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OEBU 2135A - Asset Management in Europe

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course Asset Management in Europe aims at providing knowledge on how investment and portolio construction take effectively place for a portfolio manager today. After reviewing key assets management trends such as general market development and their players, passive (ETF, low costs) vs active or responsible investment (ESG) providing the necessary foundation for the understanding of the business/industry, the course will focus very concretely on different assets classes (equity, fixed income, alternatives) and investment style (growth, value, small cap) and how chief investment officer combines them to build an efficient portfolio to deliver an expected outcome to the clients.


GIRONDEL, Christophe G. (Nordea, Banking/Asset Management)

Pedagogical format

The course aims at preparing students for professional life, so it will be very concrete combining presentation on specific topics, concrete case studies and real life examples. It will include debates and discussions. Preparation material is available on the Internet through the website of selected products and asset managers.

Course validation

The group presentation will represent 30% of the grade, the case study 30%, the short test at the last meeting 20%, the class participation/news case 20%.


6 seminars of two hours each (12 hours). Credits: 2.

Required reading

  • Mutual Fund Industry Handbook (Lee Gremillon)
  • The Theory and Practice of Investment Management (F. J. Fabozzi & H.M. Markowitz)
  • EFAMA Fact Book 2015
  • European SRI Study 2014 (Eurosif)
  • Asset Management in Europe, Facts and Figures (EFAMA) – 2015

Additional required reading

  • Asset Management in Theory and Practice (Duncan Hughes)
  • Global Asset Management : Strategies, Risks, Processes and Technologies (Michel Pinedo and Ingo Walter)
  • CFA Institute Industry Guides: The Asset Management Industry
  • Investment Company (ICI) Fact Book (2016)