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Hedge Funds and Liquid Alternatives for Mutual Fund Representatives (HFLA)


What You Will Learn

LESSON 1: Introduction to Alternative Investments

  • What are Alternative Investments

LESSON 2: Investing in Alternatives — Benefits and Risks

  • Why Invest in Alternative Investments?
  • Efficient Frontier
  • Empirical Evidence
  • What is Risk?
  • Alternative Strategy Risk Drivers

LESSON 3: Alternative Investment Structures

  • Exempt Market Alternative Funds (Hedge Funds)
  • Who can Invest in Hedge Funds?
  • Hedge Fund Features
  • Alternative Mutual Funds (Liquid Alts)
  • Funds of Hedge (or Liquid Alts) Funds
  • Closed-End Funds
  • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

LESSON 4: Comparing Alternative Mutual Funds with Conventional Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds

  • Comparing Alternative Mutual Funds with Conventional Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds

LESSSON 5: Alternative Investment Strategies

  • Alternative Investment Strategy Categories
  • Relative Value Strategies
  • Event-Driven Strategies
  • Directional Strategies
  • Multi-Strategy Funds
  • Leveraged ETF Strategy
  • Investment Strategies Most Appropriate for Alternative Mutual Funds

LESSON 6: Alternative Strategy Fund Performance Measurement

  • Risk Measures
  • Performance Benchmark

LESSON 7: Due diligence and Suitability of Alternative Strategies

  • Key Due Diligence Areas for Advisors
  • A Comprehensive Due Diligence Process
  • Suitability

APPENDIX: An Introduction to Derivatives

  • What is a Derivative
Quiz Format Online
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Quiz 50
Passing Grade 60%*
Attempts Allowed Unlimited
Enrolment Period 6 months

* IMPORTANT: There is no maximum to the number of quiz attempts permitted, but only the first passing grade (60% or over) will appear on official web transcript.

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