Department of Economics & Finance Present Their 2008-2009 Financial Lecture Series


Immediate: September 3, 2008Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 e-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.eduThe Nassau Center for Economic Education and the NCC Department of Economics & Finance Present Their  2008-2009 Financial Lecture Series

Garden City, NY  The Nassau Center for Economic Education and the Department of Economics & Finance at Nassau Community College are pleased to present the following Financial Lecture Series:Date Topic Presenter9/25/08 Introduction to Investments Dr. R. SchroderFocuses on the fundamentals of investments in theory and practice. Considers the place of stocks, mutual funds and bonds in an investment portfolio and looks at the historical record for each. Discusses the advantages of asset allocation and diversification and the coordination of investment goals and asset classes.10/14/08 Exploring Mutual Funds Prof. R. MeiselasGives an overview of how mutual funds work and why mutual funds offer investment advantages. Describes factors to consider when investing in mutual funds and common pitfalls to avoid. Mutual fund valuation will be explored, as well as tax implications.11/20/08 Bond Market Fundamentals Prof. J. LawlessDefines debt instruments and compares bonds versus stocks. Bond valuation, bond ratings and bond agencies will be covered. Collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), mortgage backed debt and the current financial crisis, including the newly coined phrase “contra-party risk,” will be analyzed. Liquidity issues, including “Auction Reset Securities” and their inherent financial ramifications will be examined. *This lecture will be in Building G, Room 123.

2/10/09 Retirement Accounts Prof. D. BraunshweigerAddresses the benefits of investing in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and/or a 401K (a company sponsored plan). Time will also be spent differentiating between a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA.

3/26/09 An Introduction to Financial Dr. R. Herman Ratios & StatementsHighlights a macroeconomic approach to understanding financial ratio analysis. Concentrates on how factors such as forecasting Gross Domestic Product, National Income and inflation, among others, affect selected financial ratios of domestic publicly owned corporations. This analysis will extend from the macroeconomic world of the U.S. economy to the microeconomic environment of various corporation categories and show how each is integrated within the broad categories of financial ratio analysis. *This lecture will be in Building G, Room 123.

4/21/09 Basics of Technical Analysis Prof. M. KratochvilDifferentiates between fundamental and technical analysis. The Dow Theory will be used to explain the underlying assumptions of technical analysis. The psychology of market behavior and the tools of technical analysts will be explored. Charts, trends, moving averages, volatility and Relative Strength Index will be briefly examined.

All lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Building F, Room 123 at 11:30 a.m. on the date indicated (unless otherwise noted). For more information about this program, call Prof. Marie Kratochvil at 516.572.7181 or e-mail her at


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