Grow the Value of Your Portfolio with Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments will equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities in private equity, hedge funds, and real estate, and enable you to leverage them to maximize value and diversify portfolios.

Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments

Grow the Value of Your Portfolio with Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments will equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities in private equity, hedge funds, and real estate, and enable you to leverage them to maximize value and diversify portfolios.

What You'll Learn

  • Speak the language of alternative investments so that you can better communicate and collaborate with your colleagues and customers
  • Evaluate alternative investments-including private equity, private debt, hedge funds, and real estate and identify their defining elements, such as size, risk, and liquidity
  • Develop the confidence and ability to assess potential investment opportunities and maximize the value of your portfolio
  • Gain the skills and strategies to choose the right alternatives manager or become that future manager yourself

About the Professors

Victoria Ivashina is the Lovett-Learned Chaired Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and the faculty chair of the Global Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa region. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research,a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research.

Randolph Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit at Harvard Business School and teaches Investment Management at MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the interface between institutional investors’ actions and price levels in the stock market. Cohen has helped start and grow a number of investment management firms, and served as a consultant to many others.

Arthur Segel is a Baker Foundation Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. Segel was a founder of TA Realty, a real estate advisory, investment, and development firm, and co-founded The Tobin Project, a nonprofit that was awarded in 2012 the MacArthur Genius Award for an Organization for its work on inequality. Segel has been named one of the 30 most influential players in real estate in the world by Private Equity Real Estate.

Who Will Benefit

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Early-Career Financial Service Professionals

Gain a competitive edge by developing actionable skills in the alternative investments field you can leverage to advance your career.

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Aspiring Finance or Investment Professionals

Jumpstart your career by gaining the skills and knowledge to join one of the fastest-growing fields in finance.

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Non-Finance Professionals

Learn to speak the language of alternative investments to better serve your financial services clients' needs and become a more effective attorney, CPA, or overall colleague.

Program Structure

Alternative Investments consists of approximately 30-35 hours of material delivered over a five-week period. You can complete the coursework on your own time while meeting regular deadlines.

Participants should have completed an undergraduate-level introductory finance course or equivalent at some point during their education and possess a basic understanding of capital markets, portfolio theory, and risk and return.

July 2020

Course Start Date: 29th July

Length: 5 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

October 2020

Course Start Date: 21st October

Length: 5 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

January 2021

Course Start Date: 20th January

Length: 5 Weeks

Regular price $1,600

Enrolment process needs to be completed 2 weeks prior of the program Start Date

Syllabus

Alternative Investments will equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities in private equity, private debt, hedge funds, and real estate. You will learn how to speak the language of alternative investments, evaluate types of alternative investments and their defining qualities, and develop the confidence and ability to assess potential investment opportunities and maximize the value of your portfolio.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 5 modules by stated deadlines.

Syllabus

Alternative Investments will equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities in private equity, private debt, hedge funds, and real estate. You will learn how to speak the language of alternative investments, evaluate types of alternative investments and their defining qualities, and develop the confidence and ability to assess potential investment opportunities and maximize the value of your portfolio.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 5 modules by stated deadlines.

Modules Case Studies Takeaways Key Exercises
Module 1: Private Equity
  • BC Partners Acquires Acuris
  • Learn what private equity is, sources of risk and value, and how it is funded
  • Analyze the different segments of private equity: growth equity, buyouts, and venture capital
  • Calculate the value of equity
  • Identify and rank private equity segments by their attributes and skills required
Module 2: Private Debt and Distress Investing
  • Oaktree Capital Management Acquires Pierre Foods's Debt
  • Blackstone's GSO Capital Invests in Cross Tax
  • Compare and contrast private equity and debt
  • Analyze investment strategies and sources of value
  • Identify skills needed for successful distress investing
  • Classify attributes of investment opportunities
  • Rank deals by their characteristics
Module 3: Hedge Funds
  • Activist Investing with The Children's Investment Fund
  • Learn key elements of hedge funds, including fee structure and sources of risk and value
  • Understand types of arbitrage and strategies
  • Characterize core quantitative investing strategies
  • Calculate alpha and beta
  • Arbitrage trading simulation
Module 4: Real Estate Secondaries
  • Real Estate Valuation with 625 Ground Lessor LLC
  • Learn how real estate differs from the rest of the alternatives space
  • Understand types of real estate investments
  • Compare and contrast secondaries and traditional private equity
  • Identify phases of the real estate market
  • Prepare for a real estate negotiation
  • Conduct valuation analysis
  • Classify real estate products based on their diversification potential
  • Match characteristics to funds
Module 5: Portfolio Construction
  • Challenges of Alternatives with PFA Pension Fund
  • Describe the "money journey" and the key players involved
  • Interpret metrics to analyze performance
  • Understand risk and complementarity in portfolios
  • Discuss trends in alternatives
  • Test knowledge of lockup period, liquidity frequency, and notice period
  • Practice analysis of key metrics
  • Rank investment risks

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