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Alternative Investments

  • Taught by leading investment managers
  • Introduces key participants in the industry
  • Prepares students for the CAIA Exam

Alternative investments are assets that do not fall into traditional asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. These courses explore alternative assets including private equity; hedge funds; venture capital; and assets such as cryptocurrencies, commodities, real estate, and forestry. Learn how to recognize different types of alternative investments, and become familiar with their role in building a well-diversified investment portfolio.

Venture Capital and Private Equity

Become familiar with the sources and techniques of venture capital, and discuss preparing a business plan, raising venture capital, and going public.

2020 Fall
1 section

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Learn the fundamentals of cryptocurrencies, become familiar with Bitcoin, and gain a broad overview of blockchain concepts.

2020 Fall
1 section

Hedge Fund Strategies

Explore investment strategies used by hedge fund managers in the areas of bonds, stocks, fixed assets, currency, options, and commodities.

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Gain an overview of the derivatives markets and an introduction to the four basic types of derivatives.

2020 Fall
1 section

Environment and the Financial Markets

Learn the basic principles that govern socially responsible investing in the context of environmental criteria and financial markets.

Socially Responsible Investing

Develop critical understanding of practical fundamentals in socially responsible investing, especially in regard to environmental issues.