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.

This semester, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Alternative Investments

Gain the skills to diversify portfolios and exploit the inefficiencies in markets by focusing on nontraditional assets and investment strategies.

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

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

2023 Summer
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Socially Responsible Investing

Learn about socially responsible investing (SRI) strategies, markets, and stakeholders, as well as its practicalities within societies and markets.

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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.

Hedge Fund Strategies

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

Environment and the Financial Markets

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


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

Impact Investing and Financial Inclusion

Impact investors seek to generate environmental and social impacts in addition to financial returns. This course introduces you to how markets...