Product innovation in the asset management industry has led to a proliferation of alternative funds and investment strategies, many of which are in nontraditional, often illiquid, asset classes. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of alternative investments, how to evaluate them (risks and returns), and the role they play in portfolio diversification. The course covers many prevalent strategies including private credit, private equity, structured credit, real assets, and hedge funds. Students form teams of investment analysts tasked with evaluating an alternative investment opportunity for the chief investment officer of a university endowment fund.
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