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started a new career after completing these courses

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Shareable Certificate

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Performance measurement and benchmarking

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 66 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Brief review of measuring returns12m
Measuring dollar-weighted vs. time-weighted returns5m
Computing excess returns over a benchmark11m
Compounding excess returns: Geometric mean excess return8m
Basic measures of risk8m
Measuring bad variation7m
Tracking error and residual risk6m
Summary1m
7 readings
Grading Policy10m
How to use discussion forums10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Lecture handouts: Comparing two portfolio returns10m
Comparing two portfolio returns- Quiz Solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Revisiting measures of risk10m
Revisiting measures of risk- Quiz Solutions10m
2 practice exercises
Comparing two portfolio returns26m
Revisiting measures of risk6m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Active vs. passive investing: Risk-adjusted return measures

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 47 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Sharpe ratio - Introduction to general notion4m
Constructing the Sharpe ratio6m
Sortino ratio3m
Treynor’s measure2m
Jensen’s alpha13m
Appraisal ratio and information ratio5m
Comparing the risk-adjusted measures6m
Summary1m
8 readings
Accompanying spreadsheet for "Jensen's alpha"10m
Accompanying spreadsheet for "Appraisal ratio and information ratio"10m
“The Sharpe ratio”, by William F. Sharpe10m
The Sharpe ratio and the information ratio10m
Lecture handouts: Risk-adjusted return measures10m
Instructions for practice quiz10m
Solutions10m
Active vs. passive investing: Risk-adjusted return measures - Quiz Solutions10m
2 practice exercises
Risk-adjusted return measures1h
Active vs. passive investing: Risk-adjusted return measures1h 30m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Performance evaluation: Style analysis and performance attribution

6 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 40 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Style analysis7m
Style Analysis - Part II4m
Style analysis: How does it work?7m
Performance attribution7m
Performance attribution: Numerical illustration7m
Summary2m
9 readings
Lecture handouts: Style Analysis10m
Style Analysis: Accompanying Excel spreadsheet10m
Asset allocation: Management style and performance measurement10m
Style Analysis - Quiz solutions10m
Lecture handouts: Performance attribution10m
Total Portfolio Performance Attribution Methodology10m
Performance attribution - Quiz Solutions10m
Performance evaluation: Style analysis and performance attribution- Quiz Solutions10m
End-Of-Course Survey10m
3 practice exercises
Style Analysis1h
Performance attribution1h
Performance evaluation: Style analysis and performance attribution1h 30m

About the Investment and Portfolio Management Specialization

In this four-course Specialization, you’ll learn the essential skills of portfolio management and personal investing. All investors – from the largest wealth funds to the smallest individual investors – share common issues in investing: how to meet their liabilities, how to decide where to invest, and how much risk to take on. In this Specialization, you will learn how to think about, discuss, and formulate solutions to these investment questions. You will learn the theory and the real-world skills necessary to design, execute, and evaluate investment proposals that meet financial objectives. You will begin with an overview of global financial markets and instruments that characterize the investment opportunities available to today’s investor. You will then learn how to construct optimal portfolios that manage risk effectively, and how to capitalize on understanding behavioral biases and irrational behavior in financial markets. You will learn the best practices in portfolio management and performance evaluation as well as current investment strategies. By the end of your Capstone Project, you will have mastered the analytical tools, quantitative skills, and practical knowledge necessary for long-term investment management success. To see an overview video for this Specialization, click here!...
Investment and Portfolio Management

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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