15.490 Practice of Finance: Private Equity and Hedge Funds


Class Info

Introduction to the field of alternative investments - principally private equity and hedge funds - within the context of the larger investment domain. Covers the structure and operation of alternative funds, valuation, and topics such as deal sourcing, exits, value added, and alpha strategies. Discusses the evolution of the field as well as what the future may bring. Summarizes subfields such as venture capital, leveraged buyouts, distressed investing, and the spectrum of hedge funds. Addresses investor perspectives, portfolio construction and risk management with alternatives. Encourages active student participation, and includes a project and reading list.

This class has 15.402, 15.414, and 15.415 as prerequisites.

15.490 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by P. Cooper.

This class counts for a total of 3 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

You can find more information at the Finance Program Courses site or on the 15.490 Stellar site.

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