Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Alternative Investments
    • Alternative Investment in Portfolio Management
    • Introduction to Hedge Funds
    • Risk of Hedge Funds
    • Hedge Fund Benchmarks and Asset Allocation
    • Introduction to Commodity
    • Commodity and Managed Futures
    • Real Estate Investment and Asset Allocation
    • Real Estate Investment Trusts and Indices
    • Venture Capital and Leverage Buyouts
    • Mezzanine Financing and Distressed Debts
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  • CLO 1: Examine and assess return, risk and other relevant characteristics of alternative investments
  • CLO 2: Analyse the role of alternative investments in portfolio management and explore the increasing significance of alternative investments in asset management industry
  • CLO 3: Construct a portfolio that includes alternative investments
  • CLO 4: Understand due diligence related to investing in alternative investments
  • CLO 5: Work and communicate collaboratively in a professional environment.
  • Assignment 1 - Assessment - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Final Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Project - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

In this subject you will develop skills and knowledge of alternative investments that are predominantly used in the asset management industry. It provides an in-depth look at risk and return characteristics of various alternative investments including hedge funds, commodities, real estate and private equity (venture capital, leverage buyouts, mezzanine financing and distressed debt). You will also assess the use of alternative investments into mainstream portfolio management strategy.

The subject will combine theory with empirical exercises and you will apply analytical skills while exploring complicated issues that are specific to alternative investments.
 
In this subject you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be support through various online discussions and activities comprising of individual and group work. These may include prescribed and required readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; discussion; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects; exam.

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