About this Specialization

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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!
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Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
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English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Global Financial Markets and Instruments

4.6
stars
1,223 ratings
243 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Portfolio Selection and Risk Management

4.7
stars
395 ratings
69 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Biases and Portfolio Selection

4.5
stars
202 ratings
25 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Investment Strategies and Portfolio Analysis

4.1
stars
200 ratings
47 reviews

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  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • The Specialization is 15 weeks long, plus the additional Capstone Project time.

  • The specialization will be at an introductory level. While each course in this Specialization can be viewed as self-contained, starting with fundamentals, some background in business and finance and familiarity with basic statistical concepts is recommended.

  • It is recommended that the courses are taken in the order Course 1 "Global Financial Markets and Instruments", Course 2 "Asset Allocation and Risk Management", Course 3 "Giving Markets a Human Dimension: Behavioral Finance", and then Course 4 "Money Management Industry: Investment Strategies and Performance Evaluation".

  • Each course in the Specialization has learning objectives that together make up the overarching goal for this Specialization. After successful completion of all four specialization courses and the capstone project, learners will be able to demonstrate the quantitative skills and the practical knowledge to apply the analytical tools required in pursuing ‘state-of-the-art’ investment management practices.

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