Alternative Investments: CAIA Level I (Wiley Finance)

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9781119003366: Alternative Investments: CAIA Level I (Wiley Finance)

The official CAIA Level 1 curriculum book

Alternative Investments: CAIA Level I, 3rd Edition is the curriculum book for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Level I professional examination. Covering the fundamentals of the alternative investment space, this book helps you build a foundation in  alternative investment markets. You'll look closely at the different types of hedge fund strategies and the range of statistics used to define investment performance as you gain a deep familiarity with alternative investment terms and develop the computational ability to solve investment problems. From strategy characteristics to portfolio management strategies, this book contains the core material you will need to succeed on the CAIA Level I exam. This updated third edition tracks to the latest version of the exam, and is accompanied by the following ancillaries: a workbook, study guide, learning objectives, and an ethics handbook.

Most investment analyst education programs focus primarily on the traditional asset classes, pushing alternative investments to the sidelines. The CAIA designation was developed in response to the tremendous growth of alternative investing, and is the industry's premier educational standard. This book is your official study companion, bringing you fully up to speed on everything you need to know (with the exception of the ethics material covered in a separate handbook).

  • Understand the complexities of each alternative asset class
  • Learn the quantitative techniques professionals use every day
  • Dig into the unique aspects of alternative investments
  • Master the core material covered by the CAIA Level I exam

More than 300 financial institutions and hedge funds have committed key executives to the CAIA exam, and this rapidly growing trend speaks to the designation's rising status as a must-have credential for anyone in the alternative investment sphere. Increase your chances of success by getting your information straight from the source in CAIA Level I.

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From the Inside Flap:

Success in the rapidly evolving area of alternative investments (AI) depends on a firm understanding of the concepts, tools, and practices associated with it, as well as an unwavering dedication to professionalism. Alternative Investments: CAIA Level 1, Third Edition provides a comprehensive introduction to institutional-quality alternative investments and has been designed to serve as a resource for professionals, a textbook for university courses, and the primary readings for Level 1 of the Charter program of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association.

The Charter program of the CAIA Association addresses the essential needs for professionals entering or advancing in the field of alternative investments. The CAIA Charter is the premier educational designation uniquely tailored to individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments. Covering hedge funds, real assets, private equity, structured products, risk management and portfolio management, and professional standards and ethics, the CAIA Charter demonstrates one's commitment to professionalism and command of AI's unique elements.

The CAIA Charter program is comprised of a two-tier exam process (Level I and Level II) through which candidates may earn the CAIA Charter. The Level I exam assesses understanding of various alternative classes and knowledge of the tools and techniques used to evaluate the risk-return attributes of each one.

Written under the direction of the CAIA Association, with insights from many practicing and eminent professionals in this field, Alternative Investments: CAIA Level 1 best reflects the most current practices in the AI arena. It contains material on alternative investments that Level I candidates need to know as they prepare for the exam. With coverage of everything from the characteristics of various strategies within each alternative asset class to portfolio management concepts central to alternative investments, the information found here will help you build a solid foundation of knowledge about AI markets.

This comprehensive resource:

  • Uses investment analytics to examine each alternative asset class
  • Examines quantitative techniques used by investment professionals
  • Addresses the unique attributes associated with the alternative investment space
  • Is supplemented by study materials available at

Since its inception in 2002, the CAIA Charter Program's diverse curriculum has benefited a wide array of professionals—from institutional investors, investment advisers, AI fund managers, and administrators to accountants, lawyers, and academics.

The CAIA Association is an independent, not-for-profit, global organization committed to education and professionalism in the field of alternative investments. It offers two exams (Level I and Level II) to financial professionals in this growing area. Upon successful completion of the two exams and other requirements, individuals are qualified to be designated as Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Charterholders. The CAIA Association has members from over eighty countries on six continents.

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Praise for
Alternative Investments
CAIA Level 1

"By reading CAIA's Alternative Investments: CAIA Level I, an aspiring investment analyst can quickly get up to speed on all foundational concepts of alternative investments. As a result, CAIA's book is a wonderful foundation of knowledge for anyone coming into the alternative investments industry."
—Hilary Till, Principal, Premia Capital Management, LLC; Co-Editor, Intelligent Commodity Investing

"Alternatives—such as hedge funds, private equity, and real estate—are an increasingly critical part of the investment portfolios of family offices, pensions, and other institutions. Yet many features of these asset classes remain shrouded in mystery. This book provides a broad yet thoughtful introduction to the spectrum of alternative investments."
—Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School

"The CAIA Association has set a new bar for excellence in alternative investments. Alternative Investments: CAIA Level 1 is an absolutely invaluable asset no matter what level of experience you have with alternative investments. The second edition currently sits on my desk, with dozens of sticky notes peeking out."
—Daniel Kerbach, CAIA, Head Global Portfolio Management, Julius Baer Group

"CAIA is the leader in alternatives education and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management is proud to endorse its third edition of the Level I textbook. Alternative investments can be a critical component of client portfolios. In a time of market uncertainty, demographic changes, and enhanced regulatory requirements, we believe that a greater understanding of alternative investments is essential before they can be integrated into institutional and private portfolios. This book fills that important need."
—Theresa Gusman, Managing Director/Chief Knowledge Officer, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

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