Netherlands, Utrecht

Portfolio Management: Risk and the Behaviour of Investors

when 2 July 2012 - 13 July 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 935

The course will focus on the construction of investment portfolios. For people who work in the financial world understanding the concepts of risk en return is very important. Pension funds, investment funds and individual investors need to consider such components in order to manage their risks properly. The characteristics of individual investments like shares and bonds will be studied. Also the analysis of overall portfolio risk will be a point of focus. Modern derivative securities, like options and futures, can be important tools to manage the risk.

Apart from that, attention will be given to individual and collective psychological factors to explain the price movements in financial markets. This field, which is called behavioural finance, is a new and exiting approach to explain events on investment markets.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Arie Buijs

Target group

Students with interest in economics and business.

Course aim

After completing the course succesfully, students will be able to make an analysis of individual shares and bond investments. They have the insight that combining different investments into one portfolio can reduce the overall risk substantially. Also they will be aware that not everything is rational on financial markets, since pychological factors may influence investment decisions.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 935: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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