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Who should attend
Portfolio managers, analysts, and risk managers with 3 - 5 years of experience who are looking to reinvigorate their quantitative, fundamental, portfolio and risk management skills in equities and fixed income. In addition, the participants will also be exposed to a real-time macroeconomic view on current global issues affecting investment management. The programme is also relevant for those planning to make the switch from operations and administration-type functions in financial institutions to the front office, and who already have basic knowledge of investments and financial analysis.
About the course
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Portfolio Management Programme is a 7-day training programme at NUS Business School, Singapore, developed by academic professionals for investment professionals, and conducted at the world’s most advanced Investment Management & Trading Lab. By the end of this course participants are expected to research, write, and publish equity & fixed income investment reports, build simple multifactor models for screening and alpha generation purposes, perform live & backtested portfolio investment strategies to develop the participants’ equity research, stock-picking and credit skills, and perform portfolio optimisation and risk management analysis.
- In-depth knowledge of methodologies & models used in theory and in practice - Multifactor Models, Fixed Income & Currencies, Liquidity, Value Enhancement Strategies and the Global Economy
- Hands-on computational finance, risk & portfolio management, and trading & execution abilities
- An understanding of hedge fund and alternative investment strategies, manager due diligence
PART 1: Quantitative Techniques by Professor Richard Yeh (Senior Advisor, CAMRI)
Part 1 of this course is an advanced training seminar in state-of-the-art financial management techniques, drawing on Modern Portfolio Theory. It will serve as a comprehensive real world examination of the quantitative techniques available in portfolio management, and how these might be applied to the investment management industry. Topics covered include Bayes-Stein shrinkage estimation, Monte Carlo simulations & Resampling, Black-Litterman Model, and dealing with asynchronous and missing data using Stambaugh-Efron methodology. Part 1 is for 2.5 days.
PART 2: Fundamental Investing in Asia by Professor Robert Lewis (Member, Advisory Council, CAMRI)
Part 2 of this course will highlight the skills necessary from a theoretical and practical standpoint for investing using a "fundamental" approach. The course aims to apply traditional Graham & Dodd "deep value" investment theory with the practical challenges of investing in Asian equity markets. Participants will gain practical experience in fundamental research techniques including interviewing company management, and doing company and sector due diligence to determine corporate governance strengths, quality of accounting information, fraud detection, etc., and financial statement modeling. Part 2 is for 1.5 days.
PART 3: Fixed Income and Currencies ("FIC") by Professor Ganesh Ramchandran
We provide insights into interest rate, FX and credit markets and products, from an industry insider's perspective. The focus will be on valuation and risk management in "FIC", with real-life examples from the banking and hedge fund world. The training will emphasize practical case study applications, including asset-liability management, cross currency swaps, and an in-depth analysis of infamous derivative "accidents" in history. Part 3 is for 1.5 days.
PART 4: Securities Valuation, Risk & Portfolio Management by Professor Joseph Cherian (Director, CAMRI)
Part 4 of this course will serve as a comprehensive real world examination of the quantitative, fundamental, behavioral, and model-based approaches utilized for performing securities valuation in the financial industry. Major topics covered include Relative Valuation, building Multifactor Models, Liquidity, Behavioral Finance, Portfolio & Risk Management, and Value Enhancement Strategies. Lectures will include hands-on lab projects, interaction with practitioners from the industry, and real-life portfolio management examples. Part 4 is for 1 day.
PART 5: Current Issues in the Global Economy Affecting Portfolio Management by Professor Kim Sun Bae (former Chief Economist - Asia, Goldman Sachs)
This part of the course highlights some of the key changes unfolding in the macroeconomic and policy front, both globally and within Asia, which will shape the investment landscape over the near- to medium-term. Some of the current burning issues to be covered include: Prospects and risks of monetary policy "normalization" in the US; Rebalancing in China and its implications for Asia and the world; and Financial regulation post the global financial crisis. Lectures will apply some of the tools (models) of macroeconomics and international finance in framing these issues. Part 5 is for half a day.
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY August 2012 – Present Professor (Practice), Department of Strategy and Policy, National University of Singapore Business School Courses Taught (all at MBA level) Macroeconomics and the Global Economy Macroeconomics and Finance: Perspectives from Asia Macroeconomics and Fi...
Education Qualifications Ph.D., Finance, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, USA, 1993 M.S., Finance, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, USA, 1992 B.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1986 Research Interest Qua...
Ganesh Ramchandran has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School, where he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Risk Management and Fixed Income. He is actively involved in CAMRI’s g-CAPM Executive Education programme and has been teaching the Fi...
Robert Lewis, CFA, Investment Manager, Novatera Capital Robert Lewis invests in Asian smaller companies in his role as the investment manager of the Hidden Jewels Fund. He is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School, where he teaches an MBA course in Value I...
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