Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Fixed Income and Credit Market Investing you will:

  • Understand and gain confidence working with fixed-income instruments including bonds, loans, and structured products
  • Learn how to identify and quantify the different risks associated with investing in fixed-income instruments
  • Execute and analyze liability-driven management strategies in several different contexts
  • Construct hedging strategies for different risks including portfolio rebalancing and derivatives usage
  • Learn about different fixed-income markets, how capital is raised in each, how they are related, and how they fit into the broader economy
  • Put yourself in the role of a fixed-income portfolio manager responding to varying macroeconomic conditions
  • Assign credit ratings to companies based on your own credit analysis
  • Understand bond indices and the implications of migration in and out of the index for investors
  • Explore the growing private credit space and its attendant risks
  • Learn about structured products such as collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and credit default swaps (CDS)

Experience & Impact

Fixed Income and Credit Market Investing will feature a mix of classroom discussion, small-group breakout sessions, individual exercises, and external activities aimed at optimizing the learning experience. Participants will actively engage in a variety of decision-making scenarios including:

  • Bond portfolio construction and management at a hedge fund
  • Liability-driven management at an insurance company and a pension fund
  • Capital-structure planning at a manufacturing firm
  • Liquidity management at a tech company
  • Private credit investing by an institutional investor
  • Managing interest-rate risk at a commercial bank

The emphasis throughout the week is on active learning in which program participants are always engaging with the material, the teaching staff, and one another. Additionally, sessions and candid interactions with industry speakers will bring an insider’s perspective on how the underlying concepts play out in the debt markets.

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Who Should Attend

This program is specifically designed for current, aspiring, and emerging leaders throughout the capital-markets ecosystem, including:

  • Executives from commercial banks, pensions, hedge funds, insurance companies, family offices, asset managers, or endowments
  • CFOs and CIOs of companies as well as other C-level executives in the vicinity of asset management
  • CFOs, treasurers, and other executives engaging with debt capital markets or with funding responsibilities
  • Entrepreneurs whose firms may be beyond the growth stage and now want to tap venture debt or secure a bank loan
  • Portfolio managers at pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors — capital allocators, broadly speaking
  • Private wealth advisors for high-net-worth individuals and families as well as high-net-worth individuals who manage their own money
  • CPAs, attorneys, and others involved in institutional advisory services

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs.

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Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Meals and accommodations are included in the program fees. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group-enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Applied econometrics, corporate investment, capital structure

Date, Location, & Fees

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April 7 – 11, 2025Philadelphia, PA$12,750

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