FIN206 Investment Management

This subject focuses on the investment management process, including portfolio construction and performance management. It examines asset allocation approaches and the process of managing equity, fixed interest, property,  and alternative asset portfolios. It also discusses the impact of taxation on portfolio management, and strategies to maximise the tax effectiveness of a portfolio. Students undertake practical analysis and provide investment management recommendations in a simulated scenario to apply their learning.

For more information, please refer to the subject outline.

  • Learning outcomes
    • On successful completion of this subject, individuals should be able to:

      1. Analyse the processes involved in managing an investment portfolio
      2. Examine portfolio management theories and their application
      3. Analyse the process of asset allocation and portfolio construction
      4. Assess manager selection and portfolio management styles
      5. Analyse the characteristics and relative benefits of various asset classes, and their impact on portfolio management
      6. Analyse absolute and relative performance metrics
      7. Examine the impact of taxes and transaction costs on portfolio returns, trading and rebalancing decisions, and portfolio performance
  • Subject content
    • Topic Title
      Topic 1 The investment management process
      Topic 2 Portfolio management theory revisited
      Topic 3 Asset allocation
      Topic 4 Managing an equity portfolio
      Topic 5 Managing a fixed interest portfolio
      Topic 6 Managing a property portfolio
      Topic 7 Managing an international asset portfolio
      Topic 8 Managing an alternative asset portfolio
      Topic 9 Performance measurement
      Topic 10 Tax and portfolio management

  • Duration
    • The duration of this subject is one study period (12 weeks).

  • Assessment
  • Prerequisites
    • There are no prerequisites for this subject. However please review the Assumed Knowledge tab to understand the prior knowledge Kaplan advises you should hold before enrolling in this subject.

  • Assumed knowledge
    • Whilst there are no prerequisites for this subject, Kaplan assumes that individuals have completed FIN202 Fundamentals of Asset Valuation and FIN203 Fundamentals of Equity Markets, or understand the content covered in those subjects, prior to undertaking FIN206 Investment Management.

  • Course transition subject equivalence
    • Individuals may not be required to complete this subject if they have transitioned from a SIA/Finsia/Kaplan Professional course and have completed the following subjects:

      • E121 Fundamentals of Portfolio Management
      • E122 Applied Portfolio Management
      • FIN226 Investment Management
  • Reading list
    • There’s no prescribed text for this subject.

      Individuals are provided with key readings and access to Kaplan Professional’s online databases. Individuals are encouraged to research and read widely on the topic.