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‘You Can Proudly Call Yourself a Strategic Investor, Not a Speculator’

‘You Can Proudly Call Yourself a Strategic Investor, Not a Speculator’

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HSE University’s Online Campus is accepting applications for ‘Master of Finance’, an online programme taught in English at the HSE Banking Institute. The design of the online programme meets the needs not only of current students, but also of working professionals who want to expand their knowledge of financial strategies and learn how to increase their investments and diversify risks.

Vasily Solodkov

‘In the Master’s programmes “Financial Analyst” and “Master of Finance”, students learn how changes in the financial markets impact the decisions of both private and corporate investors,’ says Vasily Solodkov, Director of the HSE Banking Institute, Academic Supervisor of the Master’s programme ‘Financial Analyst’ and the online ‘Master of Finance’ programme.

The content of the English-language Master’s programme is based on the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)—the syllabus of the CFA Institute. The CBOK is based on the latest approaches in the study of financial market problems and is updated annually following the results of a survey of the world’s leading employers.

The digital Master’s programme is based on core courses covering all three levels of the CFA syllabus, econometrics, finance theory, as well as elective and specialised disciplines (Financial Reporting and Analysis, Quantitative Methods in Finance, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Alternative Investments, Derivatives and Financial Engineering, CFA Ethics & Professional Standards).

Training on the programme involves real-time project work with leading industry experts, including holders of CFA, FRM, and ACCA international certificates. This allows online students to solve actual industry cases and receive instant feedback from its leaders.

‘The design of the programmes takes into account the needs of both recent university graduates and professionals who want to improve their knowledge in the field of finance, as well as to preserve and increase their savings,’ says Vasily Solodkov. ‘For example, Dmitry Perkov, Regional Manager at Johnson & Johnson, entered the online Master’s programme to learn how to form and manage an investment portfolio, to understand factor and quantitative investing.’

Dmitry Perkov

Dmitry Perkov at the Open Day of the ‘Master of Finance’ online programme: 

‘Vasily Solodkov said that a master’s programme is a second chance. I am a living example of such a second chance. I graduated from the Academy of National Economy as a civil servant, but I have never worked in my specialisation—I worked in large, international corporations. Now I head the regional branch of a company in the field of healthcare. But as it turned out, I am a financier at heart. I started investing some time ago, and I realised that I was interested in it. The “Master of Finance” programme provides a comprehensive understanding of financial processes from macro to microeconomics. You begin to understand how key rates and bond yields are related, how the stock market will behave, how this or that phase of the economic cycle or government decision can affect specific things. All this knowledge helps you think far ahead. Thanks to this, you can proudly call yourself a strategic investor, not a speculator, and make informed investment decisions. All of this can be learned here. The programme provides an opportunity to understand how you manage your financial portfolio, as well as learn about modern approaches to risk analysis and investment income assessment.’

The document submission deadline for applications to the ‘Master of Finance’ programme is September 15th.

The course starts on October 1st.

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