5008118: C20 C15 Alternative Investments

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Semester:WS 20/21
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Self-directed study time:69.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2020)


  • Overview on different Forms and Asset Classes of Alternative Investments
  • Chances and Risks of Alternative Investments
  • Alternative Investments in a Portfolio Context
  • Regulation of Alternative Investments
  • Socially Responsible Investments and Impact
  • Alternative Investments and Corporate Governance

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students

  • understand the characteristics of specific types of alternative Investments
  • know how to Interpret empirical results of specific types of alternative Investments
  • know how to evaluate specific types of alternative Investments
  • are capable to understand and evaluate the impact of alternative Investments on asset management portfolios
  • have a clear understanding of sustainable finance and their financial and non-financial Impact


Lectures Method

  • Interactive lecture with discussion.
  • Guest lectures by business leaders to show how theory is transferred into practice.
  • Case studies could be offered and discussed in class.


  • Anson, M.J.P (2006). Handbook of Alternative Assets. 2nd edition. Hoboken (NJ): Wiley.
  • Baker, H.K., & Filbeck, G. (2013). Alternative Investments: Instruments, Performance, Benchmarks and Strategies. Hoboken (NJ): Wiley.
  • Blümke, A. (2009). How to invest in Structured Products – A Guide for Investors and Asset Managers. Hoboken (NJ): Wiley.
  • Krosinsky, C., Robins, N., & Viederman, S. (2ß12). Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought Leadership. London: Wiley.
  • Vandekerckhove, W. et al (Editors) (2011). Responsible Investment in Times of Turmoil. New York: Springer.

Exam Modalities

See lectures within the module.