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Financial Funds

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Financial funds are a very important topic to understand in the area of financial economics. The terms hedge funds, open ended funds and mutual funds are often mentioned in the business and financial media and during interviews with traders, investors and fund managers. But what are hedge funds, open ended funds and mutual funds all about?

    This free online financial funds course will explain in clear and precise terms what is involved in the main financial funds. You will learn that hedge funds are typically open ended funds invested in a diverse range of assets. Open and close ended funds are straight forward in that one is open to shareholders buying and selling their shares whereas the other is closed and once you buy in you cannot leave unless you personally trade your share. Hedge funds are more dynamic in nature, but are not sold to the public. Since the introduction of new legislation in the US in 2008 due to the credit crisis you will learn why the US government will now play a more active role in how hedge funds are managed and regulated.

    This free online financial funds course will be of interest to professionals in business and finance, and to financial, business and economic students who want a clearer understanding of the role of funds in financial economics.

  • Learning outcomes:
    - Understanding what the various funds mean and their differences;
    - Examine how fund managers make money on performance and commission;
    - Learn how Funds are structured;

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

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    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Financial Funds
  • Free

  • 1-2 Hours

  • Khan Academy

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 3 )
  • UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL FUNDS
  • Module
    1
    Understanding Financial Funds
    • In this module learn more about mutual, open, closed and hedge funds.
    • Open-Ended Mutual Fund (Part 1)
    • Open-End Mutual Fund Redemptions
    • Closed-End Mutual Funds
    • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
    • Hedge Funds Introduction
    • Hedge Fund Structure and Fees
    • Are Hedge Funds Bad?
    • Hedge Funds, Venture Capital, and Private Equity
  • Module
    2
    Explanation of Hedge Fund Strategies
    • In this module learn more about hedge fund strategies.
    • Hedge Fund Strategies - Long Short 1
    • Hedge Fund Strategies - Long Short 2 Seeing how the long-short portfolio might do in different market conditions
    • Hedge Fund Strategies - 3 - Merger Arbitrage 1 Simple case of merger arbitrage when there is an all cash acquisition
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module
    3
    Understanding Financial Funds
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Understanding Mutual, open, closed ended and Hedge funds Assessment
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