FIN 682 - International Asset Management


The course IAM will be offered in slightly modified form in the spring semester (FSS) 2019. The dates, times and rooms can be found on portal2. Please also join the respective ILIAS group of the current semester since all course materials as well as potential important announcements will be solely distributed via this ILIAS group . Additional information can be found in this document (preliminary, please check regularly for updates).


Course Outline

Lecture 1


In the preliminary chapter, the logistics of the course will be announced. In the introduction we will then discuss the setup and historical development of the asset management industry in important markets, as well as the products available.

Lecture 2

Setting up a Fund

In this chapter, we will look at the definition of delegated asset management and the most important products like mutual funds, and hedge funds. Relevant regulatory rules, fund characteristics, and the pricing, distribution and sales process will be covered as well. We will also go through some recent real cases.

Lecture 3

Investment Process

In this chapter, we will look at the different forms of market efficiency. Based on this, we will  cover the Active versus Passive Debate and the resulting implications for the investment process. We will discuss different tactical asset allocation & security selection strategies as well as topics relating to strategic asset allocation. The chapter will also provide insights that relate to risk management as a key component of successful asset management.  

Lecture 4

Performance: Measurement, Determinants & Prediction

The fourth chapter covers external and internal performance evaluation, performance attribution, determinants of performance, performance persistence as well as rankings and ratings. Moreover, the chapter will also provide some insights in the implications of different kinds of performance measurement in reality.

Lecture 5

Investor Behavior & Managerial Incentives

This chapter covers topics related to the behavior and incentives of investors and asset managers using recent findings in academia and real world cases.

Lecture 6


In our last session, we will discuss recent trends in asset management like socially responsible investing (SRI). Finally, we talk about the job market prospects before summarizing the course.  

Note that some contents of the chapters might slightly change due to the contribution of guest lecturers.

Persons in Charge

Dr. Tatjana Puhan

Dr. Tatjana Puhan

Adjunct Faculty
University of Mannheim
Swiss Life Asset Managers
General-Guisan-Quai 40
8022 Zurich (Switzerland)
Fabian Gamm, M.Sc.

Fabian Gamm, M.Sc.

PhD Student
University of Mannheim
Business School
L 9, 1-2 – Room 501
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
On appointment

    Additional Information

  • Logistics & Important Dates

    Please note that the lecture FIN 682 International Asset Management is offered only in the spring term. The course is organized in lectures and exercises.


  • Language

    The course is fully taught in English. All material as well as the final exam will be in English.



  • Exercise Sessions

    There will be exercise sessions taught by Fabian Gamm.


  • Assessment

    To receive a grade for the course students have to pass the final exam (100%, closed book). Time and date of the exam will be anounced during the semester by the Office for Student Affairs (“Studienbüro”). Please note that all material that is covered in the lecture or exercise is relevant for the exam.

  • Requirements for the Course

    There is no formal prerequisite for the course. However, we strongly recommend you to have completed the course FIN 500 - Investments I.

  • Material


    There is no specific textbook that the whole course is based upon. One useful introductory text is:

    • Haslem, John A. (2009): Mutual Funds - Portfolio Structures, Analysis, Management, and Stewardship, John Wiley & Sons.

    We will also provide a list with relevant papers for the various chapters in the lecture.

    Lecture Slides

    Slides and practice sheets will be posted on the Illias system. Please register for the course to get access to the relevant material. Here, you may find the presentation slides of the introductory session.

  • Registration

    To take the course students should register for the exam during the exam registration period using student portal.

    The early registration period “Mannheim Master in Management” (For fields: “Methods/Key Qualifications”, “Business Economics” and “Business Administration”) is applicable.