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Asset Management

Gain a holistic understanding of asset management

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Gain in-depth insight into the front-end business of managing financial assets. In this nine-day programme, you go beyond financial theory to develop a holistic view of how asset management works in practice. You live and learn asset management with practical insights from some of the key players in Belgium’s asset management landscape – including Vlerick faculty and experts from our partner institutions. When you complete the programme you’ll be able to leap confidently into asset management. 

Detailed programme

By the end of this programme, you’ll have excellent inside knowledge of the world of asset management. There are four core modules, each focusing on a specific aspect of asset management activity – as well as an introductory online “essentials” module to prepare you for your on-campus learning journey. 

There’s also an opportunity to participate in two optional, specialised workshops which dive into specific asset management themes. 

You’ll learn from faculty with experience in key roles in the asset management industry. They take an open, interactive approach and encourage you to challenge and ask questions. 

Online module: Essentials I 

  • Understand the essentials of: 
  • Financial theory 
  • Time value of money 
  • Discount rate 
  • Valuation 

Module 1: Essentials II and legal aspects  

  • Explore what an asset management company is and how it’s organised, including: 
  • Active and passive management 
  • Investment styles 
  • Balanced portfolio management 
  • Performance measures 
  • Compliance, standards, governance and regulation 

Module 2: Risk Management and types of investors  

  • Explore risk and the risk management framework 
  • Learn about monetising risk 
  • Discover types of investors, including: 
  • Insurance 
  • Pension funds 
  • Private banks 

Module 3: Portfolio management  

  • Dive into fundamental analysis of equity and fixed income
  • Discover equity portfolio management
  • Understand interest rate risk
  • Explore fixed income portfolio management 

Module 4: Asset allocation and alternative investments  

  • Dive into balanced portfolio and asset allocation with the Black-Litterman approach
  • Explore lifecycle investing
  • Understand factor investing and smart beta
  • Discover alternative investments, including: 
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Private debt
  • Insurance-linked securities 

We also offer two 2-day specialised workshops, one on 'Sustainable Investments' and one on 'Digitisation & Data Analytics'. More info in the brochure.

Why this programme

  • Gain deeper insight into money management, managing funds and portfolios and how asset managers organise them 
  • Measure and evaluate investment performance 
  • Strengthen your understanding of institutional investors and their needs 
  • Develop a sound understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks 
  • Understand trends in the asset management industry and learn to evaluate potential investments 

Vlerick Business School is accredited by FSMA as a provider of in-service training in banking and investment services. This means when you successfully complete this programme, you gain official education points.  

The programme is also accredited by the Institute of Actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE). Participants can receive CPD points when they complete the programme. 

Who should attend

  • Professionals working in an asset management company, including fund and portfolio managers, product managers and analysts
  • Private bankers at front office level
  • Senior executives and non-executive board members of financial institutions including asset management companies 
  • Family offices
  • Professionals including investment consultants, consulting actuaries, audit firms, institutional actors, financial journalists, law firms and regulatory professionals  

Success stories

Antoine Poley

Having just started my asset management career, this programme was ideal. It has been an intellectually enriching and stimulating experience. The programme is taught by skilled lecturers – true experts with exceptional knowledge to share. The programme is intended to be as interactive as possible.

Faculty

David Veredas

David Veredas

Professor of Financial Markets

David Veredas makes sure you understand finance and sustainability – and think critically about them.

Sophie Manigart

Sophie Manigart

Professor of Corporate Finance

Sophie Manigart is an experienced teacher, researcher and advisor in entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity.

Jan Longeval

Jan Longeval

Adjunct Professor of Finance


Frederiek Van Holle

Frederiek Van Holle

Lecturer of Finance


Jan De Bondt

Jan De Bondt

Executive in Residence