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Mutual funds have seen phenomenal growth over a number of decades, with no sign of it slowing down in the future. The key benefits to investors are that the funds allow for diversification, professional investment management, and asset liquidity. Equity and bond are the two most traditional types of mutual funds where active and passive investment strategies are employed. Active investment strategies require the investment managers to perform due diligence and apply financial and business acumen to increase the value of funds under management, whereas passive investment strategies focus on replicating an already established index of equities or bonds. An important aspect of mutual funds is accounting, which is centered around the accurate valuation of the fund's assets and the calculation of the Net Asset Value. The topics in this course cover equity mutual funds and the strategies used for their management such as replication, sampling, growth, and value. Bond mutual funds are introduced and corresponding strategies such as managing the duration and yield curve position are covered. Finally, the course introduces the main accounting functions of mutual funds and how the Net Asset Value is calculated.
Financial services professionals, consultants, and sales professionals interested in providing or selling products and services to fund managers, insurance companies, and banks, and everyone interested in knowing about mutual funds, their evaluation, and portfolio management