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Portfolio TheoriesRisk ManagementValue At Risk (VAR)Portfolio Optimization

Learner Career Outcomes

38%

started a new career after completing these courses

37%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Approx. 8 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

General Introduction and Key Concepts

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Some common mistakes you will no longer make after this course – Portfolio risk6m
Some common mistakes you will no longer make after this course – Free lunch9m
Distribution of returns - Graphical representation8m
Distribution of returns - Numbers5m
The risk-return trade-off - UBS guest speaker5m
2 readings
Course syllabus5m
Glossary10m
1 practice exercise
Graded quiz on the content of Week 110m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Modern Portfolio Theory and Beyond

2 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 89 min)
14 videos
The impact of correlation - Maximizing diversification6m
Reaching the efficient frontier - UBS guest speaker4m
The efficient frontier with a risk-free asset4m
Expanding the asset universe - International diversification5m
Expanding the asset universe - Country versus industry diversification4m
Do investors diversify internationally? - UBS guest speaker3m
The impact of constraints on optimal portfolios8m
The pitfalls of Modern Portfolio Theory - Assumptions8m
The pitfalls of Modern Portfolio Theory - Investors9m
Two-fund separation - Individual decision4m
Two-fund separation - Market level7m
Capital market equilibrium - The Capital Market Line5m
Capital market equilibrium - The Capital Asset Pricing Model9m
1 practice exercise
Graded quiz on the content of Week 215m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Asset Allocation

2 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
14 videos
How our age and wealth affect our investment profile - Robo-advisors8m
The path from an investor's profile to his/her optimal investment strategy - UBS guest speaker2m
Strategic asset allocation: MPT in practice - Definitions6m
Strategic asset allocation: MPT in practice - Implementation8m
Asset allocation versus stock picking: what matters more? - UBS guest speaker4m
Rebalancing a portfolio to maintain the SAA - SAA versus TAA6m
Rebalancing a portfolio to maintain the SAA - Weights and bounds9m
Key drivers of tactical asset allocation - Goals8m
Key drivers of tactical asset allocation - Implementation4m
Timing the market with tactical asset allocation - Shiller's CAPE7m
Timing the market with tactical asset allocation - Macroeconomic tools10m
How tactical asset allocation depends on macroeconomic fundamentals - UBS guest speaker6m
How to combine strategic and tactical asset allocations - UBS guest speaker4m
1 reading
The importance of asset allocation20m
1 practice exercise
Graded quiz on the content of Week 315m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Risk Management

2 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 95 min)
14 videos
Defining forwards and options - Options11m
Risk as volatility?4m
What about illiquidity? - UBS guest speaker2m
Currency risk - Return7m
Currency risk - Risk6m
Defining the Value-at-Risk4m
Computing the Value-at-Risk5m
Defining the Expected Shortfall6m
Computing the Expected Shortfall3m
Risk management applied to portfolio allocation6m
Banking regulation & Basel recommendations: How did we get there?7m
Hedging against market falls (using options)8m
Hedging against currency risk (using forwards)9m
1 practice exercise
Graded quiz on the content of Week 415m

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About the Investment Management Specialization

In this Specialization, you will understand how investment strategies are designed to reach financial goals in a global context. You will learn the theory that underlies strong investment decisions, as well as practical, real-world skills that you can apply when discussing investment proposals with your advisor, managing your personal assets or your client’s investment portfolio. You will start by developing a global understanding of financial markets and what impacts rational and irrational behaviors have in finance at the micro and macro levels. You will then learn how to adequately build and manage a portfolio with a long-term view while gaining an appreciation for novel research advances in finance and related areas as well as future trends that are shaping the investment management industry. In the final Capstone Project, you will create a sensible 5-year investment plan that accounts for an investor's goals and constraints in a dynamic economic landscape. Key speakers from UBS, our corporate partner, will contribute to this specialization by providing you with practical insights they have gathered through years of experience working for the world’s largest wealth manager. Director of this Specialization and main teaching contributor: Dr. Michel Girardin, Lecturer in Macro-Finance, University of Geneva...
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