Golden Gate University
The TSAA-SF maintains a close relationship with Golden Gate University (GGU) in San Francisco. Below is a list of technical analysis courses that GGU offers on a regular basis. You may find more information and register for courses at www.ggu.edu. You may also find an up to date listing of the courses by looking under School of Business, Department of Finance, MS Finance. One can enroll in these courses without being a candidate for the Masters in Finance. (Please note that all of these courses not are offered every semester.)
FI 352 Technical Analysis of Securities with Martin Pring - 3 Units
Famed author of Technical Analysis Explained provides the content for this introductory class to Technical Analysis. The course examines empirical evidence concerning non-efficient markets in which technical analysis is thought to apply. Topics include trend analysis, turning-point analysis, charting techniques, volume and open interest indicators, contrary opinion theories, and technical theories such as Dow theory and Elliott waves. Prerequisite: FI 203 (or FI 100) or FI 300A.
FI 354 Wyckoff Method I - 3 Units
Studies the Richard D. Wyckoff method, a complete, time-tested and effective approach to market analysis and trading. The action sequence is a unique active-learning way to acquire the skills and judgment needed to apply the Wyckoff method. Prerequisite: FI 352 or consent of instructor.
FI 355 Wyckoff Method II - 3 Units
Continues the study of the Richard D. Wyckoff method, a complete, time-tested and effective approach to market analysis and trading. The action sequence is a unique active-learning way to acquire the skills and judgment needed to apply the Wyckoff method. Prerequisite: FI 352 and FI 354, or consent of instructor.
FI 358 Technical Market Analysis Strategies - 3 Units
Provides advanced studies in technical analysis and trading. Money management, investor psychology and technical analysis elements are considered. Focuses upon development of a trading plan. Prerequisite: FI 352 or consent of the instructor.
FI 360 Behavioral Finance - 3 Units
(formerly FI 498P) Introduces the theories developed by research into cognitive biases, investor emotions and herd effects; it explores the applications of these theories in corporate finance and investment management and suggests approaches through which sophisticated investors can exploit the opportunities created by non-rational investors. Traditional (or
standard) finance builds its theories on the presumption that assets are valued in modern financial markets through the buy-and-sell decisions of rational, profit-maximizing investors. An accumulating body of research challenges this fundamental presumption, suggesting instead that investment decisions are motivated by a complex array of non-rational psychological factors.
FI 498S - Building Effective Trading Systems - 3 Units
This course starts with a brief intensive review of technical analysis as practiced by Magee oriented analysts (classical chart analysis). This review is followed by cursory presentation of the most commonly used numerical technical analysis tools. Subsequently the course moves to consideration of interpretive and other sophisticated methods. Thus the course moves from chart and trend analysis through some selected number driven technical analysis tools to explanation of interpretive tools (Candlesticks).
Operation of each method and its advantages and disadvantages is discussed. A brief illustration of these tools integrated into tactics and strategy is also presented. Primary subjects of case study and exercise are stocks. Commodities will occasionally be referenced.