Investment Management

By Prof. Abhijeet Chandra   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 460
Investment management is one of the main finance functions for both corporations and individuals. Investor managers face situations that require understanding of quantitative tools and qualitative assessment before a decision is arrived at. This course provides a broad overview of investment management, focusing on the application of finance theory to the issues faced by portfolio managers and investors in general. Course participants shall learn about various assets that can be considered to form an investment portfolio, their valuation, and measurement of performance. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to (a) analyze the intrinsic value of traded assets using fundamental valuation theories as well as technical analysis (b) set investment goals and accordingly construct efficient portfolios, and (c) evaluate performance of the portfolio.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Senior Undergraduate and Postgraduate students: Management, Economics, Finance, Commerce, Business Administration

PREREQUISITES: Understanding of basic statistics, economics, and financial markets (Ouantitative Investment Management, Financial Institutions 8 Markets)

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Investment advisory and research firms
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to financial markets, institutions, and assets;Investment as a process; and Investment philosophies
Week 2: Fixed income securities: Term structure of interest rates; Bonds, their valuation, pricing, yield and duration, convexity, and their inter-relationships
Week 3: Equity as an asset class: risk-return tradeoff; Valuation approaches, DCF versus multipliers; Equity investment strategies
Week 4: Pricing of equity assets: Index models; Capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and arbitrage pricing theory (APT)
Week 5: Mutual funds as investment; Advantages and disadvantages of investing in mutual funds; Hedge funds, index funds, ETFs, and other categories
Week 6: Security Analysis and portfolio management; Fundamental and technical analyses; Portfolio theory and asset allocation; Investment strategies
Week 7: New asset classes and alternative investments; Introducing new-age assets in a portfolio; Cryptocurrencies as an asset class
Week 8: Portfolio performance evaluation; Factors driving portfolio performance; Investment strategies and market timing

Books and references

1. Luenberger, D. G. (2017), Investment Science,Oxford University Press.
2. Bodie, Kane, and Marcus (2019), Investments,McGraw Hill.
3. Damodaran, A.(2014), Applied Corporate Finance, Wiley India

Instructor bio

Prof. Abhijeet Chandra

IIT Kharagpur
As assistant professor at VGSoM, IIT KGP., I offer courses in Corporate Finance, Investment Management, and Management Accounting to UG, PG, and Doctoral level student. I have done BCom. (H), MCom, and PhD in Accounting and Finance area. I also have completed post-doctoral research in behavioral finance and asset pricing. My major research interests are in financial economics (behavioral finance, asset pricing, and economics of derivatives) and individual decision making under risk and uncertainty (prospect theory, risk preferences, irrationality). I do both theoretical and empirical work and am currently also involved in experimental work. The core issues that I have been working on are the study of behavioral dimension of investment decision-making, from both individual and institutional perspectives, and how it affects the asset prices and market mechanism. My research interests are based on the behaviouralized inquiries related to the emerging research area of behavioral finance which draws its ideas from various disciplines including economics, finance, psychology, sociology and so on.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 April 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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