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Active Portfolio Management & Asset Allocation

Learn best practices on asset allocation, portfolio construction & style management strategies
  • The Active Portfolio Management & Asset Allocation course reviews in detail the latest developments and best practices within the banking and finance industry, with a key focus on asset allocation, portfolio construction, style management strategies, performance measurement and popular thematic trends. 

    After attending this course you will know how to: 

    - Design robust asset allocation models for all market conditions
    - Build and maintain optimal portfolios based on investor needs
    - Analyse the key features, advantages and risks of a broad range of asset classes and their performance in different market conditions
    - Recognise different approaches to identifying and capturing alpha
    - Gain competitive advantage from understanding behavioural biases and how to manage them
    - Address the theoretical and practical issues in connection with multi asset class investing 

    Who should attend

    This programme is designed for delegates with a knowledge of the fundamentals of modern portfolio theory, asset allocation theory, equity analysis and portfolio construction techniques.


    The workshop is designed to be interactive drawing on the knowledge and experiences of the trainer and participants. The trainer will explore best practices across the industry using current industry research, reports, analysis and case studies. Participants will be encouraged to apply the best practices to their own markets and businesses.



    Note - A good level of spoken and written English is required to attend this course. Delegates should be of an intermediate standard in English at a minimum. Please refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - as a guide the level required is B2. 

  • Day 1

    Introductions and welcome

    An overview of trends within the industry

    • Global trends in the asset management industry
    • Profit dynamics
    • Developments in product design and development (ETF’s, Smart Beta & outcome orientated funds)
    • The passive vs. active debate – 'redefining active management'
    • Separation of alpha and beta
    • The benefits of a structured wealth management approach
    • Open architecture and multi manager approaches
    • Changes in investor behaviour & preferences
    • A review of current “thematic” approaches

    The 'theoretical' backdrop – tools and concepts

    • Modern portfolio theory and the efficient market hypothesis revisited
    • Portfolio diversification and performance
    • Flaws in the 'efficient frontier' framework
    • Asset and portfolio risk and returns
    • Exploring risk – the investment professionals perspective
    • Exploring risk – the investors perspective(s)
    • Utility and the minimum acceptable return (MAR)
    • The impact of economic cycles

    Case study: The case for dynamic asset allocation

    Understanding asset allocation

    • Overview of the process
    • Different approaches to asset allocation
    • The risks and rewards of asset allocation in different market cycles
    • Principal protection and principal growth assets
    • The effects of inflation on purchasing power
    • The Investment policy statement
    • Constructing an Analytical Framework

                        - Market cycle – defining the capital market opportunity
                        - Investor satisfaction
                        - Phases and cycles
                        - Strategy implementation

    •  Estimating expected returns
    • Matching asset classes with wealth levels and income needs
    • Asset and portfolio risk
    • Understanding and explaining risk adjusted returns
    • A comparison of the different approaches to asset allocation

                        - Strategic
                        - Tactical
                        - Dynamic
                        - Integrated

    • Core / Satellite approaches
    • Tactical asset allocation using derivatives

    Case study: the ‘road to optimality’ and the cost of getting there. Building and maintaining portfolio solutions for clients.

    Rebalancing and reallocation

    • Principles and Scope
    • Approaches to rebalancing
    • Advantages and disadvantages
    • Managing ‘drift’ in the portfolio and ‘maverick’ risk
    • Relative performance
    • Critical success factors
    • Special considerations when dealing with concentrated positions

    Day 2

    Building the equity allocation

    • Characteristics of a successful investment process
    • Equity analysis
    • Valuation approaches
    • Market segmentation and weighting decisions
    • Manager and style selection
    • Style diversification - an impossible challenge?
    • Selecting the benchmark
    • Sources of alpha in equity portfolios
    • Technical analysis - tools and techniques

    Asset allocation and other portfolio construction disciplines

    • Strategic principles
    • Style and sector selection
    • Region and country selection
    • Industry and Security selection
    • Manager selection
    • Information ratios for different investment styles
    • Currency selection and currency overlay
    • Market timing
    • Decision points in implementation strategy

    Case study: Large Cap Growth Alpha thesis


    The search for 'alpha' and the importance of information ratios

    • Defining alpha
    • Sources of alpha
    • Portable alpha
    • Alpha generation and manager skill
    • The information ratio and coefficient
    • The fundamental law of active management

    The emergence of SMART Beta

    Performance Measurement and Attribution

    Individual investor behaviour

    • Introduction - What is behavioural finance?
    • Decision theory
    • Factors impacting individual asset allocation decisions
    • The significance of 'asset locations'
    • Goal based asset allocation
    • Comparison of expected utility, prospect theory and mean variance analysis
    • Individual investor behaviour characteristics
    • What can we learn from 'market history'?
    • The cycle of 'emotion'
    • Identifying patterns of irrationality
    • Risk profiling – dealing with behavioural bias
    • Reacting to client irrationality
    • Moderate or adapt the asset allocation?
    • Summary of implications for portfolio design

    Case study: examining patterns of irrationality and the impact on portfolio construction


    Asset class characteristics

    • Asset class descriptions and distinguishing qualities
    • Evaluating Asset Classes
    • Rates of return
    • Forecasting expected returns

    Integrating alternative assets with 'traditional' asset classes

    • Overview of skill-based investing
    • The growth in alternative strategies
    • Creating a need for alternative investments among traditional investors
    • Performance characteristics of alternative investments
    • Performance benchmarks for alternative investments
    • Potential problems in moving to a multi asset class approach

    Case study: The Yale model.


    Day 3

    Building the Fixed Income Allocation

    • Overview
    • Type of bond
    • Type of issuer
    • Risks associated with fixed income
    • Emerging Market Fixed income
    • Hedge ratio
    • Asset SWAP’s
    • Yield components
    • Duration hedging
    • Convexity
    • Fixed income attribution

    Case Study: Protecting investors in a rising rate environment. The end of a 30 year “bull” run?

    Hedge funds

    • The key attributes of hedge funds
    • The case for investing in hedge funds
    • An overview of the trading techniques and tactics - understanding short selling, leverage and derivatives
    • Hedge fund styles and strategies

                     - Event driven – opportunistic situations
                     - Relative value / arbitrage – exploit small pricing anomalies and market inefficiencies
                     - Directional / trading / global macro – trends and directional bets
                     - Long / short strategies
                     - Hybrid funds – a blend of strategies, styles and technique

    • Evaluating Hedge Funds – risk and performance
    • The future of Hedge Funds

    Case study: long / short and market neutral strategies.


    Day 4

    Risk management

    • Measuring risk
    • Types of risk
    • The key ratios and measures
    • Skewness and Kurtosis


    Case Study: The role of ETF’s in Portfolio Construction and Asset Allocation

    Private equity

    • Definition of Private Equity
    • The main sources of Private Equity
    • The case for Private Equity
    • Constructing the Private Equity portfolio
    • Monitoring the portfolio and measuring performance
    • Measuring correlation with public markets
    • Current trends in the market place

    Case study: the practical difficulties in building a private equity allocation.


    • Gaining exposure to the asset class
    • Performance measurement and benchmarks
    • Correlation


    • Including commodities in the portfolio

    Structured products

    • What are structured products?
    • Foreign exchange products
    • Certificates

                        - Index
                        - Basket
                        - Comparison with mutual funds
                        - Covered warrants

    • Capital guarantee and protection products

                       - Vanilla products
                       - Portfolio insurance

    • Maximum return products

                       - Discount certificates
                       - Reverse convertibles

    • Derivatives
    • Exchange Traded Funds – tools for tactical asset allocation
    • Ad hoc solutions or part of portfolio construction?

    Case study: designing specific 'structured' solutions for clients.


    Course summary and close

  • Our Tailored Learning Offering

    Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company’s exact requirements? If you’d like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company’s office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course and dramatically increase your ROI.

    If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

    We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

  • We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

    We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

    • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
    • Track record – 10/10 of the world’s largest banks have chosen us as there training provider and we have delivered training across the largest banks and have trained over 25,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 100+ strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
    • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 25,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 99 countries.
    • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 4.2/5 on service and 4.7/5 on Coursecheck
This course can be run as an In-house or Tailored Learning programme


  • Bernard Duffy


    Bernard Duffy began his investment management career with Abbey Life in Dublin before moving to London in 1985 to work for Irish Life Assurance Plc. At Irish Life, he was responsible for investment product marketing and new fund launches and was responsible for the company’s successful entry into the single premium bond market. He joined County Bank at the end of 1986 as Research and Development executive in the unit trust division. In 1987 he transferred to the pension fund department, assuming responsibility for the management and performance of Canadian equity investments. In 1991, he was seconded to the European equity desk to manage a research project on European smaller companies. At the end of 1992, he was appointed head of the North American equity desk. He has a B.A.(Hons) in Economics and Politics, an M.A. in Development Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the City university Business School in London. He is the course director and lead trainer on a number of Euromoney training programmes including the Investment Management School, Private Wealth Management, Hedge Funds and Investing in Art.