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Alternative Investments fom Harvard Business School Online

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35 Hours

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Course Mode

Self Study

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Program Overview

World-class faculty.
Edge-of-your-seat online learning.
Global peer collaboration and networking.
Real-world, case-based learning.


Our easy online application is free, and no special documentation is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the course. We confirm enrollment eligibility within one week of your application.

What you will learn?

Speak the language of alternative investments so that you can better communicate and collaborate with your colleagues and customers.
Evaluate alternative investments—including private equity, private debt, hedge funds, and real estate—and identify their defining elements, such as size, risk, and liquidity.
Develop the confidence and ability to assess potential investment opportunities and maximize the value of investment portfolios.
Gain the skills and strategies to choose the right alternatives manager or become that future manager yourself.

About this Specialization

Alternative Investments will equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities in private equity, hedge funds, and real estate, and enable you to leverage them to maximize value and diversify portfolios.
Alternative Investments will equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategies to assess potential investment opportunities in private equity, private debt, hedge funds, and real estate. You will learn how to speak the language of alternative investments, evaluate types of alternative investments and their defining qualities, and develop the confidence and ability to assess potential investment opportunities and maximize the value of your portfolio.


Module 1: Private Equity        

Case Studies

  • BC Partners Acquires Acuris


  • Learn what private equity is, sources of risk and value, and how it is funded

  • Analyze the different segments of private equity: growth equity, buyouts, and venture capital

Key Exercises

  • Calculate the value of equity

  • Identify and rank private equity segments by their attributes and skills required

Module 2: Private Debt, Distress Investing, and Secondaries 

Case Studies

  • Oaktree Capital Management Acquires Pierre Foods’s Debt

  • Blackstone’s GSO Capital Invests in Crosstex


  • Compare and contrast private equity and debt

  • Analyze investment strategies and sources of value

  • Identify skills needed for successful distress investing

Key Exercises

  • Classify attributes of investment opportunities

  • Rank deals by their characteristics

Module 3: Hedge Funds          

Case Studies

  • Activist Investing with The Children’s Investment Fund



  • Learn key elements of hedge funds, including fee structure and sources of risk and value

  • Understand types of arbitrage and strategies

  • Characterize core quantitative investing strategies

Key Exercises

  • Calculate alpha and beta

  • Arbitrage trading simulation

Module 4: Real Estate  

Case Studies

  • Real Estate Valuation with 625 Ground Lessor LLC


  • Learn how real estate differs from the rest of the alternatives space

  • Understand types of real estate investments

  • Compare and contrast secondaries and traditional private equity

Key Exercises

  • Identify phases of the real estate market

  • Prepare for a real estate negotiation

  • Conduct valuation analysis

  • Classify real estate products based on their diversification potential

Module 5: Portfolio Construction       

Case Studies

  • Challenges of Alternatives with PFA Pension Fund


  • Describe the “money journey” and the key players involved

  • Interpret metrics to analyze performance

  • Understand risk and complementarity in portfolios

  • Discuss trends in alternatives

Key Exercises

  • Test knowledge of lockup period, liquidity frequency, and notice period

  • Practice analysis of key metrics

  • Rank investment risks

Institute Information

Established in 2001 and adeptly run by the Sringeri Mutt with the benign blessings of Sri Sri Bharathitheertha Mahaswamigal, the College believes in keeping a proactive approach for the overall development of the students.

ASIET is the first self-financing technical education centre to be awarded the ISO 9001: 2008 certification. Our Alumni are prestigious and many occupy responsible positions across prestigious organizations in India and abroad. The institute is affiliated to the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, accredited by NBA and approved by AICTE.

Harvard Business School Online launched as HBX in 2014 to deepen the School’s impact and broaden its reach, all while staying true to the HBS mission: to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The nuance? Now we could reach those leaders wherever they are—in the world, in their careers, and in their lives. Since, HBS Online has educated 100,000-plus learners from more than 175 countries via our innovative online platform.

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