This course provides both a theoretical and practical look into the world of managing alternative investments, in particular, hedge funds. The course is, however,...More >>
This course provides both a theoretical and practical look into the world of managing alternative investments, in particular, hedge funds. The course is, however, organized from the perspective of an asset manager (e.g. pension fund, endowment, family office, fund of funds, etc.) having to chose amongst a cross-section of hedge funds. The long-term goal of the course is for students to put endowment money to work. In order to do this, students need to understand how classic hedge fund strategies are executed, how to evaluate these strategies as well as new ones, how to manage risk, and how to perform due diligence on firms performing these strategies. The course intends to teach students in all of these areas. While the class is designed as a year-long, full credit (i.e., 6 units) course, it is possible for students to choose just the fall semester course, but not vice versa with respect to the spring semester. Students start from the beginning and are educated about the hedge fund sector, the building blocks of hedge fund strategies, and all the elements underlying due diligence. For the latter, students will have access to a proprietary software program (Focus/Vidrio) that helps them work through and understand the due diligence process. Quickly, the students move onto specific hedge fund strategies, and are provided a combination of lectures and outside industry speakers. This part of the course covers a significant portion of the fall semester. After learning about the various strategies and evaluation techniques, students will form groups and focus on one particular subsector. The groups will collect data, evaluate the funds in this subsector, and narrow themselves down to a meaningful list for further evaluation and due diligence. Throughout the semester, as students are learning about hedge fund strategies, students will also be learning in a complementary way about due diligence, taking practical examples related to each strategy using the software.
COR1-GB.2311 - Foundations of Finance