This module provides a thorough overview of recent developments in investment strategies including a description of the peculiarities of alternative asset classes. The main emphasis will be on the various complementary investment vehicles, methods and industries, namely hedge funds, commodities, private equity and hedge funds.
The first part of the course offers an analysis of hedge fund strategies in terms of trading, risk management and organisation. The second part of the course concentrates on trading commodities (metals, energy and agricultural). The third part focuses on private equity (venture capital and leveraged buyout). The final part introduces alternative real estate financing and its investment vehicles.