CAIA Level I: An Introduction to Core Topics in Alternative Investments / Edition 1

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Overview

CAIA LEVEL I

The official reading for the CAIA Level I exam

"The book is an excellent blend of theory with practical examples and case studies."—Jane Buchan, Managing Director and CEO, PAAMCO

Sponsored by the CAIA Association®, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program consists of a two-tier exam process (Level I and Level II) through which you may earn the CAIA charter. The Level I exam challenges your understanding of the alternative investment market's tools and terms, and tests your knowledge of various trading strategies and their performance characteristics.

CAIA Level I: An Introduction to Core Topics in Alternative Investments contains virtually all the material on alternative investments that potential Level I candidates would need to know as they prepare for the exam. The information found here will provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge related to alternative vehicles such as hedge funds, private equity, commodities and managed futures, and credit derivatives. With this book as your guide, you'll not only become familiar with the fundamentals of each product, but also discover their unique risk and return attributes.

Whether you're a seasoned professional looking to explore new areas within the alternative investment arena or a new industry participant seeking to establish a solid understanding of alternative investments, CAIA Level I: An Introduction to Core Topics in Alternative Investments is the best way to achieve these goals—and the smartest way to prepare for such a demanding exam.

Don't forget to pick up CAIA Level II: Advanced Core Topics in Alternative Investments to prepare for the second, and final, exam needed to achieve the CAIA charter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470447024
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series , #513
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark J.P. Anson is the President and Executive Director of Investment Services at Nuveen Investments. Previously, he was the chief executive officer of Hermes Pensions Management Ltd. Before joining Hermes, Anson was the chief investment officer of the $245 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)—the largest pension fund in the United States. Anson is the author or coauthor of four financial books, including the Handbook of Alternative Assets (Wiley). He has published over eighty research articles on topics ranging from alpha and beta separation to corporate governance.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

PART I INTRODUCTION TO ALPHA DRIVERS AND BETA DRIVERS.

1: What Is an Alternative Asset Class?

2: Why Alternative Assets are Important.

3: The Beta Continuum.

4: Alpha versus Beta.

5: The Calculus of Active Management.

PART II: REAL ESTATE.

6: Real Estate Investment Trusts.

7: Introduction to NCREIF and the NCREIF Indexes.

8: Real Estate as an Investment.

9: Core, Value Added and Opportunistic Real Estate.

PART III: HEDGE FUNDS.

10: Introduction to Hedge Funds.

11: Establishing a Hedge Fund Investment Program.

12: Due Diligence for Hedge Fund Managers.

13: Risk Management Part 1: Hedge Fund Return Distributions.

14: Risk Management Part II: More Hedge Fund Risks.

15: Hedge Fund Benchmarks and Asset Allocation.

16: Hedge Fund Incentive Fees and the Free Option.

17: Hedge Fund Collapses.

18: Top Ten Hedge Fund Quotes.

PART IV: COMMODITIES AND MANAGED FUTURES.

19: Introduction to Commodities.

20: Investing in Commodity Futures.

21: Commodity Futures in a Portfolio Context.

22: Managed Futures.

PART V: PRIVATE EQUITY.

23: Introduction to Venture Capital.

24: Introduction to Leveraged Buyouts.

25: Debt as Private Equity Part I: Mezzanine Debt.

26: Debt as Private Equity Part II: Distressed Debt.

27: Trends in Private Equity.

28: The Economics of Private Equity.

PART VI: CREDIT DERIVATIVES.

29: Introduction to Credit Derivatives.

30: Collateralized Debt Obligations.

31: Risks and New Developments in CDOs.

Appendix A: Basic Principles of Return and Present Value.

Appendix B: Measures of Risk and Risk Management.

Appendix C: Correlation and Regression Analysis.

Appendix D: The Quantitative Analysis of 130/30 Products.

Index.

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