GSBC+Invest Bond Basics

Available Year-Round | Self-Paced Virtual Course | Audience: Beginner

Foundational Investments Training

Bond Basics is a self-paced virtual course designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the basic aspects of the investment portfolio. Participants may begin their Bond Basics coursework at any time.


The GSBC+Invest Bond Basics virtual course provides portfolio managers and individuals new to bank investments training on the mechanics and fundamentals of fixed-income investments from a community-banking perspective. Bond Basics is a pre-requisite of the GSBC+Invest Community Bank Investments School.


Course Objectives

Modules include:

  • The Basics of a Bond
  • Understanding Yield
  • Investment Portfolio Risks
  • Intro to Fixed-Income Securities
  • Intro to Portfolio Management

Bond Basics is an online, self-paced course taking users approximately 18-20 hours to complete, and includes video instruction, five module quizzes and a cumulative exam. Users also gain access to a workbook to aid in their learning.

Registration & Fees

Bond Basics is a beginner-level course that is best suited for portfolio managers, individuals tangentially involved in investments and directors of community banks.

Did you know? Bond Basics is a pre-requisite for the Community Bank Investments School. Those who register for both programs simultaneously receive a $200 discount.

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Meet the Instructor

Chris Nelson is president of Nelson Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm serving community-based financial institutions. He has been involved in banking and investments for almost 30 years, formerly serving as the chief investment officer and director of finance & treasury for a New England-based community bank.

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About GSBC+Invest

GSBC+Invest is a tiered training platform that powers the community bank investment portfolio by growing the skills of the team members who affect it.

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