Alternative Investments

  • Filename: alternative-investments.
  • ISBN: 9781119016380
  • Release Date: 2016-09-27
  • Number of pages: 1104
  • Author: CAIA Association
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



In-depth Level II exam preparation direct from the CAIA Association CAIA Level II is the official study guide for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst professional examination, and an authoritative guide to working in the alternative investment sphere. Written by the makers of the exam, this book provides in-depth guidance through the entire exam agenda; the Level II strategies are the same as Level I, but this time you'll review them through the lens of risk management and portfolio optimisation. Topics include asset allocation and portfolio oversight, style analysis, risk management, alternative asset securitisation, secondary market creation, performance and style attribution and indexing and benchmarking, with clear organisation and a logical progression that allows you to customise your preparation focus. This new third edition has been updated to align with the latest exam, and to reflect the current practices in the field. The CAIA designation was developed to provide a standardized knowledge base in the midst of explosive capital inflow into alternative investments. This book provides a single-source repository of that essential information, tailored to those preparing for the Level II exam. Measure, monitor and manage funds from a risk management perspective Delve into advanced portfolio structures and optimisation strategies Master the nuances of private equity, real assets, commodities and hedge funds Gain expert insight into preparing thoroughly for the CAIA Level II exam The CAIA Charter programme is rigorous and comprehensive, and the designation is globally recognised as the highest standard in alternative investment education. Candidates seeking thorough preparation and detailed explanations of all aspects of alternative investment need look no further than CAIA Level II.

CAIA Level II

  • Filename: caia-level-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781118447284
  • Release Date: 2012-09-06
  • Number of pages: 720
  • Author: CAIA Association
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



CAIA Association has developed two examinations that are used to certify Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts. The Level I curriculum builds a foundation in both traditional and alternative investment markets--for example, the range of statistics that are used to define investment performance as well as the many types of hedge fund strategies. The readings for the Level II exam focus on the same strategies, but change the context to one of risk management and portfolio optimization. Level II CAIA exam takers have to work through the following agenda: asset allocation & portfolio oversight style analysis risk management alternative asset securitization secondary market creation performance and style attribution indexation and benchmarking

CAIA Level II

  • Filename: caia-level-ii.
  • ISBN: 9780470685112
  • Release Date: 2010-11-29
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Melissa Donohue
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



CAIA Level I

  • Filename: caia-level-i.
  • ISBN: 9781118250969
  • Release Date: 2012-04-24
  • Number of pages: 874
  • Author: Mark J. P. Anson
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



"CAIA Association has developed two examinations that are used to certify Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts. The Level I curriculum builds a foundation in both traditional and alternative investment markets--for example, the range of statistics that are used to define investment performance as well as the many types of hedge fund strategies. The readings for the Level II exam focus on the same strategies, but change the context to one of risk management and portfolio optimization. Level I CAIA exam takers have to work through an outline of terms, be able to identify and describe aspects of financial markets, develop reasoning skills, and in some cases make computations necessary to solve business problems"--

CAIA Level I

  • Filename: caia-level-i.
  • ISBN: 0470557249
  • Release Date: 2009-10-02
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: CAIA Association
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Not to be used after March, 2012 Exams – CAIA Level I, 2nd Edition should be used to prepare for September 2012 Exam. The official study text for the Level I Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) exam The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation is the financial industry's first and only globally recognized program that prepares professionals to deal with the ever-growing field of alternative investments. The CAIA Level I: An Introduction to Core Topics in Alternative Investments contains all material on alternative investments that a potential Level I candidate would need to know as they prepare for the exam. The information found here will help you build a solid foundation in both traditional and alternative investment markets-for example, the range of statistics that are used to define investment performance as well as the many types of hedge fund strategies. It will also inform CAIA candidates on how to identify and describe aspects of financial markets, develop reasoning skills, and in some cases, make computations necessary to solve business problems. Contains "need to know" material for Level I candidates and for alternative investment specialists Addresses all of the unique attributes associated with the alternative investments space Organized with a study guide outline and learning objectives with key terms, available for free at www.caia.org/program/studyguides Focuses on alternative investments and quantitative techniques used by investment professionals This book is a must-have resource for anyone contemplating taking the CAIA Level I exam.

Alternative Investments

  • Filename: alternative-investments.
  • ISBN: 9781118282588
  • Release Date: 2013-03-06
  • Number of pages: 648
  • Author: H. Kent Baker
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



A comprehensive guide to alternative investments that reveals today's latest research and strategies Historically low interest rates and bear markets in world stock markets have generated intense interest in alternative investments. With returns in traditional investment vehicles relatively low, many professional investors view alternative investments as a means of meeting their return objectives. Alternative Investments: Instruments, Performance, Benchmarks, and Strategies, can put you in a better position to achieve this difficult goal. Part of the Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, Alternative Investments provides an in-depth discussion of the historic performance, benchmarks, and strategies of every major alternative investment market. With contributions from professionals and academics around the world, it offers valuable insights on the latest trends, research, and thinking in each major area. Empirical evidence about each type of alternative investment is featured, with research presented in a straightforward manner. Examines a variety of major alternative asset classes, from real estate, private equity, and commodities to managed futures, hedge funds, and distressed securities Provides detailed insights on the latest research and strategies, and offers a thorough explanation of historical performance, benchmarks, and other critical information Blends knowledge from the conceptual world of scholars with the pragmatic view of practitioners in this field Alternative investments provide a means of diversification, risk control, and return enhancement and, as such, are attractive to many professional investors. If you're looking for an effective way to hone your skills in this dynamic area of finance, look no further than this book.

The Little Book of Alternative Investments

  • Filename: the-little-book-of-alternative-investments.
  • ISBN: 1118075269
  • Release Date: 2011-02-25
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Ben Stein
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Praise For THE LITTLE BOOK OF ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS "Ben and Phil have done it again. Another lucid, insightful book, designed to enhance your wealth! In today's stock-addled cult of equities, there is a gaping hole in most investors' portfolios...the whole panoply of alternative investments that can simultaneously help us cut our risk, better hedge our inflation risk, and boost our return. This Little Book is filled with big ideas on how to make these markets and strategies a treasured part of our investing toolkit." —Robert Arnott, Chairman, Research Affiliates "I have been reading Ben Stein for thirty-five years and Phil DeMuth since he joined up with Ben ten years ago. They do solid work, and this latest is no exception." —Jim Rogers, author of A Gift to My Children "If anyone can make hedge funds sexy, Stein and DeMuth can, and they've done it with style in this engaging, instructive, and tasteful how-to guide for investing in alternatives. But you should read this Kama Sutra of investment manuals not just for the thrills, but also to learn how to avoid the hazards of promiscuous and unprotected investing." —Andrew Lo, Professor and Director, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering

The Hedge Fund Book

  • Filename: the-hedge-fund-book.
  • ISBN: 9781118107973
  • Release Date: 2011-04-12
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Richard C. Wilson
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



An accessible guide to effectively operating in the hedge fund arena Hedge funds are now in the news more than a thousand times a day and yet it is hard to find clear, factual information about how they operate, raise capital, and invest. The Hedge Fund Book provides real-world case studies of various hedge fund managers providing a solid foundation in specialized hedge fund knowledge for both financial professionals and those aspiring to enter this field. It provides an analysis of funds within different phases of their life cycles and investment processes, and examines each cycle in ways that would be informational for marketers as well as investors, bankers, and financial professionals who would like to learn more about day-to-day hedge fund operations Addresses everything you need to know about this popular segment of the financial industry within a case study format Each chapter contains several types of investment and situational analyses, insights and best practices along with a review and "test your knowledge section" Written by a successful hedge fund consultant and head of one of the largest hedge fund networking groups in the industry with more than 30,000 members This book is required reading for participants within the hedge fund industry's leading designation program, the CHP Designation If you're looking to gain a better understanding of hedge funds, look no further than The Hedge Fund Book.

Quantitative Risk Management

  • Filename: quantitative-risk-management.
  • ISBN: 9781400866281
  • Release Date: 2015-05-26
  • Number of pages: 720
  • Author: Alexander J. McNeil
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



This book provides the most comprehensive treatment of the theoretical concepts and modelling techniques of quantitative risk management. Whether you are a financial risk analyst, actuary, regulator or student of quantitative finance, Quantitative Risk Management gives you the practical tools you need to solve real-world problems. Describing the latest advances in the field, Quantitative Risk Management covers the methods for market, credit and operational risk modelling. It places standard industry approaches on a more formal footing and explores key concepts such as loss distributions, risk measures and risk aggregation and allocation principles. The book's methodology draws on diverse quantitative disciplines, from mathematical finance and statistics to econometrics and actuarial mathematics. A primary theme throughout is the need to satisfactorily address extreme outcomes and the dependence of key risk drivers. Proven in the classroom, the book also covers advanced topics like credit derivatives. Fully revised and expanded to reflect developments in the field since the financial crisis Features shorter chapters to facilitate teaching and learning Provides enhanced coverage of Solvency II and insurance risk management and extended treatment of credit risk, including counterparty credit risk and CDO pricing Includes a new chapter on market risk and new material on risk measures and risk aggregation

CAIA Level I

  • Filename: caia-level-i.
  • ISBN: 9781118250969
  • Release Date: 2012-04-24
  • Number of pages: 874
  • Author: Mark J. P. Anson
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



"CAIA Association has developed two examinations that are used to certify Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts. The Level I curriculum builds a foundation in both traditional and alternative investment markets--for example, the range of statistics that are used to define investment performance as well as the many types of hedge fund strategies. The readings for the Level II exam focus on the same strategies, but change the context to one of risk management and portfolio optimization. Level I CAIA exam takers have to work through an outline of terms, be able to identify and describe aspects of financial markets, develop reasoning skills, and in some cases make computations necessary to solve business problems"--

Investment Banking For Dummies

  • Filename: investment-banking-for-dummies.
  • ISBN: 9781118615775
  • Release Date: 2014-02-10
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Matthew Krantz
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Learn to: Grasp and apply the fundamentals of investment banking Understand post-financial crisis changes Score higher in your investment banking course The keys you need to know about investment banking Want to expand your knowledge or learn what you need to know to ace your investment banking course? This in-depth guide takes a comprehensive approach to the topic of investment banking so you can discover everything you'll need to know to apply your knowledge in the real world. Get started with investment banking -- find out what investment bankers do and how they facilitate financing, mergers, and acquisitions Dig in -- discover the hidden truth in financial statements, where to find and read the reports you'll need, and how to perform industry analysis Take it to the next level -- dig into the details of discounted cash flow analysis, structuring a leveraged buyout, and determining return on equity Apply investment banking -- understand the past of investment banking and new regulations that define the rules of the game Fill your tool box -- discover the best online resources for investment bankers, ways to improve your analysis, and other important tools and tips Open the book and find: What investment banking is and how it works The role of investment bankers in mergers and acquisitions How to use important corporate filing documents The uses of financial statements Details on performing discounted cash flow analysis A thorough overview of fixed income How to determine a company's return on equity Case studies to help reinforce your reading

Intelligent Credit Scoring

  • Filename: intelligent-credit-scoring.
  • ISBN: 9781119279150
  • Release Date: 2017-01-10
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Naeem Siddiqi
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



A better development and implementation framework for credit risk scorecards Intelligent Credit Scoring presents a business-oriented process for the development and implementation of risk prediction scorecards. The credit scorecard is a powerful tool for measuring the risk of individual borrowers, gauging overall risk exposure and developing analytically driven, risk-adjusted strategies for existing customers. In the past 10 years, hundreds of banks worldwide have brought the process of developing credit scoring models in-house, while ‘credit scores' have become a frequent topic of conversation in many countries where bureau scores are used broadly. In the United States, the ‘FICO' and ‘Vantage' scores continue to be discussed by borrowers hoping to get a better deal from the banks. While knowledge of the statistical processes around building credit scorecards is common, the business context and intelligence that allows you to build better, more robust, and ultimately more intelligent, scorecards is not. As the follow-up to Credit Risk Scorecards, this updated second edition includes new detailed examples, new real-world stories, new diagrams, deeper discussion on topics including WOE curves, the latest trends that expand scorecard functionality and new in-depth analyses in every chapter. Expanded coverage includes new chapters on defining infrastructure for in-house credit scoring, validation, governance, and Big Data. Black box scorecard development by isolated teams has resulted in statistically valid, but operationally unacceptable models at times. This book shows you how various personas in a financial institution can work together to create more intelligent scorecards, to avoid disasters, and facilitate better decision making. Key items discussed include: Following a clear step by step framework for development, implementation, and beyond Lots of real life tips and hints on how to detect and fix data issues How to realise bigger ROI from credit scoring using internal resources Explore new trends and advances to get more out of the scorecard Credit scoring is now a very common tool used by banks, Telcos, and others around the world for loan origination, decisioning, credit limit management, collections management, cross selling, and many other decisions. Intelligent Credit Scoring helps you organise resources, streamline processes, and build more intelligent scorecards that will help achieve better results.

Top Hedge Fund Investors

  • Filename: top-hedge-fund-investors.
  • ISBN: 0470637145
  • Release Date: 2010-06-03
  • Number of pages: 222
  • Author: Cathleen M. Rittereiser
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



A professional's guide to the world of hedge fund investing Throughout the financial crisis of 2008, many hedge funds suffered massive losses and were often blamed for the extreme market upheavals. In the wake f the crisis, hedge funds remain a source of fascination for the media, legislators, and investors, mostly due to misunderstanding. Historically portrayed as risky investment funds for the very wealthy run by swashbuckling traders, the truth is hedge funds are simply an investment vehicle designed to generate superior returns and reduce an investor's overall portfolio risk. Investors have good reasons to remain fascinated with hedge funds. Although many individual funds have underperformed or collapsed, hedge funds as a whole have provided solid returns while reducing risks. Savvy institutions have invested in hedge funds for many years and have made them a large and powerful force in the markets. Investing in hedge funds requires sophisticated knowledge, understanding, skill, access, and experience. Individuals and institutions, whether they are new to hedge funds or need to improve, can find those attributes in the stories of the successful hedge fund investors profiled in Hedge Fund Investors. Hedge Fund Investors chronicles the challenges and rewards these investors face, in selecting hedge fund managers, managing risks, and constructing portfolios. In revealing conversations, leading hedge fund investors who place hundreds of billions of dollars in hedge funds, share their philosophies, strategies, and advice. Profiles a variety of different investors from the pioneers in hedge fund investing to managers for high net-worth individuals and fund of funds investors Discusses winners and losers in the recent market decline, problematic hedge fund strategies, and how these current events will change future strategies Provides lessons, insights, and advice beneficial to all hedge fund investors Engaging and informative, Hedge Fund Investors will prove valuable to anyone involved in placing money with hedge funds, as well as hedge funds who seek to better understand their clients.

Financial Risk Management For Dummies

  • Filename: financial-risk-management-for-dummies.
  • ISBN: 9781119082200
  • Release Date: 2015-11-16
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Aaron Brown
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



TOPICS COVERED: Introduction Part I: Managing Risk Chapter 1: Living with Risk Chapter 2: Understanding Risk Chapter 3: Taking Charge of Risk Chapter 4: Managing Financial Risk Chapter 5: Working as a Financial Risk Manager Part II: Measuring Financial Risk Chapter 6: Valuing Risk Chapter 7: Stressing for Success Chapter 8: Speaking Greek Chapter 9: Pushing the Boundaries Part III: Managing Financial Risk Chapter 10: Setting Limits Chapter 11: Stopping Losses Chapter 12: Controlling Drawdowns Chapter 13: Hedging Bets Part IV: Working in Financial Institutions Chapter 14: Trading Places Chapter 15: Banking on Risk Chapter 16: Managing Asset Risk Chapter 17: Insuring Risk Part V: Communicating Risk Chapter 18: Reporting Risk Chapter 19: Dealing with Regulations Part VI: The Part of Tens Chapter 20: Ten One Minute Risk Management Tips Chapter 20: Ten Dramatic On-Line Illustrations ofRisk Chapter 21: Ten Great Risk Managers in History Chapter 22: Great Risk Management Books

Global Macro

  • Filename: global-macro.
  • ISBN: 1906348901
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 302
  • Author: Andrew Rozanov
  • Publisher:



The first comprehensive handbook and authoritative guide focusing exclusively on global macro strategies, designed for use by investment professionals involved in constructing and managing institutional portfolios.

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