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Hedge Funds

Courses In This Course

Creating and marketing hedge funds, and investing in them, is perhaps one of the least understood areas of asset management. While much of this stems from hedge funds’ renowned lack of transparency, it is also due to their very different focus compared to more “traditional” investments such as mutual funds. Hedge fund managers aim to outperform by generating returns that are not directly linked to market performance (beta). This element of out performance is attributable to the skill of the fund managers and their investment strategies (alpha).

 

But, as this course will show, all hedge funds are different. Their limited ownership and investment structure allows enormous freedom in investment philosophy and trading strategies.

 

For newcomers to world of finance in general and asset management in particular, it is important to have an understanding not only of the various hedge fund strategies but of the industry as a whole and its impact on financial markets and other market participants.

Objectives

Topics covered by the course include:

The defining characteristics of hedge funds

The key players in the hedge fund industry

The performance of hedge funds versus other asset classes

Hedge fund risks

Hedge fund evaluation

The major hedge fund investment styles

Learner Profile

  •    HEDGE FUNDS - AN INTRODUCTION

    Overview

    This course looks at the key characteristics of hedge funds and provides an outline of the development of the hedge fund industry. It then discusses the key players in the hedge fund industry and the roles they perform.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Alternative Assets – An Introduction

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  •    HEDGE FUNDS - INVESTING

    Overview

    In this course we describe the benefits and shortfalls of various measurements of risk and return and highlight the way in which an investor can examine alternative opportunities. We look at how it is possible to separate measurements of return which are “skill-based” from those due to overall market movements and how a potential investor can distinguish between “good” and “bad” hedge fund investments.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Hedge Funds – An Introduction

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  •    HEDGE FUNDS - STRATEGIES

    Overview

    Hedge funds exist to make money from investing – anywhere. This leads to numerous different and ever-evolving investing styles. These hedge fund investing styles are the subject of this course. It examines the key differences between such styles in terms of market exposure, required leverage, correlation to major markets, and gives a description of the key categories. It also briefly examines the topic of hedge fund factor analysis and replication.

    Course Duration

    75 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Hedge Funds – An Investing

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In addition to newcomers, this course will be useful for wealth management executives/client relationship managers, product specialists looking for a broader view of the business, and nonclient facing personnel requiring an understanding of the business they support.

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