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Spring 2022  ›  Bachelor of Science  ›  Bachelor of Science - 4th Semester  ›  Financial Markets

Asset Management

Course Code:
ECON432
Lecturers:
Prof. Dr. Nic Schaub
Course Type:
BSc Course
Week Hours:
2,0
Term:
Spring 2022
Language:
Englisch
Credits:
3,0
(Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.)
The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to asset management. We will beginwith mutual funds, the most important investment vehicles in the asset management industry. We will look at investment strategies of mutual funds and evaluate their performance. We will also shed light on other players in asset management such as hedge funds. Finally, we will talk about recent trends in the asset management industry such as socially responsible investing, robo-advice, and social trading. Throughout the course, we will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the different players in the asset management industry. The assessment will be mostly based on (recent) academic research.

Problem sets accompany the lectures. Moreover, I plan to have one to two guest lectures from industry experts.

Roadmap

  1. Mutual funds
  2. Investment strategies
  3. Performance measurement
  4. Hedge funds
  5. Recent trends in asset management
  • Get an overview of the asset management industry
  • Understand how mutual funds are set up
  • Know about various investment strategies
  • Assess the performance of investment strategies
  • Understand how hedge funds differ from mutual funds
  • Know about recent trends in the asset management industry
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of different players in the asset management industry
  • Bodie, Z., A. Kane, and A.J. Marcus, 2021: Investments, 12th edition, McGraw-Hill (older editions should be fine as well).

  • Academic papers / industry reports (will bemade available during the lectures)
Lectures, problem sets, case studies, guest lectures
Written exam
90