices; I.e. “asset classes”, such as US and international stocks, bonds, and cash
Understand how to assess the risk of various asset classes
Learn how to build a diversified portfolio with low fees and high expected returns
Course Outlines
How to use a calculator and understand its functions
Basic terminology and jargon
Understand the investable universe and asset opportunities
Understand the risk and return of asset classes
Understand how to build an efficient portfolio
Basic financial ratios
Understanding how to read and understand financial pages
Common financial planning pitfalls


Herb Meiberger, CFA

Herb Meiberger, CFA®, is a lecturer of Finance at San Francisco State University’s College of Business and has taught courses in corporate finance and investments since 1982. Concurrently, from 1992 to 2017, he was elected to five consecutive terms as a Board Member of the City and County of San Francisco’s Employees’ Retirement System. Mr. Meiberger served as Chairman of the Investment Committee and Chairman of the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Committee. Mr. Meiberger is a principal of Berkeley Investment Advisors, and manages retirement accounts and trust funds for individuals. Mr. Meiberger holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of South Dakota, an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®).


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