Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Portfolio Management: Risk and the Behaviour of Investors

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 970

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. The characteristics of individual investments will be studied. Also the analysis of overall portfolio risk will be a point of focus. Modern derivative securities 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, called behavioural finance, is a new and exiting approach to explain events on investment markets.

After completing the course successfully, 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 psychological factors may influence investment decisions. In this sense the course will combine the traditional elements of portfolio management with modern concepts of behavioural finance.

Course leader

Prof. dr Arie Buijs

Target group

Students in Business or students from other fields who study business as a minor.

Course aim

- Students get to know about the construction of investment portfolios
- Students will be able to quantify risks of an investment portfolio
- Students know the specific characteristics of investments in shares, bonds and derivative securities.
- Students can inderstand the role of psychological factors in inevestment decisions

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 970: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 630: Course + course materials


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

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