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In this course, you will learn about latest investment strategies and performance evaluation. You will start by learning portfolio performance measures and discuss best practices in portfolio performance evaluation. You will explore different evaluation techniques such as style analysis and attribution analysis and apply them to evaluate different investment strategies. Special emphasis will be given to recent financial market innovations and current investment trends. After this course, learners will be able to: • Describe performance measurement measures • Evaluate portfolio performance • Describe and contrast different investment strategies • Propose investment strategy solutions...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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4 hours to complete

Performance measurement and benchmarking

In this module, we focus on the central problem of performance measurement: how do you assess the increase in your wealth over a given period and evaluate the risk that was involved? In this module, you will learn how to calculate different return and risk measures and how you use these measures to evaluate a portfolio’s performance relative to a benchmark. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 66 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 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
Reading7 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Comparing two portfolio returns26m
Revisiting measures of risk6m
Week
2
Clock
5 hours to complete

Active vs. passive investing: Risk-adjusted return measures

In this module, we focus on constructing return-to-risk measures in order to compare investments in terms of their desirability. You are going to learn several different ways to calculate risk-adjusted return measures for an actively managed fund and understand how these measures differ from each other....
Reading
9 videos (Total 47 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 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
Reading8 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Risk-adjusted return measuresm
Active vs. passive investing: Risk-adjusted return measures30m
Week
3
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6 hours to complete

Performance evaluation: Style analysis and performance attribution

In this module, you are going to learn to use two analytical tools that are widely used in practice to evaluate what the portfolio performance can be attributed to. You will first learn about style analysis. Then, you will learn about attribution analysis, which has become a crucial component in internal evaluation system of investment managers and institutional clients in the industry. Focus will be placed on the practical applications. ...
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7 videos (Total 40 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Style analysis7m
Style Analysis - Part II4m
Style analysis: How does it work?7m
Performance attribution7m
Performance attribution: Numerical illustration7m
Summary2m
Reading9 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
Quiz3 practice exercises
Style Analysism
Performance attributionm
Performance evaluation: Style analysis and performance attribution30m
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Top Reviews

By MMAug 13th 2017

Very practical course. Highly recommended for someone pursuing a asset management role.

Instructor

Arzu Ozoguz

Finance Faculty
Jones Graduate School of Business

About Rice University

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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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