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Issues in investment management


Issues in investment management provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to establish a deep understanding of the arena of investment management.

The arena in which investment decisions are made is mature. In principle, such maturity might well be expected to be accompanied by a degree of certainty. However, investment markets are volatile given the ebbs and flows of opportunities and types of investment opportunities.

This module seeks to provide an understanding of the nature and purposes of, and issues within investment decisions in a range of investment opportunities. It articulates and illustrates applied principles of investments in stocks/shares, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities. It also provides a practical familiarity with issues in investment in derivatives, and in real estate.

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include:

  • The investment arena
  • Portfolio theory and market efficiency
  • Behavioural insights and associated issues
  • Investing in and managing fixed income securities
  • Investing in and managing ordinary (common) equities
  • Practical issues in portfolio development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand the structure and logistics of securities markets and associated issues.
  • Understand, analyse and manage the risk/return trade-off within investment management.
  • Understand, analyse and manage issues in stocks/shares and fixed-income securities.
  • Understand, analyse and manage issues in portfolio management, asset allocation, and portfolio returns.
  • Understand, analyse and manage issues in investment in derivatives, mutual funds and real estate.


  • Coursework: up to 3,000 words; weighted at 100%