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Finance

Asset Management track

In the Asset Management track you investigate the challenges of managing funds and choosing the right portfolio strategy. This track is one of 7 tracks you can opt for in our Master's in Finance.

Advise on asset portfolio strategies for individials or companies

How should institutional investors invest their clients’ money? Should you hedge currency risk? What is the effect of high frequency trading on financial markets? Asset management – or investment management - studies portfolios of assets, typically including stocks, bonds and cash, for individuals or companies. 

You will learn more about:

  • the market microstructure of financial markets and how it affects prices;
  • theories underlying the pricing of securities and important investment-related questions;
  • the pricing of derivative securities. 

This is your track if you are interested in pursuing a career in the asset management industry. 

Track-specific courses

  • Advanced Investments

    In this course, you look at the investment and asset pricing problems from a more fundamental academic perspective. We will discuss the core theoretical concepts that tie together all different asset pricing models, empirical methodologies we can use to test the models with the data as well as the latest state-of-the-art academic advances, both on the theoretical as well as empirical fronts. 

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Real-life case: Algemene Pensioen Groep (APG) Asset Management

Algemene Pensioen Groep (APG) Asset Management is the largest institutional investor in the Netherlands and has around €459 billion in pension assets under management. These assets belong to 8 pension funds and are owned by 4.6 million people in the Netherlands. Is APG a giant facing diseconomies of scale or still harvesting cost-efficiencies? ABP is the largest client of APG. What if the interests of ABP differ from the interests of other clients? Who should design the strategic asset allocation of APG? Should APG manage the assets in an active or passive way?

Up-to-date issues

  • Factor investing is an increasingly popular investment strategy among institutional investors. It selects securities based on attributes that are associated with higher returns. How can you implement factor investing? What are the most robust factors? What is the impact of factor investing on active asset management?
  • Pension funds, insurance firms and sovereign wealth funds are becoming increasingly active in the provision of capital to alternative asset classes, like private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure, but what are the risk-return characteristics of these alternative assets? What are investment costs? What is the optimal allocation to alternative assets?

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's in Finance/Asset Management track have excellent job prospects for positions as portfolio manager, investment manager, risk manager, options trader and asset manager with pensions funds, hedge funds, private banking, mutual funds and regulatory institutions. They work at Dutch and international companies, such as:

  • APG
  • Optiver
  • Robeco
  • ING

Asset Management and 6 other tracks

Asset Management is one of 7 tracks you can opt for in our MSc Finance. If you are more interested in another field of Finance, read the info on one or more of the other tracks. 

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