School of Investment Management

5 days 21-25 Aug 2017, New York United States $5,414.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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Delegates of this course will also receive a free copy of John M. Longo’s Audio Book - The Art of Investing: Lessons from History’s Greatest Traders.


The last few years have seen a number of forces re-shaping the global investment management industry. Equity volatility, new fixed income products, the growth of hedge funds, commodities and real estate – to name but a few – have contributed to dramatic changes in investor preferences, investment styles and asset allocation. Traditional analytical frameworks and performance measures must now be used together with a new group of tools and metrics to interpret data, trends and performance in this new environment and for newer asset classes.
Join us for this intensive School which will give you the in-depth information you need to advance your investing skills. On completion of  the course you will be ready to implement your new skills into real-world investing activities, with the ultimate objective of increasing returns, reducing risks and attracting (and retaining) investors.

Course highlights include:

  • Devise asset allocation strategies for a post-credit crunch environment
  • Alpha analysis and information ratios in theory and practice
  • Learn and apply the principles of post-modern portfolio theory
  • Construct superior equity portfolios using behavioural finance theory
  • Reassess hedge fund investing in light of recent events
  • Learn how to implement portable alpha strategies via practical applications
  • Assess the opportunities offered by emerging alternative assets
  • Develop frameworks to accommodate real and tangible assets in portfolios

Who should attend

  • Portfolio / fund / asset managers
  • Investment analysts / advisors / strategists
  • Private bankers / investors
  • Heads of investment
  • Pension fund/ trustee managers
  • Regulators, auditors and actuaries
  • Securities sales people
  • Instructors

    We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

    New York
    John Longo

    The course director, CFA is Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the Finance Department at Rutgers Business School and the Chief Investment Strategist for The MDE Group, a registered investment advisor with $1.5 billion under management. At The MDE Group he is also a Principal in a $100 million hedge fund. Barron’s has ranked The MDE Group as the 4th best independent registered investment advisor in the U.S. for 2007 and 2008. He is author / editor of the critically acclaimed book, Hedge Fund Alpha: A Framework for Generating and Understanding Investment Performance. He has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, BBC World and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many other media outlets. Previously, he was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.


    New York

    New York Hotel

    This program takes place on a non-residential basis at a New York hotel. Non-residential course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

    As with all programmes on-site administrators are with you throughout the programme to ensure smooth administration and group interaction.

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    Day 1

    Introduction to Investment Management; Equity Analysis

    History of Portfolio Theory – Pre-Markowitz

    Modern Portfolio Theory

    • Markowitz Portfolio Theory
    • Capital Asset Pricing Model
    • Arbitrage Pricing Theory

    Failure of Modern Portfolio Theory

    • Behavioral Finance

    Portfolio Construction and Rebalancing Techniques

    Financial Statement Analysis

    • Ratio Analysis
    • Red Flags
    • Analysis of Business and Strategic Models

    Equity Valuation and Earnings Forecasts

    • Financial Modeling

    Sector Rotation Strategies

    Strategies of Great Investors

    • Benjamin Graham
    • John Templeton
    • Warren Buffett
    • Peter Lynch
    • David Dreman
    • Others

    Case Study: Equity investment management strategies

    Day 2

    Fixed Income Investment Management

    Macroeconomic Analysis

    • Monetary Policy
    • Fiscal Policy

    Interest Rate Risk

    • Duration
    • Convexity


    • Yield To Maturity
    • Yield To Call to Worst

    Fixed Income Securities

    • Plain Vanilla Bonds
    • Preferred Stock
    • Convertible Bonds
    • Mortgage Backed Securities
    • Credit Derivatives
    • Sovereign Inflation Protected Securities (e.g. TIPS)

    Credit Risk and Analysis

    Theories of the Term Structure of Interest Rates

    • Pure Expectations Hypothesis
    • Liquidity Preference Theory
    • Market Segmentation Hypothesis
    • Preferred Habitat Theory

    Bond Valuation

    • Prepayment Risk
    • Option Adjusted Spreads

    Passive Fixed Income Strategies

    Active Fixed Income Strategies

    • Substitutions Swaps
    • Inter-market Spread Swaps
    • Rate Anticipation Swaps
    • Pure Yield Pickup Swaps
    • Tax Swaps

    Portfolio Immunization

    • Designing a portfolio to match income needs

    Case Study: Fixed income investment management strategies

    Day 3

    Derivatives and Their Role in Investment Management

    Options and Factors Affecting Option Prices

    Options Valuation

    • Black Scholes Model
    • Binomial Model

    Options Strategies

    • Straddle
    • Covered Call
    • Protected Put
    • Bull Spread
    • Bear Spread
    • Collars

    Portfolio Insurance via Options

    • Futures

    Valuation of Futures Contracts

    • Commodity Futures
    • Financial Futures

    Information Contained In Futures Contracts


    • Equity Swaps
    • Interest Rate Swaps
    • Currency Swaps

    Structured Products

    • Principal Protected Notes
    • Return Enhanced Notes
    • Credit Risk

    Overlay Strategies

    • Portable Alpha

    Case Study: Using derivatives in investment management

    Day 4

    Hedge Funds and Management of Alternatives

    Overview of the Hedge Fund Industry

    • Hedge funds defined
    • History of hedge funds

    Hedge Fund Strategies

    • Long / Short
    • Market Neutral
    • Statistical Arbitrage
    • Fixed Income Arbitrage
    • Activist
    • Merger Arbitrage
    • Event Driven
    • Global Macro
    • Distressed

    Managing a Fund of Hedge Funds Portfolio

    • Carry trades
    • Hedge fund replication
    • Global trends in hedge funds

    Private Equity

    • Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs)
    • Mezzanine Financing
    • Venture Capital
    • J Curve Effect

    Real Estate

    • REITS
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Timber

    Case Study: Managing a hedge fund

    Day 5

    Risk Management and Performance Evaluation of Investment Portfolios

    International Investing

    • Characteristics of Global Markets
    • Home Country Bias

    Technical Analysis

    • Moving Averages
    • Oscillators
    • Point and Figure Charts
    • Trading Ranges
    • Breakouts

    Risk Management of Investments

    • Risk Levers – Concentration, Liquidity, Quality, Leverage

    Risk Measures

    • Correlation
    • Standard Deviation
    • Semi-Deviation
    • Value at Risk
    • Multifactor Risk Models
    • Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation

    Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH)

    • Violations of EMH - Market Anomalies

    Performance Evaluation Techniques

    • Sharpe Ratio
    • Treynor Measure
    • Sortino Ratio
    • Jensen Measure
    • Appraisal Ratio
    • Omega Ratio
    • Value at Risk
    • Upside to Downside Capture

    Theory of Active Portfolio Management

    • Black Treynor Model
    • Black Litterman Model

    Theoretical Size of Alpha

    • Investment Mosaics / Dashboards

    Case Study: Performance Evaluation

    Course Summary

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    • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
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