Effective Asset Management

  • Executive
  • Department of Finance
  • Application code EE953
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Accelerate your career in the investment management industry with this highly interactive course. 

5 day intensive programme (dates TBC)

Investment management plays an important role in the economy – facilitating effective saving for individuals and institutions, making financial markets more efficient, and allocating capital to firms and entrepreneurs. London is now the world’s second largest asset management centre after the US, and the success of this industry is crucial for the growth and prosperity of the UK.

Here, at the world-renowned London School of Economics, the head of the Department of Finance leads a cutting-edge course designed to develop a deep understanding of best practices in investment management for those entering or progressing their careers within the field.

This executive course is designed for rising and senior professionals in the Financial Services industry who currently work in asset management or are interested in entering the field. This audience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Portfolio managers looking to perfect and update their existing skills
  • Investment strategists, market strategists, and financial advisors
  • Current and future executives in the hedge fund, mutual fund, ETF, private equity, and venture capital investment spaces
  • Ambitious executives looking to move into investment management
  • Executives at capital allocators such as pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, insurance companies and banks
  • Regulators, lawyers, and journalists who want to enhance their understanding of the investment management industry. 

Tuition Fee: £7,295

Includes all LSE tuition, course materials, daily lunches, and networking events. You will also be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the five days.

Part of LSE Executive Education Courses

Programme details

Entry requirements

All LSE executive education participants are required to have:

  • Fluency in English.
  • A good undergraduate degree or significant work experience in a relevant role(s).
  • Minimum two years’ professional experience. Typically our participants have more than ten years’ work experience.


The course requires a basic understanding of introductory finance.



Programme structure

In order for an asset management firm to be successful, three things are required. First, the company must have an effective investment strategy. Second, the investment strategy must be implemented efficiently. Third, the company must successfully handle the non-investment elements of the business, such as marketing and compliance. This course covers all of these elements, exploring the perspectives of both investment managers and those individuals and institutions that provide capital to them.

This executive course is led by Professor Christopher Polk, head of LSE's finance department and former director of the LSE Financial Markets Group, a widely-published researcher, and a highly-rated educator. The course covers, among other topics, Modern Portfolio Theory, Behavioural Finance, Quantitative Investing, Liquid Investment Alternatives, Illiquid Investment Alternatives, Performance Measurement, and Investment Synthesis.

Professor Polk couples dynamic lectures teaching fundamental asset management concepts with case studies that build on these key ideas while also illustrating recent developments in global investing. Group work and spirited class discussion are a key component of this highly-interactive course.

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Course outcomes

  • Highlight best practices in investment management
  • Identify the important objectives of effective investment policies and their efficient implementation
  • Understand, critique, and refine the advanced trading strategies used by hedge funds
  • Recognize and assess key strategies in private equity and venture capital
  • Integrate these specific asset management skills within a broader business plan
  • Interact with a leading academics and other practitioners in the field of investment management through carefully-selected case studies of industry-leading firms
  • Discuss and debate the future of the asset management industry, identifying likely opportunities and key risks.

Faculty and guest speakers

The course will be taught by:

Professor Christopher Polk is Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at LSE. He is a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Associate Editor for the Journal of Finance. Read more here


Find out what it's like to study on the course by hearing from past participants:

Henning Prigge 200

Henning Prigge, Head of Acquisition & Asset Management at InvestInvent AG

"I looked to executive study to broaden my professional horizons. I wanted to step away from my daily business, see which strategies other companies were working on and explore new business cases."

Read Henning's full profile here.



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