Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management, you will:

  • Increase your understanding of modern portfolio theory and behavioral finance
  • Improve your ability to measure investment performance
  • Learn new asset allocation tools
  • Recognize when to choose active managers versus passive investments
  • Understand the opportunities and risks of bonds, hedge funds, private equity, real estate, international markets, and derivatives
  • Better navigate and manage risk
  • Gain insights into the global economy and potential future market disruptions

Academic Director Jeffrey F. Jaffe on Modern Portfolio Theory

Experience & Impact

Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management offers a comprehensive learning experience, bringing participants up to date on investment big picture concerns and on specific asset classes.

Wharton’s Finance faculty provide actionable theories and practical tools for addressing asset allocation, risk management, performance measurement, and investment policies, as well as for dealing effectively with today's more knowledgeable and active investors.

Then the program explores individual asset classes. Wharton’s finance experts share their knowledge of bonds, hedge funds, private equity, derivatives, real estate, and international markets in sessions designed to help participants better understand when to include these investments in their portfolios.

Industry experts offer real-world experience and expertise, helping participants understand how theories and frameworks can be put into practice. They also explore the impacts of emerging technology on the industry, including algorithmic and high-frequency trading. In addition, each session captures the experience and insights of the internationally diverse group of participants who represent a wide range of investment backgrounds and philosophies.

Session topics include:

  • Modern Portfolio Theory
  • Performance Measurement
  • Evaluating Managers and Strategies
  • Advanced Asset Allocation
  • Investment Policy
  • Outlook for the Economy and Navigating Its Risk

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Who Should Attend

Associate Professor Jeffrey F. Jaffe on who should attend this program

This program is designed for investment professionals and investment services providers, including:

  • Portfolio managers and analysts at mutual funds, pension funds, corporations, and institutions sponsoring and providing investment vehicles for their employees and beneficiaries
  • Corporate and individual retirement planners
  • Employees of insurance companies
  • Commercial bank employees with portfolio management responsibilities

The program also provides valuable insights to general managers, senior functional managers, and high-net-worth individual investors who want to manage their own investments or work more knowledgeably with professional managers. Cross-functional teams can also benefit from leveraging collective knowledge across a larger organizational footprint.

The faculty has expressly designed the program content to focus on the use of investment information, not its preparation, so even those with little or no experience in investment management will find the course content and its presentation comprehensible and practical.

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

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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.


Jeff Jaffe

Jeffrey Jaffe, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, investments, money management, the effects of information on the behavior of security prices

Christopher Geczy

Christopher Geczy, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Wharton Wealth Management Initiative; Academic Director, Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research, The Wharton School

Joao Gomes

Joao Gomes, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics; Chairperson, Finance Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Macroeconomics and financial markets, quantitative corporate finance, corporate investment and financing

Craig Mackinlay

A. Craig MacKinlay, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph P. Wargrove Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Asset pricing models, behavior of futures prices, econometric modeling, stock market behavior

Krishna Ramaswamy

Krishna Ramaswamy, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Edward Hopkinson, Jr. Professor of Investment Banking; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Investment management in equity and bond markets, options and futures

Gordon Bodnar

Gordon Bodnar, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Director, International Economics Program, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests: International finance, corporate finance


Christopher QuinleyLiang & Quinley Wealth Management

“I recently was named responsible for the asset management area for my bank. I came to Wharton to gain more understanding about asset management and investment strategy. The asset management market in Brazil is huge (more than $1.5 trillion USD) and very sophisticated, but most of the assets are Brazilian-based. However, the demand for international assets has been growing a lot and we need to be able to manage those types of assets. In addition, more global competition is coming to Brazil and we need to differentiate ourselves and understand all kinds of investment strategy that make more sense to our clients.

Wharton’s program has given me a much better understanding of the global market for asset management, even more in this volatile environment. The hedge fund session with Professor Chris Geczy was a major highlight. The tools he gave me for analyzing a hedge fund were very useful. Most of our funds are fixed income and equity. But the markets will change for more complex funds.

Itau Asset Management is one of the biggest asset managers in Brazil (16.5 percent of market share). Today, 90 percent of our portfolio is Brazilian-focused. We are expanding our presence in New York and are preparing to have more international assets in our funds. Wharton gave some great examples on how we can diversify our portfolio to expand our capacity beyond Brazilian assets.”

Fernando BeyrutiManaging Director & Co-Head, Itau Asset Management, Brazil

“For me, as a professional asset manager, Wharton’s Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management is definitely a much-needed refresh with a balanced risk and return perspective. The professors share high-level insights, and also engage us with interactive discussions and practical illustration. This helped to elevate my understanding of the new paradigm and gave me focused, time-tested techniques in investment strategies and portfolio management.

After the program, all participants obtained not only the fundamental rationale behind sound asset allocation decisions, but also the advanced technique to manage and evaluate attributed performance on each unique asset class. Now, I am exposed to new ideas that I can apply to foster fund-strategy innovation and improve my fund’s investment performance going forward.”

Johan SidikChief Investment Officer, Generali Life Insurance Indonesia

Date, Location, & Fees

November 16 – 20, 2020Philadelphia, PA$11,280

June 14 – 18, 2021Philadelphia, PA$11,280

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