• Dates:

    11 - 15 June 2018

  • Five day intensive executive programme
  • LSE's Central London Campus,

    New Academic Building
    WC2A 2AE

  • Professor Christopher Polk
  • Tuition Fee:


Understand the formula for successful asset management with this executive short course delivered by one of Europe’s leading finance academics.

Asset management plays an important role in the economy – facilitating effective saving for retirement, making financial markets more efficient, and allocating capital to firms and entrepreneurs with valuable ideas. Indeed, since London is now the world’s second largest asset management centre after the US, the success of this industry is crucial for the growth and prosperity of the UK. Here, at the world-renowned London School of Economics, a senior faculty member from the Department of Finance leads a cutting-edge course designed to develop a deep understanding of best practices in asset management for those entering or progressing their careers within the field.

In order for an asset management firm to be successful, three things are required. First, the company must have an effective investment strategy. Second, the investment strategy must be implemented efficiently. Third, the company must successfully handle the non-investment elements of the business, such as marketing and compliance. This course covers all of these elements, exploring the perspectives of both asset managers and those individuals and institutions that provide capital to the managers.

Programme Benefits

  • Highlight best practices in asset management
  • Identify the important objectives of effective investment policies and their efficient implementation
  • Understand, critique, and refine the advanced trading strategies used by hedge funds
  • Recognize and assess key strategies in private equity and venture capital
  • Integrate these specific asset management skills within a broader business plan
  • Interact with a leading academic in the field of asset management through carefully-selected case studies of industry-leading firms
  • Discuss and debate the future of the asset management industry, identifying likely opportunities and key risks

Course Description

This executive course is led by Professor Christopher Polk, former director of the LSE Financial Markets Group, a widely-published researcher, and a highly-rated educator. The material is split into four modules – Quantitative Investing, Liquid Alternatives, Illiquid Alternatives, and Investment Synthesis.

Professor Polk couples dynamic lectures teaching fundamental asset management concepts with case studies that build on these key ideas while also illustrating recent developments in global investing. Group work and spirited class discussion are a key component of this highly-interactive course.


The course requires a basic understanding of introductory finance.

Course Suitability

This executive course is appropriate for experienced middle or senior rank professionals in the Financial Services industry who currently work in asset management or are interested in entering the field. This audience includes, but is not limited to,

  • Asset managers looking to perfect and update their existing skills
  • Ambitious financial services executives looking to work in asset management
  • Current and future portfolio managers in the mutual fund, ETF, hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital investment spaces
  • Capital allocators such as pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, family offices, and banks

 Academic Leaders

Professor Christopher Polk

Christopher Polk is a Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and former Director of the Financial Markets Group. Prior to joining the LSE, Polk taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; he has also been a visiting Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a visiting Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Polk’s research interests are in asset pricing and include related topics in asset management, corporate finance, behavioral finance and macroeconomics. His recent research has focused on incorporating stochastic volatility into asset pricing models and measuring the extent and consequences of crowded trading in popular hedge fund strategies.

Professor Polk holds a BSc in physics and economics from Duke University and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he studied under the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Eugene Fama. Visit the faculty page for a full biography >

What’s included in the Fee?

The fee for this executive course includes: all LSE tuition, course materials, daily lunches, coffee breaks, two complimentary networking events with fellow senior participants, and full office support. You will be awarded an LSE certificate of completion at the end of the five-day course.

RegisterGrey_allb_290   CTA_ApplyRed_290


Previous LSE Executive Education Courses clients include:

  • Bank of England
  • Bayer SAS
  • Sky
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Credit Suisse
  • Ernst & Young
  • European Central Bank
  • Financial Services Authority
  • Google
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • KPMG
  • Microsoft
  • Moet Hennessey
  • PwC
  • Siemens AG
  • The World Bank
  • Transport for London
  • United Nations
  • WHO
  • WTO


Receive more information about our 2017 executive short courses.


Find out everything you need to know about application, registration and fees

How to contact us

+44 (0)207 849 4615

Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4615

Executive Summer School Office Address Details (below)

Executive Education Courses Office
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE