This course teaches you the concepts of risk and expected return. This course presents an overview of the basic concepts and techniques used to construct financial portfolios. You will learn about the investment process and get a very good understanding of economic, industry, and company analyses. We will also look at understanding and interpreting major portfolio management and risk concepts. Through this course, you will discover the basic concepts of Modern Portfolio Theory.
In the second half of the course we explore the frameworks to measure investment performance, as well as the various measures of investment performance. Finally, you will learn how to measure performance of equity, bonds and hedge funds. After completing this course, you will be able to appreciate the details that go into the creation of investment portfolios.

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Basics of Investments

The first module discusses the basics of investment process and the time value of money. The concept of time value of money is extended to value assets with cash flows. In the process, we develop shortcuts for valuing annuities and perpetuities. The student is then introduced to the concept of Risk and Return. The module ends with a discussion of Utility theory.