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What is the Micro-Certificate in Alternative Investments?

Over time, the list of assets that are considered investable assets has grown. In today’s market environment, many investors are looking beyond traditional investments such as equities and bonds and turning to alternative investments (known as “alternatives”). More and more investors seek these investments for their returns, diversification benefits, and protection against inflation. But what are alternative investments? The category includes non-traditional assets such as commodities, private equity, infrastructure, and cryptocurrencies, as well as investment strategies that differ from long-only positions in stocks and bonds. If you are considering investing in alternatives, the Micro-Certificate in Alternative Investments will equip you with the comprehensive knowledge you need to understand them.

What skills will you develop?

You will learn how to:

  • Describe the risks of investing in alternatives.
  • Describe the main structural features of hedge funds, alternative mutual funds, and funds of hedge funds.
  • Explain how the various types of alternative strategies work.
  • Identify the investor groups for whom liquid alternatives might be most suitable.
  • Discuss in detail the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of bitcoin investing, along with the taxation and regulation of bitcoin.
  • Describe how payment networks and large companies are integrating cryptocurrencies into their systems.
  • Explain the various ways to invest in real assets and the benefits and risks of each method. 
  • Learn about the benefits and risks of investing in private markets and explain where this opportunity may fit into a client’s portfolio.

What is the path to the Micro-Certificate in Alternative Investments?

Who Should Enrol?

Individuals seeking to understand alternative investments so they can discuss them knowledgeably with their clients and determine their suitability. As the courses on the learning path to this Micro-Certificate are all accredited for multi-jurisdictional CE credits, this program will interest any registrant who needs to meet professional development CE requirements.

Course Completion and Digital Badge

Upon successfully completing this course, you can accept a digital badge through your student profile. Digital badges are portable image files that allow you to share your credentials across the web. You can post them to your email signature, personal website, social media channels—even to electronic copies of your resume.